ReMix: Super Mario Galaxy 'Meteorites and Rabbits'
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Check it out - our first Super Mario Galaxy ReMix! This also happens to be our first ReMix from "newcomer" jmr, aka Jeffrey Roberts, who's actually been registered on our forums since way back in April of 2002. He writes:
"Didn't plan on submitting this one, but after re-listening to and tweaking the PRC version, I felt it was a strong enough piece for me to at least attempt submitting it. I wouldn't be surprised if the arrangement is a sticking point. I'll admit it's fairly conservative at times, but the majority of the backing parts (especially in the latter half) are original. Either way, I hope you all enjoy it."
SMG has one of the best current-gen soundtracks out there, and stands as a shining example that song-based scores, with plenty of original melodies, are still appropriate and still resonate with gamers. I sometimes play this game JUST to hear the music, though I confess to my utter lameness in still not having beaten it - you try running this site, working full time, going to school, and planning for a wedding, and see how much gaming time you can manage :) The specific source here is NOT one of Kondo's tracks, and is actually by Mahito Yokota, who worked on the Kessen series as well as DK: Jungle Beat. Roberts did keep his arrangement fairly close, both melodically and in overall tone, to the original, but made some creative & pretty well executed changes and additions to the accompaniment. Larry writes:
"I had the opportunity to listen to this in the Austin airport on the way back from a business trip, and this was a nice transporting arrangement. I definitely understand Jeff's hesitation on the arrangement being conservative, but I think the overall mood was different enough and the new backing parts added another original level to this."
I agree; not every mix has to reinvent the source material to succeed. It's awesome when artists *do* find completely new directions to take a given piece, but it's also rewarding to hear mixes that stay in the same general vicinity while changing other internal elements up. In this case, the artist has definitely maintained the spacey, floating sensation Kondo and Yokota achieved with their combination of orchestral elements, bell pads, and theremin-esque synths. The rising and falling piano line has been replaced with pizzicato strings, which add an even lighter, buoyant feel, and the overall instrumentation changes all really serve to enhance the strength of the original melody, which is left intact. Not a ground-breaking mix, and not a perfect mix, but definitely a solid mix, and hopefully the first of many from jmr AND the first of many from Super Mario Galaxy's brilliant soundtrack!
- Cash and Change on November 8, 2011
- Crulex on December 23, 2010
This is wonderful. Perfectly captures the euphoric, spacey feeling that makes Galaxy the awesome experience it is. More please!
- The Radical Sifu on April 5, 2010
- Universe-X on February 14, 2010
Also, I really like the quiet strings around 2:30.
- Martin Penwald on December 16, 2009
Such a good job in capturing the mood of the original, jmr. The mixture of orchestral sounds and space synths are just as haunting. We really need more Mario Galaxy remixes for this site, not to mention space music genre. I think this is the first remix to feature the latter.
- SwordBreaker on December 16, 2009
All in all, I like it and totally recommend it.
- 42 on December 14, 2009
- Rozovian on December 13, 2009
- Hy Bound on December 8, 2009
Congrats on being posted, and I am excited to hear what you've got for us next! :-)
- OA on December 8, 2009
There's a lot of subtleties going on here that really add up to a sound-picture that's soothing and inventive. I still think you need to build a Theremin and I'll buy it off of you, but listening to this makes me think you'd be a lot more effective in using it. String work is superb, and I can't wait to hear how you tackle your next song.
- Level 99 on December 8, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on December 8, 2009
- MechaFone on December 6, 2009
- Less Ashamed Of Self on December 6, 2009
Best Mario game in the world!
Ok, enough with non-relevant opinions.
REALLY glad that jmr did this ReMix right. Super Mario Galaxy has a very, VERY strong soundtrack. It's tough to make something as good as Super Mario Galaxy better, or even just as good.
Gorgeous spacy feel, very relaxing and pleasant.
Downloaded as soon as I saw Super Mario Galaxy.
No regrets after the matter.
- Igami on December 6, 2009