ReMix:Super Mario 64 "Sunken Suite" 2:47

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dire, Dire Docks"

Primary Game: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo , 1996, N64), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2001-08-18, evaluated by djpretzel

Alright, so this is a little late. I've been saying I was gonna do another orchestral piece for months. Finally, I just got tired of seeing the Dale Norths and Matt Pollards of the world having all the fun ^^, and locked down on a rather unlikely choice - the water music from Super Mario 64. The entire intro to this ReMix superimposes totally original counter-melodies and harmonies over the BASIC chord structure of the melody, and the whole piece sort of escalates from there. This was one of the easiest ReMixes for me to make, for some reason, although it is fairly outlandish in concept and execution. Mostly Gigastudio (Piano, string sustains, english horn) but also some Motif (percussion, string hits, vibes). Ending gets a little loud (intentionally) but if you're like me it'll make you wanna do the happy dance . . . You're probably not like me ^^



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-07-05 05:53:16

A very beautiful remix, to listen again and again :)

on 2013-03-06 12:00:49

This is astonishing work given the stone age release date of 2001. Production is really good for a time before the VST and DAW boom. You were making sweet tunes before I even started to make music at all.

on 2011-09-24 16:16:35

Of the 200 or so mixes I've listened to, this is one is my favourite. The opening piano is beautiful, and when the percussion kicks in....


on 2011-05-26 17:37:05

I absolutely love this song. Maybe the official re-tweet will forgive my thread necromancy here , but I think it's time I took this into Audacity (unless someone has a better Linux tool they'd recommend) and dropped the intensity on the drum entrance. It's just too heavy for me.

I know most modern music for TV and small movies is synth rather than orchestral, but it can be really jarring when you go from something that's beautifully orchestral and natural sounding to some painfully obvious synth trumpet or sax; or in this case drums.

SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-21 00:09:25

This is a very unique take on the 'Dire, Dire Docks' theme. Namely because the seventh chords are all dropped in favor of basic chords. The result: it is still beautiful and perhaps more impressive because djp was able to evoke this much emotion without the aid of more advanced chords.

1:32 drums do a great job at pushing forward to the climax

on 2010-12-23 13:32:12

Oh....such beautiful music, good sir! The piano was SO good, and when the drums kick in, holy shit! This has....em....let's see if I can say it right, a kind of classy heroic anthemish thing going on in the middle, and it really blows me away before ending on that piano again. It's just one of those ReMixes that are so amazing, they seem to go by really fast and truly make me want more. Thank goodness for the repeat button.

on 2010-11-12 16:49:58

This song is amazing. It builds well and flows well and is just beautiful. I like how well it keeps with the source material both in note and in essence.

For those of you who know what Audiosurf is, this is one of those tracks that is just plain fun to ride.

on 2010-11-05 14:06:04
First heard this track when it came out originally. It still stands the test of time. djpretzel should do the entire OST w/collaborators. This track would make it hands down.

Totally agree. This is so very beautiful.

on 2010-07-03 14:27:44

First heard this track when it came out originally. It still stands the test of time. djpretzel should do the entire OST w/collaborators. This track would make it hands down.

on 2010-06-14 17:37:07

Oh wow. I heard this song years ago when I was listening to random remixes on the web. I loved it so much. It's so beautiful and peaceful. It literaly gives me chills.I am SO glad I found it again.

on 2010-06-01 15:19:08

Pretty classy stuff, with a nice soundscape and the snare at the end was a nice touch. I definitely hear the Dale North and Matt Pollard connection, though the drums were a bit more bombastic than what they would do.

The arrangement is short but sweet, and it's a good original song to cover, easily the best track in SMB64. No reason to not check this one out, It's good.

on 2009-12-11 19:25:55

Oh wow, when the snares come in near the end it's a total "Chariots of Fire" moment--was that intentional?

Anyway, beautiful piece. I always enjoy your work, I think you have a great sense of arrangement and it really shows through in these mixes you've put on the site.

on 2009-06-01 02:34:34

Truly magnificent! I do not think i've yet to hear a remix by you that can top this one! Amazing work on creating a masterpiece that focuses on orchestral arrangements that brings out the life of the original. I actually used this for my music appreciation class in college a few years back to turn in for a certain beat. This fit in perfectly!

Great work and I salute your efforts to bring this type of music to those who love to hear these mixes!


on 2008-06-26 11:51:13

I just want to say this is a fantastic song. One of the best on the site IMO.

on 2008-01-10 19:00:11

This is the most prize possetion in my music files.Also I will cherish this song until I die!The piano at the beggining is great!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (15)

Cinematic,Classical,Easy Listening
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Slow

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