Super Mario Theme Played On Accordian

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  • Rieux

    Very well done. It sounds so authentic, one is led to wonder if the instrument in the NES original was a synthesized accordion.

    I suppose the simple sine-wave MIDI tone game designers used in those days were just awfully similar to an accordion’s timbre.

  • Gregory

    I want to say they are nice looking boys, but… they have accordions. Not appealing at all.

  • The Vicar

    When you think about it, that’s a pretty amazing tune. Instantly recognizable, almost perfectly timed for a platforming game, very simple, very catchy, and yet scored so that it has been successfully instrumentalized, both officially and unofficially, many many times over. There aren’t a lot of tunes that combine all those attributes.

  • Dave D

    I think this was exactly what I needed this morning. :) Awesome.

  • The Vicar

    An afterthought: I wonder if they do any other old video game music. Practically all of the tunes from the first 4 Super Mario games (1, 2, 3, and World) would sound okay this way, although the faster ones might be difficult to play… I once heard a performance of the “difficult level” music from Super Mario World played on the piano live (as opposed to recorded as MIDI and played back) and it was clear the pianist was really struggling to keep up!


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