ReMix:Super Mario Bros. "Aquatic Interlude" 1:18

By Brad Smith

Arranging the music of one song...

"Swimming BGM"

Primary Game: Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo , 1985, NES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2002-08-17, evaluated by djpretzel

Our first submission from Brad Smith, this quaint SMB Underwater mix was actually composed back in 2000, but thankfully upon stumbling on OCR Mr. Smith decided to submit it. It's a refreshingly simple arrangement for classical guitar with some minimal backup from synth pads, but it's just . . . perfect in a strange way. Very simple, but touching and musical in a way that some of Kanno's solo stuff from the Cowboy Bebop OST is. The articulations on the guitar are immaculate and, while short, the piece definitely captures a nostalgic, reminiscent quality that's really something. The source material was practically born for this sort of coverage, but it's not a mix I would have expected due to classical guitar arrangements being fairly thin on the ground. Deceptively good and definitely recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2022-04-18 01:06:41

It almost hurts my soul that it’s so short, but it’s so peaceful and true to the source that it is still lovely to listen to on a loop for a bit. Definitely agree that this would be a great cutscene track. Always nice to hear mixes build on a song for several minutes, but I’m ok chilling out with this one for a minute as well.

on 2017-12-02 13:30:46

Would be perfect for the ending cutscene of a water stage, with Mario floating on his back. ^_^

on 2009-05-25 07:29:18

It's a shame it is so slim, but I still think the theme was represented quite well. It's a great sounding cover, and there's some real feeling to the notes. It's a treat to hear something so bare and subdued.

But at this length, and with those tools, the mix was always destined to be lost amongst the sea of greatness.

It's definately nice while it lasts, though.

on 2008-04-24 12:20:06

Very pretty but so short. :-(

I'd love to hear a solo section or a bridge section added. I'm glad this got in when it did, because there's no way it'd pass now, but it's very soothing.

DS's comments about adding mandolin (and maybe accordion) are spot on, and would really take this mix to the next level.

Still, as is, it's very nice.

on 2007-02-11 02:41:16

Great stuff, this mix. Short, but definitely very personalized in the performance.

Someone on DeviantArt did a simple but cute flash animation of Bloopers with a loop of this mix running. Check it out:

on 2006-07-22 20:05:01

great song i love the whole acoustic feeling, id be really grateful if you could post the tabs for it (id love to try and play it)

Pip is uh.....
on 2005-03-13 22:43:56

This is one of my favorites. Short yes but its oh so perfect! I can find anything wrong with it. Here's why.

A. It's guitar

B. Its in the classical style

C. The underwater theme *which is basically the title screen theme* is a really underated Mario theme which just rocks.

D. It's guitar.


on 2005-01-27 16:09:34

Wow, I liked! Beautiful guitar! And excellent Swimming Theme! =^.^=

Jean Of mArc
on 2003-08-07 23:58:31

I love mixes like this. Very peaceful arrangements of a song we all know and love. It's just a guitar playing a very well-played randition of the water theme, and it's very easy and nice to listen to.

Beautiful, honestly.

The strings the second time through could have been better, but the way Brad Smith plays the guitar here is all I need to make me listen again and again.

I wish it had been longer than 1:20 though.

Then again there's only so far you can go with one melody and one instrument.

on 2003-03-07 17:33:31

Actually the intro was surprisingly easy to do:

on 2002-08-20 12:14:55

I think it was a good choice to use multiple guitar tracks instead of cramming it onto a single ensures most of the notes are well-timed and ring out. Plus the intro (which is repeated when the theme starts over) seems like it would be awkward on 1 guitar what with both parts moving in opposite directions ;). As far as composition, it's pretty true to the original with the guitar tone itself bringing the unique-factor.

This and ryan8bit's crystalis remixes are the first acoustic guitar pieces I've downloaded from overclocked: both are good examples of the 'feel' that non-keyboard-midi-instruments can add to songs. This mario one is less creative composition-wise but stronger presentation-wise than ryan8bit's. Time to search for more guitar-centric stuff!!!

on 2002-08-18 19:50:50
Ryan8bit- reminds me of your Crystalis remix. Really like that one too.

Thanks. Sometimes it's nice to have music that is just calm and not so in-your-face. Although I do like variety. So long as music conveys emotion, I like it. And to me, this song did it.

Captain Red
on 2002-08-18 10:50:28

Excellent piece. Very excellent. I love the classical guitar anyway, though.

This is how the aquatic theme was meant to be played. It flows along, all the while with a sense of... remoteness. Like being removed from the world on land, and looking at it while leisurely padddling through water.

Darkesword- That's weird. I had the same kind of thought about it... with the gondolas, I mean. Well, similar at least. This piece/arrangement really reminds me of the Third Man theme.(Set in Vienna, but it's the same continent. :¬) If you haven't heard that song yet, give a look for it. It's by Anton Karas.

Ryan8bit- reminds me of your Crystalis remix. Really like that one too.

Lakilelet- pun blatant=yesyou're all wet/pun. Besides, if you want to lose the "crack" redownload. At least give it a try uninterrupted.

After this one, I'm looking forward to the next brad smith submission.

on 2002-08-18 00:33:21

Anyway, this little mix is very nice. The guitar works very well, and the pads are a nice bonus. I dunno why, but this song makes me think about sitting at a café or something in Venice, Italy with a lovely girl, just watching the gondolas float by.

I'd love hear a longer version of this, perhaps with some mandolins in the background; a little more italian flavor, if you will. ^_^

But as it is, it's a very pretty mix that stands up on it's own. Good job!

on 2002-08-17 21:09:33

Finally, a mix of the aquatic theme. But what do we get? A simple arrangement that has a crack in it (in my player, it just stops so I have to click past that point). There is nothing I find worthwhile in this piece. It's a Tosser.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo , 1985, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Swimming BGM"

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Time > Duration: Short

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