ReMix: Super Mario 64 "Somebody Set Up Us the Bob-omb" 3:08

By Theory of N

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Super Mario 64 Main Theme"

Primary Game: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64), music by Koji Kondo
  • Album: Featured on Super Mario 64: Portrait of a Plumber
  • Posted 2014-06-16, evaluated by djpretzel

    Here with a peppy, upbeat, & chippy electronic take on the main SM64 theme (and my favorite mix title of the album) is Theory of N:

    "Funny story behind this one. Way back in '07 when POCKETMAN started this Super Mario 64 project up, I auditioned for a track on this album (specifically "Lethal Lava Land") and got shot down because my music was terrible. Looking back, I completely agree with the decision to reject my audition. Fast forward to about a month ago. 9-bit Blizzard had recently been released and WillRock seemed to have taken a liking to my track, so he suggested me to Nutritious to take his place remixing the main theme. If that's not a testament to progress, I don't know what is!

    As for the mix, I've always been a fan of the more liberal side of arrangement and while I've wanted to remix this source for the longest time, I couldn't get much more than a straight cover until now. The best way I came up with to shake myself of cover-itis was to basically take the main melody and completely obliterate the harmonic context. This is probably one of the most inconsistently styled, eclectic remixes I've done to date, but I feel that it all fits together really well and I absolutely love the final product."

    Director Nutritious writes:

    "While the Bob-omb Battlefield (a.k.a. "Super Mario 64 Main Theme") song is covered elsewhere in the album in a humorous light, I also wanted a more traditional/instrumental take on the theme to compliment it. I initially took it upon myself to arrange the track. However, having little success, I shared my dilemma with WillRock, who suggested I contact ToN to see if he was willing to take it. Dustin agreed and soon provided me a rough draft that blew me away. This is a sweet chiptune-hybrid mix featuring excellent synth work and a catchy beat to the iconic original. I especially love the transition into the bridge section going from a chiptune breakdown and then suddenly kicking up the energy a few notches. Fantastic stuff."

    Love the static/vinyl retro feel to the intro, layering the familiar melody against a funky-as-all-get-out backing riff & segueing into higher fidelity @ 0'32". Theoretical or not, Mr. N has an amazing grasp on how to blend funk & chip, and has been knocking it out of the park in this regard for a good while now. Keep doin' what yer doin'!! The bass really grinds on this one, and the overall soundscape does a good job of blending lower-fi elements with more modern stuffs; I end up making a lot of the same observations about each new ToN mix, but that's only because he's getting the same awesome things right each time, but each time within the context of a new arrangement that takes a theme in directions I'd never have thought of. Kudos for doing this yet again, lending Portrait of a Plumber a very funky track, and turning main screen on so we can all get signal!


    Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    on 2016-08-31 22:25:18

    I'm not big on technomanga but everyone in a while there comes an electronic remix that I can't help but love. I love the armonies and chords used in this one. So energetic too! Bass samples are awesome.

    on 2015-12-06 12:43:47

    Man, this is just pure joy to listen to :) It's ridiculously upbeat, energetic and bouncy - a classic ToN song. The classic blend of funky and chippy elements creates a very sunny and carefree mix. So lovely 3

    on 2014-07-09 18:53:04

    I do not remember recommending you for this album, but I am SO GLAD I did. This is killer bro. I am fucking jamming.


    on 2014-07-09 16:39:47

    I love it!

    on 2014-06-20 12:53:56

    Such glitching fun all around, this is one of the highlights of the album for me. Just love how you manage to go from low-fi to amazing funk and back and forth again. Such a happy, peppy take on the main theme of the game, I like it. One of the best tracks I've heard from ToN so far.

    on 2014-06-20 10:27:40

    This, is just pure awesomeness, that bit where it sounds like the chip tune glitches 2:11 / 2:12 is epic, it actually made me think my computer crashed, but it continues to more awesomeness of the groovy beat, well done!

    Garrett Williamson
    on 2014-06-18 19:56:50
    Dear Dustin,

    How The Fuck Did You Write This

    It Is So Good



    This. /10char

    Benjamin Briggs
    on 2014-06-18 15:53:11

    Dear Dustin,

    How The Fuck Did You Write This

    It Is So Good



    Ethan Rex
    on 2014-06-17 00:27:21


    this is so god damn good holy shit fucking ahahhhahahhhhhhhhh

    that B section breakdown gets me off my ass and dancing every. fucking. time.

    fajdkl;fajdi;lkfajkd; so good

    Sam Ascher-Weiss
    on 2014-06-16 20:12:24
    ToN, you sir never fail to disappoint me.

    Watch your double negatives bro... anyway, great mix, unexpected twist on the source but it works!!

    on 2014-06-16 17:49:45
    no guys...hes saying its misspelled on the website and its true


    anyway...i dig this mix ! took a fun tune and made it SUPER FUn :D

    Well, crap :tomatoface:

    But yeah, this song is one of my personal favorites from the album. Sooo glad he was recommended :)

    Garrett Williamson
    on 2014-06-16 17:46:07

    ToN, you sir never fail to disappoint me.

    One of my favorites off the project by far.

    on 2014-06-16 17:25:12

    Or, maybe it's on porpoise _


    on 2014-06-16 16:56:04

    Also the title tag is wrong in the mp3 and FLAC, as well as the filename, it says "Bomb-omb". So it's wrong in most locations, actually. :-P

    on 2014-06-16 16:51:13

    no guys...hes saying its misspelled on the website and its true


    anyway...i dig this mix ! took a fun tune and made it SUPER FUn :D

    Sources Arranged (1 Song)

    Primary Game:
    Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64)
    Music by Koji Kondo
    "Super Mario 64 Main Theme"

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