ReMix: New Super Mario Bros. "Plains, Capes and Turnips"
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- Game: New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 2006, NDS)
- ReMixer(s): Chris Lundberg, David Lindskog, Jackson Stevens, Kevin Matthews, Rose Martin
- Composer(s): Asuka Hayazaki, Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo
- Song(s): "Aboveground BGM", "Overworld BGM", "Swimming BGM", "Swimming BGM", "Yoshi's Island"
- Posted: 2012-10-17, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): happy live-recording marimba medley tempo-fast xylophone
It's a-me, a CHROMATIC PERCUSSION MARIO JAM! Newcomer & mallet ringleader David Lindskog writes:
"I've had this idea for a few years to arrange a bunch of super mario music into a xylophone rag and perform it. I finally decided to make it happen this year during my senior year of my undergrad at the Lamont School of Music at University of Denver. So this arrangement is for 5 players: 4 marimba players and 1 xylophone soloist. The players in this recording are as follows:
Xylophone: David Lindskog
Marimba 1: Jackson Stevens
Marimba 2: Kevin Matthews
Marimba 3: Rose Martin
Marimba 4: Chris Lundberg"
That's a lot of marimbists!! Always great when to see artists realize arrangements they've had kicking around in their brains for a long while - cathartic, and the results are usually distinct & memorable. In this case you've got themes from SMW, SMBs 1-3, NSMB, & SSB all covered by a live recording of a chromatic percussion quintet, which makes for a fun romp through a lot of familiar melodies. Love that opening intro cartridge sound + two-note SNES/coin riff! Larry writes:
"The SMW Overworld section had me worried a bit, as the arrangement was obviously cool, just very cover-ish, even for a pure mallet percussion adaptation. Luckily after the transition to the SMB3/SMB Water combination, the arrangement had some more interpretation. It's conservative, but the arrangement was definitely personalized and expressive. The transitions were a little jumpy, but nothing was awkward, and the overall flow was fine. Big props to David and crew for an extremely fun mix!"
Definitely on the conservative side AND there are some medleyitis symptoms at times, but whenever adapting themes for a quintet like this, there's BOUND to be a certain level of interpretation just for sheer logistics, and the Mario melodies employed are all upbeat & happily play nicely with one another. Palpable sums it up:
"Hard not to like this one. Mario songs are very well-suited to chromatic percussion as it turns out, and this offered some cool new ideas for songs that have been done to death. It played out a little like a medley, but the flow between songs was good and the piece had a clear direction. Like the others, I thought it veered pretty close to being too conservative, but every now and then a new countermelody or chord would surprise me. Great performance."
Classy rendition of classic tunes that has all the excitement & dynamics of talented musicians playing similar instruments in ensemble - there's a video of the same guys & gal performing the piece that you should definitely check out as well. Great energy, great musicianship, and great mix title, too!
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