ReMix: Super Mario Bros. 'Me and Mario down by the Schoolyard'
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Back from PAX East (thanks for coming out to our panel!) & ready to post up some new music! I'm a huge fan of Simon & Garfunkel as well as Paul Simon's solo work, so the mix title here was a tantalizing promise - SMB in the style of "Me and Julio"?? Genius! Jeremy & Haroon teamed up for this short-but-sweet effort and delivered the folk-rock goods, with acoustic guitar, mixed percussion, and whistling all very much in the style & spirit of that classic track, being applied to ANOTHER classic track, the SMB overworld theme; Geoffrey Taucer (Jeremy Waters) writes:
"Oh, man, I've been kicking the idea for this one around forever, but when Haroon and I finally got to actually recording it, we knocked out the entire track in four days. I sketched out the arrangement and played the guitars and percussion (which was also done on guitar); Haroon supplied some additional arrangement ideas, recorded the whistling, and handled all the production. He also did some significant splicing and timing correction on my playing, doing an admirable job of covering up my hopymelaninic arrhythmia."
"I volunteered to whistle and arranged some of the sections along with Jeremy, though it was mostly Jeremy's arrangement. My background is in audio engineering, so I mostly wanted to help Jeremy by setting up mic placements, recording everything, and cleaning takes so he could worry about the arrangement and less about engineering. Some of the instruments are stereo recorded while others were doubled for each channel. I also sequenced the monkey sounds. We had a difficult time finding the right monkey sound for that sequence, but we pulled it off. The monkey sound is suppose to encapsulate you and Mario monkeying around at the schoolyard. Oh, and when I recorded all the instruments, it was a beautiful day out. If you listen hard enough, you can hear the sun shining in the background."
Nice; the Simon track definitely has a sunny day, carefree vibe going on, and that's been captured here as well, plus the overworld BGM is pretty plucky & upbeat to begin with. Emunator concurs:
"Well, this is just fantastic! I wasn't familiar with the stylistic homage (before my time, I guess!) but Kristina pointed out the connection to me and it only intensified my love of your mix! Down to the little details, you guys nailed the task of converting the classic Mario theme into the style of Paul Simon. You can feel the heart and love that went into crafting this. This put a huge smile on my face, thanks for that guys!"
Alterations to timing and to a lesser extent progression both serve to fit the theme to the approach, and it all flows naturally. It's important that a piece like this be well-crafted but ALSO nonchalant - has to sound fun, not labored over, while still holding together. I think that's exactly what Jeremy & Haroon have accomplished, and I think it'll bring a smile to your face, too!
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