ReMix:Tetris "The Peddler's Legacy" 4:59

By Vurez

Arranging the music of one song...

"A-Type (Korobeiniki)"

Primary Game: Tetris (Nintendo , 1989, GB), music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Posted 2011-03-15, evaluated by the judges panel

I can be a purist sometimes, and I generally like to keep things simple, streamlined, and clear. Therefore Tetris, and more specifically its music, is a bit of a pain point for me, as it is the sole exception to our rule that ReMixes must arrange music specifically written for use in a video game, not merely music that has been used in a video game. It may seem like splitting hairs, but when you think about it, it's actually really core to what we mean when we talk about VGM, and when we claim that our mission is to promote the recognition of video game music as an art form. I feel strongly that, in order for the term "Video Game Music" to mean anything, it really needs to be defined as music written specifically for a game. Otherwise, when you factor in Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and the fact that TONS of public domain classical compositions have been used in games for decades, you're basically saying that Avril Lavigne and Tchaikovksy are both game composers. Don't get me wrong, I love... Tchaikovsky... but no matter how hard the '1812 Overture' or 'March Slave' may rock, they weren't written for games.

Sorry Pyotr... I still dig you.

Of course, we realized all that when we revised the standards and added the explicit exception for Tetris; the presiding sentiment was that it was so commonly identified by most of the world as VGM that its absence on the site would be too flagrant an omission for artists and listeners alike. Bad call? Perhaps... but at least the double-standard was acknowledged and codified, and we gave it some serious consideration. If we hadn't, it seems unlikely anyone else was going to. You can accuse us of overthinking or - as I've actually heard someone say - "trying too hard," but we're passionate about VGM, we wanna represent it to the best of our abilities, and I'd much rather be guilty of overanalysis than apathy. Apathy's plentiful on the Internet, but it's only particularly cool for the five or six weeks it should take you to outgrow it, in high school... preferably earlier.

Alrighty, now that THAT's outta the way, you can safely forget all that hoity-toity academic BS and just enjoy the music... if you so choose. And Vurez has made that very easy for you, with an excellentic "authentic" approach to arranging the Russian folk song we all know and may or may not love. McVaffe had his own take on doing the theme up legit way back in 2002, but Vurez specializes specifically in believable ethnic instrumentation, and he's done a pretty awesome job proving it:

"I was going for a Russian folk/orchestral style for this one. There are a lot of instruments used and goes a lot of places. I don't know if you want to mention in the write up or not, but I made somewhat of a music video for it and posted it on youtube: It's a little random, but it shows some of the imagery I had in my head when putting together this track."

OA writes:

"The arrangement was melodically the same, but as far as backing tracks, counter melodies, and all the little details, it was stellar. The tempo increase at the end, and the well-used samples and maybe even some live performances mixed in? Either way, it sounds awesome."

Mr. Gerdt adds:

"With such short votes one would think I could add a lot. I can't. This is a really, really good arrangement that does some great stuff with the source without masking the original melody. Very nice!"

Pretty much; great work from Don on a classic ReMix that, regardless of the source questions, really shows his technical skill at arranging for diverse instrumentation.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-21 00:58:18

Sweet stuff, the drums groovy. Great instrumentation choices; there is a lot of fun noise here. Great job working with the melody, just stellar. The slowdown after the frantic accelerando was very nice. Awesome mix.

on 2012-09-16 22:15:02


Y'know, I like it!

on 2012-01-09 14:48:55

Sounds amazingly real to me! I love how the tempo changes over the course of the ReMix, almost like it's matching the feeling of the game as it progresses. One of the best arranged Tetris ReMixes I've heard, and being done in folk style just made it even more official. Sweet stuff.

Martin Penwald
on 2011-05-10 16:13:21

Instrumentation is most wonderful. Really has that certain, hard to describe "authentic" feeling to it.

Funnily enough, the first few seconds of the main melody (around 0:40) give me a Greek vibe.

on 2011-03-31 08:20:26

I think it is an artform itself to make a remix to a video game tune that has practically "seen it all" and even so make it stand out or at least interesting enough to listen to.

I cannot count how many tetris remixes I have heard so far, but this particular one catches my interest with excellent instrumentation. All the counter melodies and little enhancements give this original russian folk song a depth that I have not heard before. And while there is so much going on in the remix to pay attention to, it still stays honest to itself and the original composition.

Kudos, thumbs up and thanks alot for sharing this.

on 2011-03-24 11:31:30

Ahh tetris... the only game my mum can stand to even look at and play

This mix is a glory to behold,

It fits so well that if they made a remake of tetris today i would EXPECT this to be one of the main themes.

well done Vurez

When i heard this it made me smile even tho i could never play tetris (i was terrible at thinking fast)

This mix made me want to try doing the russian leg kicking dance for some reason. @.@

on 2011-03-21 14:14:38

I certainly do get to enjoy a wide variety of music. Considering the traditional music used in Tetris, it is only fitting for it to receive such treatment as this and have it be that grooving.

on 2011-03-17 12:55:53

Wow. Absolutely loved this. The video is really well done too. The folk vibe in this mix is just so authentic.

on 2011-03-16 23:45:45

So I take it Vurez is a history buff

on 2011-03-16 22:48:00


Agreed with South Pacific Islander. This is a what?!!!!........ :D

I was reading the introduction to this piece and was thinking "Uhm this is video game music. What in the world is DJP going on about?"

So much for knowing my vgm. :) I feel dumb, but in the same moment I think it totally awesome to learn what this really is.

Anyway, the 'Tetris' song is amazing to start with and Vurez takes it too a whole new level. I think I have all the remixes of this song that this site has put out. Thank you OCR staff for canonizing this song. :)

on 2011-03-16 12:59:40

OMG! Positively delightful. What a fun remix. I walked away after hearing this with a big smile on my face. Bravo!

on 2011-03-16 10:41:27

Been a follower of Vurez before his OCR submissions. There was this awesome Bright Man rock remix he had awhile back, from VGMix was it?

Anyway, I declare this to be the best Tetris remix ever! Sounds so authentic to Russian folk songs despite me not being a big wiz of those. It just feels Russian for some reason. Reminds me of Smash Bros' Brawl Type B's remix. This one is just as good, too.

Keep on rocking, Vurez.

on 2011-03-16 09:42:22

Vurez is the real master of ethnic mixes! I will agree with Bahamut, you can't not love this one: it is fun and very well executed, and the tune is just cool!

Very nice job, Vurez! :)

on 2011-03-16 09:10:37

Vurez's diversity of styles continues to surprise me. Hard not to like this ethnic fun take on the famous source.

on 2011-03-16 02:21:41

Love it! (10 char)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Tetris (Nintendo , 1989, GB)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka
"A-Type (Korobeiniki)"

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