Posted 2015-09-14, evaluated by djpretzel

MOAR MARIO, as newcomer Stephan Wells, with Laura Intravia on flute, sends us a stirring & triumphant chip/orchestral arrangement of several tunes from the inspiring Super Mario Galaxy OST, off of Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash:

"Hi, I'd like to make a submission to OC ReMix. It's a Super Mario Galaxy medley, made entirely by myself, with the exception of a fantastic flute performance by Laura Intravia, done under very short notice! In fact, this whole track was done under short notice. I decided to take on the crazy task of finishing this track in a couple of days.

Super Mario Galaxy is not only up there in my favourite games list, but it also has hands-down my favourite video game soundtrack ever. The Smash Bros. fan arrangement album expansion Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash was nearing the end of development, and when I realised that there was a need for Super Mario Galaxy music in there, I took it as an opportunity to create a large medley as tribute to the soundtrack, which just about made it into the album with hours to spare.

I tried experimenting a little for this. Instead of going for a straight-up orchestral medley, I decided to spice things up a little, making it a chiptune/orchestral hybrid. There are sections which are purely chiptune, sections which are purely orchestral, and sections where both genres play together. I had a hard time making it, owing to the facts that it was my first time ever playing around with chiptune, and that it was made in 30 hours spread across just over 2 days, due to a harsh deadline. So, yep, basically non-stop work to get this done. Didn't get much sleep, but it was WORTH IT.

Of course, it was also difficult getting a medley of various different tracks to sound cohesive, but the good news is that Super Mario Galaxy's soundtrack fits naturally well together, and with a bit of thought and playing around with key/tempo, I think I did a good job of making the medley sound like one big arrangement, rather than six little ones.

I hope that, above all, it gets received well, as I'm sure there are a lot of fans out there who, like me, hold Super Mario Galaxy's soundtrack in high regard.

It was made using Image-Line FL Studio 11, with the following plugins:

  • EastWest Symphonic Orchestra Silver
  • EastWest Hollywood Brass Gold
  • EastWest Hollywood Strings Gold
  • EastWest Stormdrum 2
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere
  • Versilian Studios Marimba
  • Virtual Guitarist
  • mda ePiano
  • BiT BOX
  • Bleep'
  • Magical 8bit
  • Sytrus
  • 3xOsc
  • Vengeance Drum Samples
  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2
  • Fruity Reeverb
  • Fruity Delay
  • Fruity Compressor
  • Fruity Chorus
  • CMT Bitcrusher 1

Also, those aren't the original Mario sound effects you're hearing in the background at some points. The Mario sound effects in the arrangement were recreated from scratch using the following video:
Hope I got them to sound like the real thing!

Here's a list of the times in which each track appears in the medley:

0:00 - "Stardust Road"
0:45 - "Into the Galaxy"
1:23 - "Good Egg Galaxy"
2:43 - "Starbit Festival"
3:02 - "Gusty Garden Galaxy"
4:52 - "Power Star Get!"

Hope you enjoy it. :) I worked very hard on this and consider it one of my best tracks to date. I hope you agree! Thanks for listening and comments would be much appreciated!"

Fantastic debut; Shinesparkers' "Harmony of" albums have resulted in a ton of mindblowing VGM arrangements, and we're always happy to see them submitted to OCR, especially when they're as exciting & well-executed as this energetic journey across several SMG soundtrack highlights. I also appreciate the level of detail & background info the artist provided on the production & arrangement of the mix; very illuminating. Larry writes:

"I enjoy hearing Mahito Yokota get his due in the VGM scene, as he's done a spectacular job carrying the banner as the Mario series' main composer since starting off with Super Mario Galaxy. This keeps things melodically conservative while personalizing the orchestration approach and adding in some good, subtle chiptune touches. While I thought some of the transitions here weren't smooth enough, overall this was nice work by Stephan combining this group of Yokota's themes together and giving them his own spin. In a good move by Final Smash's assistant director, getting Laura involved always makes a good thing even better. Hearing the "Star Festival" melody at 3:08 in a chiptune style was my personal highlight, along with a flawless transition of the theme back into orchestral at 3:34. Nothing but a fun first impression from Stephan. :-)"

The louder, more anthemic ensemble passages really convey that sense of adventure & grand scope that made the original score so amazing (also one of my favorites!), while the introduction of chiptune & other electronic components is seamless. Awesome stuff, a highlight-among-highlights on Final Smash, and a fantastic OCR debut from Stephan - highly recommended!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-01-01 19:57:02

A grand ReMix that combines the beauty of SMG's spacey whimsical woodwinds and some faster chiptunes and percussion, really drives home the feeling of Mario's later games for me. Fun and epic with it's orchestration, this sounds like an ending to a wonderful adventure, and I really liked this one.

on 2015-12-30 20:04:49

Great intro and awesome atmosphere. Admittedly, I wish that was the direction the mix took instead of chiptune + strings, but what it does do is good. The mellow part at 1:53 is great and its transition into a celebratory orchestra is even better. Very good mix despite inital disappointment.

on 2015-12-30 04:13:47

Beautiful soundscape and sound design! The arrangement is lovely, and I love the strings. It becomes more epic later on, and as I would have loved to hear more of the intro, the rest was EXCELLENT. Man, the performance and arrangement are of great quality. The chiptune part wasn't expected, but was a super addition! How did I miss this one before? I'll come back to this one a few times! Excellent job! :)

on 2015-12-30 01:20:30

Oh man, I LOVE Galaxy music, and this mix does it justice. The sweeping orchestral parts combined with the backing chippy sounds, like the Good Egg Galaxy part at 2:18, make for a really epic listening experience. The flute playing is on point as well, especially at the star festival interlude at 2:44. Once Gusty Garden hits, the starting part with chiptunes flawlessly transitions into another beautiful orchestral part, sounding like that's the way the song was originally written. This track takes a few already amazing source tunes and builds upon them perfectly.

This mix itself feels like an adventure worthy of SMG.

on 2015-12-28 12:18:28

Why is this track at the bottom of the reviews thread? It needs to be further up. Much further up. This is an excellent homage to excellent music that is the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack. It’s electronic without forcing you to feel like you have to jam or dance to it, the orchestrated music manages to capture the spirit of the game, the flue performance is wonderful, the chiptunes add a sense of nostalgia without relying on just the chiptunes, and that ending was excellent. It didn’t feel like you were just adding another track to the medley. It was a very seamless transition that made for an excellent end to an excellent track.

on 2015-10-01 11:17:40

wow, this is gorgeous. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love how this is the only place where people still give a crap about Chrono Trigger, but oh my god have I been waiting for more Super Mario Galaxy. And this delivers. Delivers so well. Especially considering this is a medley and I am rather critical of them. Insta-download. When it first builds up into Good Egg...I got chills, man.

on 2015-09-19 17:55:10

Utterly fantastic. This arrangement captures everything that made Super Mario Galaxy one of my all-time favorite games... it finds the perfect marriage of grandiose action and spirited playfulness that gave it such a one-of-a-kind personality. This warms my heart :-)

on 2015-09-14 02:11:11

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Sources Arranged (6 Songs)

Primary Game:
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo , 2007, WII)
Music by Koji Kondo,Mahito Yokota
"Egg Planet"
"Enter the Galaxy"
"Gusty Garden Galaxy"
"Space Junk Road"
"The Star Festival"
"You Got a Star!"

Tags (11)

Arrangement > Medley
Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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