ReMix: Super Mario 64 "The Third Dimension"

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Next up is Mr. Wheeler with a sizzling, chip-splosive take on the original SMB theme, also employed in SM64:

"At last, here's my take on the classic SMB theme (or more specifically, SM64's title theme). I used to think it was pretty cool. Then "The Life and Death of the Mario Bros." was posted, and I was no longer impressed with myself. Maybe you guys will still like it though! :P Jokes aside, I had a lot of fun making this track, and (even though it took FOREVER :P) I'm glad to have been a part of the album!"

This arrangement starts off seeming rather deliberate, but plenty of sub-divided & syncopated rhythms emerge as the piece progresses. Album Director Justin Medford writes:

"I was very pleased when halc joined up on the project. His upbeat, chiptune-y style is a great fit for this soundtrack. The title screen music is really just an arrangement of the classic Mario theme, so extra props to halc for bringing something fresh and new to an oft-remixed song. Just picture a giant 8-bit Mario head replacing the 3D manipulative Mario head at the beginning of the game and you've got the picture (see what I did there?). So good."

That would actually be a really cool easter egg for some future version of SM64... I've always kinda hoped the big N would go back and make a direct sequel to SM64 - same basic engine, dressed up to the 9's, with some new powerups here and there, but maintaining the more open feel of the game, relative to Galaxy and the New series. Of course, I'm also waiting for Phantasy Star V and Street Fighter Alpha IV and Space Harrier III - a man can dream, can't he? Plenty of chirpy, filtered synths, percolatin' percussions, and a deep triangle bass, along with FX & Mario himself a'makin' an appearance round out the soundscape, and LOOKOUT for dem BONGOS @ 1'57". The last 40 seconds trip out into outer space, terminating in an infinite bed of verb as the bassline keeps truckin' ever onwards - it's going the distance. Excellent stuff from halc that fits most of the good stuff in between the beats & packs in tons of variation!

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Discussion: Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Trism
on 2015-12-31 06:40:45

After a few listens my overall feeling about this track is that it feels a bit 'thin'. As mentioned by a few people above this is mostly due to the treble being turned up 11, but it's also the bit-crushed percussion along with the sound effects. The arrangement itself is excellent and the actual usage of the FX is very well done; however overall I don't really like this track myself.

nitrozsz
on 2015-12-14 00:01:51

This was an interesting arrangement of an iconic theme like this. The treble does seem abrasive to me at times as well, but it’s not super distracting. I love how the original sound effects, even those not used in Super Mario 64, were incorporated into this remix.

Crulex
on 2014-06-20 13:07:10

Great to hear halc give classic Mario is own brand of touch-up and expansion. I personally liked the use of SFX, especially the fireball noise to help move the beat along. Another wonderful ReMix from halc and a great addition to the album.

timaeus222
on 2014-06-17 17:22:57

I would have liked the treble to be a bit less abrasive, but otherwise, great, fun, and well-developed arrangement. :)

Liontamer
on 2014-06-16 00:13:03

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