Weirdness: Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

A bit trickier to play than a warp whistle, probably

Doodoo doo do dooo do, dah! - It's the Super Mario theme! Known across the globe and endlessly catchy, this tune has been played on every instrument under the sun, as well a few renditions that should barely count. Hearing a cover version is certainly nothing new, but allow us to present one just a little bit different.

You've more than likely not heard of the Chinese Sheng, but the music played in this clip is much more familiar. It's an ancient reed instrument expertly played by the musician here to replicate not only the Overworld and Underground themes from Mario's original adventure, but in-game sound effects as well.

It's surreal to hear the distinctive noise of mushrooms and coins being collected coming from an instrument dating back to 1100 BC, and even more so when the sheng itself resembles something Sauron from The Lord of the Rings might build on a lazy weekend. That being said, it's a fascinating example of retro meeting the really retro which is definitely worth a listen.

Check it out below and be sure to let us know what you think!

Many thanks go to Ryan Millar for the tip.


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