ReMix:Super Mario World "Da Phunky Forest" 2:43

By ella guro

Arranging the music of one song...

"Map 5 (Forest of Illusion)"

Primary Game: Super Mario World (Nintendo , 1990, SNES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2003-01-22, evaluated by the judges panel

Odd in a good way. Erratic percussion combines with mellow electric piano and MANY other cameo instruments including steel drum, theremin, guitar fret-noises, and several others. The result is a spooky, somewhat slapdash, but ultimately intelligent & musical arrangement from SMW. Judges all admired the originality, with Dan-the-Man noting: "Yeah I think this is another keeper. Except for the deviation from the original chord progression (which is a personal taste thing) it's very HQ with nice variation from the original but also staying faithful." - this from the OverClocked ReMix equivalent of American Idol's Simon Cowell :) If someone described simply in words, in greater detail, what newcomer Adhesive_Boy was trying to do with this mix, I would probably have some serious hesitancy toward whether or not it could be done and sound halfway decent, but while at times non-sequitir, this is a decent arrangement that takes some risks in the arrangement AND instrumentation arenas and pulls everything off in the end. Kudos for something different - definitely memorable; not driving or dancing music by a longshot, but something you can listen to and focus on and not get bored with - effectively changing background music into foreground music. Artistic, and recommended to the more adventurous.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-12-28 13:08:46

Definitely a very cool piece, and an awesome job making the source tune seem inherently spooky. If I wasn't familiar with Mario World, I would have assumed it was dark to begin with, that's how naturally Liz made everything click.

on 2011-10-01 14:28:36

You know, I gotta agree, I'm getting a little bit of a Scooby feeling on this one. Spooky and phunky, great for getting into the spirit of the month. Somewhat bizarre, but pleasing all the same.

on 2010-08-22 09:06:05

Sweet remix you got here! It sounds very spooky, I can just picture Mario riding on Yoshi going into the forest. Yoshi sees all the creepy stuff happening around the forest and clings onto Mario to protect him. Kinda like Scooby Doo clinging onto Shaggy when Scooby Doo gets scared.


on 2008-10-07 14:27:25

Very unique and slick take(s) on the theme, though that weird choir patch i could have done without; I guess it lends character to the song.

This is a pretty experimental mix; Some sections are spot on, and some really don't gel, IMO. The first rendition of the theme was the best, I thought. SOme of the others get a bit too out there to really strike me as much more than a novelty. Maybe i'm just thinking too conservatively. I didn't think the chiptunes and flute section worked at all. There wasn't any anchor to that section. Maybe with a solid beat and a strong bassline it'd be a different story.

Soundwise, I really liked the kick sample used; it fit perfectly with the busy patterns you used. The epiano was also nice.

I strongly recommend listening to this one, as there are some really cool ideas, even if a few of them go a bit too far.

on 2007-05-01 17:48:23

I'd just like to say that this remix is great and funny and...confusing. BUT THAT'S A GOOD THING, MR. ADHESIVE. The Forest of Illusion is about to get more hard to crack with this remix! (Also, my favorite sound in this remix is that wondeful and odd screeching noise. Spectacular!" :-)

Brand New Retro
on 2005-02-11 09:28:07

Super remix. Very imaginative, very technical, obscure but extremely listenable, very intelligent. Great work, well done 8)

on 2004-09-05 12:45:58

Awesome stuff, I love the sounds and samples and those triplets in the background

Al Capwn
on 2004-06-22 05:22:10

Great remix right here

Keep it up man

Vash the Stampede
on 2004-05-08 15:40:04

Great stuff man!! Loved this melody originally, and this ReMix is even better!!! Kudos for your great work man!!! :D

ella guro
on 2003-09-01 10:08:59

edit: link no longer works, sorry

This is the original .it file, compressed (to 6.86 megs) because it's pretty big and I was really inefficient with the samples. I recommend that you use MODplug tracker ( to open it instead of winamp, because with modplug you can view the actual notes and it plays .it files better anyway.

Nigel Simmons
on 2003-05-10 22:25:27

Man, this is sooo great. It's one of only a couple of remixes I actually come back and listen to once in a while. Outstanding. :D

on 2003-04-03 13:47:30

One of the coolest Tunes in mario World remixed with style. Thank You! It's great.

Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-01-29 16:53:28

It's original, clever, hard to describe, and the original song kicked ass to begin with! i like it a lot. I especially love the augmented chord at 0:40 I'm sucha sucker for those things. ^_^ The way the song moves smoothly brings in new musical ideas without leaving you behind. I'm sorry I make no sense. I'll just stop now.

on 2003-01-23 08:38:46

This track is a great combination of why-the-hell not spontaneity, and evenly- and carefully-measured mood. Eccentric, but effortless and talented eccentric, not random eccentric. I enjoyed this almost as much as Frosted Mini-Chex and it left fewer dishes to boot.

Great work!

ella guro
on 2003-01-22 19:29:25

Thanks a bunch, guys. You have no idea how happy I am right now...considering that this was put together for a contest in a short time span. Djpretzel did say "slapdash", which is true. I could've definitely made some transitions a lot better...but I felt like I just wanted to go crazy and do everything that came to mind with the tune. I just picked out random samples and started remixing. Certainly the most fun thing I've done...

And someone mentioned Radiohead - I love 'em! One of the keyboard riffs is similar to part of "Morning Bell" least a little anyway.

Thanks again, guys :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario World (Nintendo , 1990, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Map 5 (Forest of Illusion)"

Tags (4)

Electric Piano
Usage > Halloween

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