ReMix: Mario Paint 'Intense Color'
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Speaking of intense color, and in keeping with today's cinematic motif, be sure to smell... or, rather, see Ultraviolet - it sets a new benchmark for the "let's have Milla randomly attack things against multicolored backgrounds" genre, which is really starting to be taken seriously by film connoisseurs. Fortunately, sephfire and SGX put a little more thought (read: at least some) into this, their latest ReMix and our first Mario Paint coverage for several years. Quoth the mix's initiator, sephfire:
"This remix probably isn't what most people would expect to hear from source material like Mario Paint. I'm not even completely sure what musical genre this remix is, but it was darn fun to make and it gave me the opportunity to butcher classic Mario tunes. Big thanks to NNY for making the request and to SGX for offering to help take this remix to the next level. After working together with him on various projects, it's an honor to finally have an official collaboration to submit to OCR. Enjoy!"
SGX explains his role:
"Sephfire sent me his remix a while back asking for comments. I liked it a lot and thought that I could add some to it and make it sound much more powerful, so I offered to do so with his input. I mainly worked in Acid Pro 5 bouncing pieces from sephfire's Reason file into the project so I could do all kinds of odd drum chopping, reverb distortions, reverses, pads, distorted sounds and the like. I just in general made stuff sound evil. It was great fun because I had sephfire's awesome stuff to work with."
The result lives up to its moniker, as there's general sonic intensity and a variety of auditory tricks and flips performed, though the tone remains consistently kickass. Mario Paint indeed isn't the easiest material to work with, so an expansionist approach is almost necessitated. Andy comments:
"A lot of this reminds me of BT of course, particularly the stuttering. The arrangement is really good too considering the simplicity of the original. The ReMixers really took it in a whole new direction. One could argue that at times it's TOO far but there are enough cameos of the different motifs from the original that I think that argument would not work. Structurally, there's a lot of motion and the whole thing is arranged logically in terms of dynamics and 'energy'"
It's definitely on the outskirts of liberal arrangement, but there's enough Italian plumber in there to still come off legit. The chiptunish bookend intro/outro works particularly well in this instance, as it's mangled presence segues into stark marcato strings and then wildly aggressive synth textures at 0'22"; it also closes things out appropriately. This is *great* driving music, perfect for a cruise on the freeway (at completely legal speeds, of course), and the boomerang fake ending (of sorts) at 3'34" is just plain neat. MP is tricky material, but when two complimentary forces like seph and SGX join up, you know the result is at the very least going to be fun to listen to. It's very polarized towards production and away from arrangement, but that imbalance makes a bit more sense for this brand of source material. Very aggressive and enjoyable stuff - I'd have preferred their combined talents been focused on game music with a little more substance to it, to allow for increased symbiotic hooks into a richer melodic host, but as-is this is still one kickin' ride.
- Cash and Change on November 8, 2011
Well this certainly was unexpected. The shock value of this song is what I enjoy the most I think. I mean, if you listen to the source, it really is a pleasant, catchy tune that you could find that you hum all day. This...well...this isn't that, and I love it!
The beginning had me wondering, to be honest, but the transition from that to the actual mix turned out to be very appropriate.
I'm still shocked. I never would have imagined this as a song that would accept such a heavy electronic sound so bizarrely well.
- Jae on June 5, 2009
This is also a great one to start with if you're new to the site.
- Sinewav on May 20, 2009
- glasfen on May 19, 2009
I just don't know if I'm supposed to be seeing sounds or hearing colors. :<
Either way, this is awesome track.
I love how it jumps from Mario Paint to dark-techno-orchestral.
I heavily endorse this product and/or service.
- 42 on January 17, 2009
- Forderz on December 31, 2008
this is just awesome.
great work guys.
- DiggiDis on September 24, 2008
- DragonAvenger on August 27, 2008
- Flexstyle on May 31, 2008
Review# 1/1522 Mario Paint: Intense Color:
Intense Color makes great sense to me because this remix is just that: Intense. It is so far the only track on here of the "Chase Techno" variety. I say this because it reminds me of people chasing after Jason Bourne in those quality films. Understandably this remix screams the frantic pace of someone running away from some unseen danger who is having no trouble catching up. The track even includes some "slow motion" effects of possible stunts in a blockbuster chase sequence.
Score: 10/10 "No Flaws"
(note it is possible to score an 11 but only the best track of all in my opinion gets this)
- FlamingTP on April 27, 2008
- Shadow Wolf on January 8, 2008
- quoda on January 8, 2008
in the intro i see a kid sitting down to start playing around in mario paint...when the cellos come in the lights begin to dim and the kids eyes begin to glow - as the electronics take over, the room is transformed into a barren world and mountains begin to grow and an ocean is poured as the child begins to create and his imagination takes him to places no one else can comprehend. at the end his mother is calling him to dinner so we return to the bookended original theme and he saves his work and turns off his SNES.
that's what mario paint was for me...my first real canvas, my first window into personal expression.
terrific job on the mix.
- LuckyXIII on June 4, 2007
- _blank on November 3, 2006
- sgx on April 13, 2006