ReMix:Super Mario Galaxy "Little Glockenspiel" 2:53

By Guifrog

Arranging the music of one song...

"Space Junk Road"

Primary Game: Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo , 2007, WII), music by Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota

Posted 2013-01-28, evaluated by the judges panel

Guifrog had a pretty awesome 2012 as well, following up his debut mixpost from 2010 with four diverse, creative, energetic arrangements from DKR, The Sims 3, QuackShot, and Castlevania - ALL of which you should check out if you haven't already! He starts 2013 off on a more personal, intimate note with this lovely orchestral ReMix of Super Mario Galaxy that features the title instrument as well as some Italian flavors; the artist explains:

"So I thought I'd treat Mario in a delicate way: small Italian touch throughout, in a way I'd see romantic Venice during a full-moon night. Just so you know: right now, I'm in Recife - Brazil, below a barely visible starry night, but nearby the ocean and its smooth sounds. Funny thing that immediately came to mind is, this city's also known as the Brazilian Venice, due to its many crossing rivers. That said, I suppose it's plainly possible to feel poetry over the goodies and problems inside Recife's shell.

You may see this one's a small, simple piece, and carries part of my underneath. I tried to create its structure carefully, and here's how I can sum it up: I feel small before people and dreamy before reality. The song has breaks that represent my difficulty on following paths - I tend to hesitate a lot. Then, after each break, the song comes stronger - and so does my sense of conviction. An acoustic guitar follows the glock; that expresses my passionate dreams... The track's beginning n' ending can be interpreted as a scene of someone sleeping. Which means you can translate 'little glockenspiel' not only as me, but as someone else. Or, everyone else. And the whole story would be a single dream. Life's a dream. That's what I believe in."

I always love Guifrog's comments because they're so heartfelt; the purity & positivity of his relationship with music comes through. This mix may be on the short side, but it has a playful shuffle, blends classical and traditional instrumentation for a bit of Meditarranean vibe as described, and capitalizes on the honest, straightforward beauty of Koji Kondo's original melody. OA writes:

"This is really nice; I love the soundscape and arrangement choices, and though some of the string sequencing sounds a bit slow on the attacks, it adds a bit to the dream-like quality the mix has. The guitar was pretty nicely sequenced, and the flow of the different sections was nice. Samples got the job done, and it feels to me kindof like a DarkeSword track, which is something I really enjoy. Nice work, I love it."

halc adds:

"I'd really like to hear someone do a more liberal take on this theme, but this was very pretty, and the personalization added here was still great. really loved the way you treated the melody/harmony right there before the end."

I agree that this melody would lend itself to something explorative and more drastic, but I also love the humble, unassuming treatment that Guifrog's provided; as he mentions, there's a certain delicacy to it that has a lot of charm.



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-28 12:38:21

This is one of the most compelling orchestrated tracks I’ve heard here. It’s so dreamlike, and whimsical. It’s part Super Mario RPG, part Super Mario Galaxy, and all brilliance. I especially love how the guitar blends with the orchestrated work here.

on 2015-12-12 14:10:48

This is absolutely beautiful! I think this is my favorite orchestral mix on OCR. It just sounds insanely uplifting and inspiring, and the lush soundscape really makes me think of Italy, or even Venice in particular. The moments @ 1:34 and @ 2:12 are especially light and sweet. So amazing!

on 2013-02-22 13:23:15

Don't know why, but whenever I see the word glockenspiel, I chuckle. Not sure why, just entertains me. Kinda like this ReMix does. I like Guifrog description of a romantic Venice during a full-moon night, and I can safely say that it does have effect. So awesome to hear a bit of Italian flavor and beauty thrown in the arrangement of this ReMix.

The Mac Attack
on 2013-01-31 02:23:28

I've been holding onto a couple of the old WIPs for this, and I'm glad it's finally made it onto the site.

A neat take on one of my favourite themes from the game. Nice one, Guifrog.

Elder Kirby
on 2013-01-29 00:44:05

Absolutely stunning! I love the addition of the guitar :)

on 2013-01-28 14:50:00

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo , 2007, WII)
Music by Koji Kondo,Mahito Yokota
"Space Junk Road"

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