ReMix: Super Mario World "Grand Valse Mario" 2:27

By Bladiator

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Overworld BGM"

Primary Game: Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990, SNES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2005-03-20, evaluated by the judges panel

Karl pretty much sums it up:

"I'm a crazy piano bastard, and this is what I do to feed the rabid piano remix fan base of the internet world."

There you go, you rabid piano remix fans. Now wipe that foam off your mouth, undilate your pupils, etc., and check out this lovely Super Mario World waltz, hot on the heels of blad's Kirby waltz. The man loves his waltzes, to be sure. Fortunately, this waltz-fondling, crazy, piano-loving bastard was willing to resubmit this short but sweet arrangement when Gray, Binnie and I noticed some distortion/clipping. Different judges had different results depending on their headphones, speakers, etc., but with this cleaned-up recording Karl took the beef to the butcher and made it all better. It was especially important to me because I love what he's done here, and because with an isolated recording like you find with solo piano mixes, any artifacting is all the more problematic and inconducive to focusing on the music. Larry Oji, whose absence the community yet again painfully endures as he experiences further computer ills, quips:

"I better not let my girlfriend hear this one, or she'll leave me for Karl with a K."

Or perhaps not a quip at all? Only time shall tell. The double-fisted chords and gusto the "B-Unit" (to paraphrase Oji) puts into this brief bit is impressive, and at 1'31" Karl lays down the ivory smack with an especially macho quicksilver run, followed by more power chords and some trills. There's not much else to say - this is essentially how to arrange the track in question from SMW in a solo piano waltz, and do it well, and if that sounds like a good gig, you'll want in. Belated birthday props to Karl, who continues to make being a crazy piano bastard an enviable vocation.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-08-04 22:14:21

A year ago I printed off the sheet music for this not realizing how hard it was going to be...

Within 3 months I had the whole thing memorized and could use any piano to practice it without the sheet music.

I'm just barely now getting the crazy run in the middle up to speed.

You are an amazing pianist Karl! If I had waited until I was better at the piano it wouldn't have taken me a year to learn (I already knew how to read music from a different instrument so starting at the piano was fairly easy, so I attempted something fun), but if you put in enough work, you can do anything, right? I've put in countless hours to learning this song (No joke, if I go for too long without practicing I lose some muscle memory and have to go backwards), and though those in my household don't agree, I still like this song!

on 2010-04-30 22:24:14

all hail crazy piano bastard and his truly imaginative valse spin on the Mario theme. Well, if I remember correctly, the tune got its valse spin itself in the aquatic levels, but this one is sweet full of vigorous variations... :)

on 2010-04-30 15:25:36

A very fun arrangement with a lot of personality and some very cool variations that are completely unique but still grounded in the source. An excellent build to a super finale, this is ridiculously well thought out, and is one of the best piano mixes i've heard in awhile, as well as one of the best Super Mario World mixes i've heard. Combine those 2, and it's pretty obvious that this is a classic.

on 2009-12-05 17:00:25

Holy Cow...

I tried following along with the sheet music for this one and wow... Not only is this aurally interesting but visually interesting too. Up and down, back and forth, slow and fast, loud and soft.

The simplicity of a piano arrangment allows not only for the highlighting of a theme but also amazingly easy access to the manipulation of the dynamics (not specifically how loud or soft a sound is but any technique used to make a piece interesting to listen to) of the song. I stand in awe...

Oh, and as far as Mario and piano arrangments go, this is amazing; go check it out.

on 2008-12-06 14:52:38

Alas, I too am of the frothing hordes of rabid piano aficionados; I have no alibi, but I also have no regrets.

I absolutely love this piece, and often find myself inadvertently pretending to play it.

on 2007-08-27 14:12:51

This is pretty much THE song (together with Chopinesque Kirby) that brought me to start learning to play the piano, and also the reason I feel like I'm progressing really fast (been playing for a month and a half, and almost got Chopinesque Kirby nailed). These two songs really hold a special place in my heart for the simple reason that they're some of the very first OCRemixes that I've heard and that were able to leave me awestruck at the amazing arrangement, and the skillful and emotive use of dynamics and playing in general. To sum it up, Bladiator, you're a god on piano, and thanks for introducing me to such a fine instrument. =P

on 2007-06-05 01:19:53

I love all you guys.

Yeah, it's a keyboard.

on 2007-06-05 01:09:37

Alright. Well, thanks for telling me what he used - like zircon said, it doesn't matter THAT much, since he performed the piece live and it still sounds relatively real, especially compared to other mixes. I tend to be super-picky about music; basically, the less synthesized something is, the more I'll like it. That probably stems from the fact that I play all my music using actual instruments rather than synthesized sounds and arrangements. Again, though, that's just me - I like music to be as close to the actual thing as possible; it just feels more "real" to me that way. Thanks again.

on 2007-06-04 16:06:17

I've been having trouble getting in touch w/ Karl lately... I think this mix used sampled piano, but it doesn't really matter. He played it in live (as opposed to sequencing), and piano samples are so realistic these days that it doesn't really matter what you use IMO.

on 2007-06-04 15:30:36

I recently heard Bladiator's "Super Mario World Grand Valse" remix; I think it's a very well done piano mix, probably one of the best I've ever heard. I'm curious about one thing, however: is that an actual piano playing the song, or is the piano sound synthesized? It certainly sounded like a real piano to me, but I just want to make sure. I'd prefer if Bladiator himself could answer this for me since it's his work, but if anyone else knows what it is, feel free to speak up. Thanks.

on 2006-09-28 21:28:05

I'm quite certain I hear a bit of Bergmuller at the beginning, I think it's the C major(?) chord followed by the three 16th note Cs. Very good though, I've always loved waltzes.

The Orichalcon
on 2006-05-25 23:14:23

Karl's still the man. Been listening to this one a lot recently. Loving it more now than before for some reason.

Doo, doo doo. Love that ending.

on 2005-08-06 00:45:26

Gershwin is alive???

on 2005-06-16 23:18:15
Well done Karl, and don't give up in making Paige fall for you!


Karl with a K, I'm watching u. U2, Bev with a B.

*ponders the thought of alternate spellings of Bev that don't include a "B," and still remains baffled.*

Great mix, Blad, you are a piano god.

on 2005-06-16 22:36:29
Well done Karl, and don't give up in making Paige fall for you!


Karl with a K, I'm watching u. U2, Bev with a B.

No you're not, I'm standing right behind you.

Bwahaha, just kidding. But seriously, I was.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Overworld BGM"

Tags (3)

Arrangement > Solo
Time > Duration: Short

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