ReMix:Super Mario 64 "Toadstool's Groove" 4:44

By Tetrimino

Arranging the music of 3 songs from 2 games ( view all )...

"1UP Sound", "Game Over", "Inside the Castle Walls"

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

Posted 2015-09-14, evaluated by djpretzel

PLUMBER FLOOD continues flowing as Tetrimino hit us up with a lovely SM64 arrangement in their quintessentially musical fusion/jam band style:

"Greetings! This is our fourth submission to OC ReMix. Our lineup consists of Michaela Nachtigall on the violin, Kristopher Salada on the keys, Matt Mukerjee on the bass, and Mitchell Cairns on the drums.

This is our contribution to the Operation: 1-UP video game music cover album. All proceeds from this album will go to John Means, a young teenager who is currently suffering from kidney failure. The money raised will help cover the cost of John's medical expenses, including the dialysis treatments and kidney transplant.

Because the title of the album is called Operation: 1-UP, we decided to cover a song from Super Mario 64. We chose a song that's not often covered, but we're sure you'll remember "Inside the Castle Walls!" Here is a video of our performance:

Even though this song is meant to be subtle background music, we created an arrangement to be much more dynamic. We incorporated viola to cover the lower harmonic notes, making more space for the piano. Add some groovy bass and upbeat drums, and you have a full-fledged arrangement of the music that you hear inside Princess Peach's castle!

We hope you enjoy the nostalgia!"

Great music for a great & personal cause; check it out. First thing you have to know is that you should probably train yourself, Pavlov-style, to download any Tetrimono ReMix we post - consistently smart arranging & excellent musicianship that feed on one another and make for some great tracks. Palpable lays it down:

"While the piano is pretty conservative here, especially for the first half of the song, there's a lot of funky work going on in the bass and drums, which pop and slide all over the place. Funky is an understatement: they sometimes make my head involuntary move at weird angles. I mean that in the nicest way possible. The viola adds some classy touches here and there, and the section where it doubles the piano is surprisingly fun thanks to the surrounding instrumentation. Around the halfway point, the song goes into some original territory for a much needed reprieve. The final section is more playful with the source and lets the bass connect the dots between melody lines, before ending with a great piano solo and a couple cameos. Amazing that a simple, fairly understated VGM song can be stretched into a 4:44 song that I didn't want to end. That's a testament to Koji Kondo and of course, Tetrimino."

Indeed; this isn't a source that lends itself to obvious extension, but if anyone's up to it, you know Tetrimino are; their fourth featured ReMix continues a straight streak of VGM arrangement excellence!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-09-08 03:02:09

Turning a theme that originally sounded like pure elegance into a more upbeat, happy and lively tune is such a step up in expanding and exploring the musical possibilities of a great theme, so well done in making something really fun and groovy to listen to. Things definitely picked up around 2:13, and those extended portions were the highlight of this mix to me. Amazing piano and violin work, which is always something I enjoy hearing. Not a bad performance at all, and a solid live mix.

on 2015-12-30 04:07:30

Interesting take on the original -- I wasn't expecting something that groovy while thinking about the source. The later improvisation parts were awesome, those performances were excellent and still close to the overall mood of the remix. Nice production IMO. Super job here! :)

on 2015-12-10 12:05:58

Honestly, this is not my favorite jam from this band, mostly becuase of how conservatively it begins, but the further flouroshes, like the improvisation @ 2:12 made this tune a bit more fresh and lovely. Very nice track, nonetheless :)

on 2015-12-08 20:22:05

Love the solos and the various variations on the melody. They really make the track feel fresh and entertaining all throughout the entire nearly 5 minutes.

on 2015-09-16 11:50:30

Yes, loudr sales also go towards John's gofundme as well.

on 2015-09-15 09:52:47

Will the proceeds go to John Means' gofundme campaign as well if I buy the album from instead of iTunes? I don't like iTunes.

on 2015-09-14 19:35:53

I really like the feel of this arrangement. While I'm still not entirely sold on the mixing, it definitely grew on me.

on 2015-09-14 02:10:59

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
Super Mario 64 (Nintendo , 1996, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Inside the Castle Walls"
Additional Game:
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo , 1985, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"1UP Sound"
"Game Over"

Tags (8)

Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Arrangement > Quartet
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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