ReMix: Super Mario 64 "Toadstool's Groove"
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PLUMBER FLOOD continues flowing as Tetrimino hit us up with a lovely SM64 arrangement in their quintessentially musical fusion/jam band style:
"Greetings! This is our fourth submission to OC ReMix. Our lineup consists of Michaela Nachtigall on the violin, Kristopher Salada on the keys, Matt Mukerjee on the bass, and Mitchell Cairns on the drums.
This is our contribution to the Operation: 1-UP video game music cover album. All proceeds from this album will go to John Means, a young teenager who is currently suffering from kidney failure. The money raised will help cover the cost of John's medical expenses, including the dialysis treatments and kidney transplant.
Because the title of the album is called Operation: 1-UP, we decided to cover a song from Super Mario 64. We chose a song that's not often covered, but we're sure you'll remember "Inside the Castle Walls!" Here is a video of our performance: http://youtu.be/t6okANx5PFE
Even though this song is meant to be subtle background music, we created an arrangement to be much more dynamic. We incorporated viola to cover the lower harmonic notes, making more space for the piano. Add some groovy bass and upbeat drums, and you have a full-fledged arrangement of the music that you hear inside Princess Peach's castle!
We hope you enjoy the nostalgia!"
Great music for a great & personal cause; check it out. First thing you have to know is that you should probably train yourself, Pavlov-style, to download any Tetrimono ReMix we post - consistently smart arranging & excellent musicianship that feed on one another and make for some great tracks. Palpable lays it down:
"While the piano is pretty conservative here, especially for the first half of the song, there's a lot of funky work going on in the bass and drums, which pop and slide all over the place. Funky is an understatement: they sometimes make my head involuntary move at weird angles. I mean that in the nicest way possible. The viola adds some classy touches here and there, and the section where it doubles the piano is surprisingly fun thanks to the surrounding instrumentation. Around the halfway point, the song goes into some original territory for a much needed reprieve. The final section is more playful with the source and lets the bass connect the dots between melody lines, before ending with a great piano solo and a couple cameos. Amazing that a simple, fairly understated VGM song can be stretched into a 4:44 song that I didn't want to end. That's a testament to Koji Kondo and of course, Tetrimino."
Indeed; this isn't a source that lends itself to obvious extension, but if anyone's up to it, you know Tetrimino are; their fourth featured ReMix continues a straight streak of VGM arrangement excellence!
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