Posted 2016-06-14, evaluated by the judges panel

From the creative dream team of Emunator (Wes McDonald) & Chimpazilla (Kristina Scheps) and just in time for summer comes a refreshing, tropical dance/pop take on several themes from Super Mario 64, most notably the lesser-mixed "File Select" BGM, with a stylistic nod to "Africa" by Toto; Wes writes:

"This is one of my most ambitious arrangements to date. The original "File Select" song from SM64 was only about 20 seconds long, but it served as a warm, gentle prelude to a grand adventure that left a huge nostalgic imprint on my mind.

It was a challenge expanding such a short source to a full-fledged 5 minute arrangement. To accomplish that, I shuffled between several styles here - because it's me, it's full of layered, watery pads and a dozen different bell sounds, but I wanted to really flesh out my style with some synth/pop influences, and also bring back more of the ethnic overtones that were featured in my first two remixes. The last section is a (hopefully very obvious) homage to "Africa" by Toto that I had an absolute blast writing.

This has been in the works for over 2 years. It was sitting at about 90% completion for the longest time, but something was missing. I showed it to my good friend Chimpazilla and she just ran with it. She filled in the gaps in my track with some original melodies and harmonies, additional percussion and pad layers, and gave it a dynamite mastering job that really made it shine. She helped me get over that last hurdle and truly do justice to the original concept I had in mind."

Kris adds:

"What Wes said covers it. We fine-tuned the track for a couple hours together, then let it fly. :-)"

Very cool & crisp, not rushed at all, and with a vibrant acoustic troposphere of pads, bells, FX, and general bliss... this is relaxing stuff, and while there's still a solid beat to it, I'm thinking it's more toe-tapping while reclining and sipping a mojito than getting up and shaking your money-maker, per se. Sir_NutS really sums things up nicely:

"This is very good and I wasn't expecting any less when I saw the remixer names. There are several traps we can fall into when we take such a simple jingle and try to expand on it: repetitiveness, including too much original content, breaking familiarity with the source, among others. None of these are present here and instead we get a remix that truly extends the arrangement in a natural way. Loved the percussion and groove, and the usage of wind instruments throughout was spotless. LOVED IT."

Spot-on; great stuff from Wes & Kris, who tackle a less common SM64 source with style & grace and cook up something unexpected, creative, & transporting!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-07-02 16:48:41

Found this one at work. Listened to it over and over and over. Then I went home and downloaded it, listened to it more, and Audiosurfed it. Been a long time since I liked a song so much.

on 2016-06-21 22:00:24

This mix belongs in a game where you explore a giant Mario-themed city (or grand hotel maybe?), looking at all his past adventures with nostalgia and wonder. Everyone's cheering and giving Mario a pat on the back, like he just got back from beating Bowser for the "final" time. Definitely one of the best Mario remixes

on 2016-06-20 21:30:24

This is quickly becoming a new favorite. Love the slow, atmospheric intro, and the fantastic build-up.

on 2016-06-18 22:48:13

I remember when Kristina showed this to me 5 months ago. I love the slow deliberate pace this has, and the bells give this a nice serene atmosphere. Classic Chimpa groove meets Emu ambience!

on 2016-06-15 10:41:33

this remix, is soothing, relaxing, enjoyable, I felt it was calming, really well done, Kudos to the remixers, job well done!

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2016-06-15 00:59:28

Ooooooh, pretty!

on 2016-06-14 23:53:42

Oh, I remember that I've heard this tune on Wes' Soundcloud :) It certainly reminds me a bit of Argle's take on this theme, but this one is less energetic and more edm-focused for sure. But they both are hella fun to listen to :P Great collab!

on 2016-06-13 15:01:57

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)

Primary Game:
Super Mario 64 (Nintendo , 1996, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Dire, Dire Docks"
"File Select"
"Title Theme"

Tags (9)

Bells,Electronic,Piano,Sound FX,Woodwinds
Origin > Collaboration

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