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New Super Mario 64 Remix Album is a Work of Musical Art

Posted by Mark Green

21 tracks expertly re-imagined

It’s been argued about and discussed for years that some of the best music of the modern era has come from video games. Whether it be a quirky little chip-tune jingle or a full blown symphony, video game music has delivered some of the best pieces to gamers everywhere. But despite its varied range and outstanding level of talent there are some who still treat video game music as some childish entity that shouldn't be considered art – much like video games in general, really. Thankfully however, there are people all over the internet who help keep the passion for video game music alive with their own renditions, covers and arrangements of classic soundtracks. One of the latest additions to this grand collection of tributes is Portrait of a Plumber, a Super Mario 64 Remix album by OCremix.

For those who don’t know, OCremix – or Overclocked Remix – is a website that specialises in re-imagining classic video game scores, both old and new, and presenting them in brand new or unexpected ways. With its huge collection of talented musicians, remixers and composers, the website has created over two thousand different mixes based on over eight hundred games, as well as publishing several digital albums, the forty-eighth of which is their tribute to Super Mario 64.

Like with OCremix’s other albums, Portrait of a Plumber is the work of many different artists, each with a specialised genre and track to re-imagine. This is not the work of one person, but rather the work of a community of fans, each doing their best to honour the games they love, and Portrait of a Plumber is no different with its wide range of styles and instruments. Whether it's synth or full orchestra, dance or rock, the latest album seems to be just as diverse as its predecessors; the best thing is that it's completely free.

It’s been made by the fans, for the fans, and you can download it from OCremix’s official site or the Portrait of a Plumber’s project website. Head on over there and check out the songs for yourself, there’s a full gallery on view.

[via plumber.ocremix.org]

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User Comments (20)

XFsWorld

#3

XFsWorld said:

Pfft. For a quick sec I thought the title said something like Nintendo 64 Remix is coming. Lol

DreamyViridi

#5

DreamyViridi said:

It's a pretty great album. I find myself repeatedly listening to "Find the Red Coins"! Guess I'm a sucker for good 'Mario Underground' remixes.

AJWolfTill

#6

AJWolfTill said:

OCR is one of my favourite things in the world these days! Downloading this at first opportunity!

Kosmo

#14

Kosmo said:

My ears must be malfunctioning, I'm not liking any of those songs... Oh well...

DerpSandwich

#15

DerpSandwich said:

This is pretty awesome. Super Mario 64 was the first game that I really connected with music-wise.

therealmario101

#17

therealmario101 said:

Most if not ALL of the classic Mario games have an OUTSTANDING soundtrack, this one has always been my favorite, by far. This game alone pushed me to liking video game music as my primary music. Of course, I also loved some older ones, like Donkey Kong Country, and of course the entire Mega Man series.

Squid

#19

Squid said:

I love SM64's music and usually what OCR has to offer but I feel pretty 'meh' on most of this album.

Gma-X

#20

Gma-X said:

@XFsWorld That would be really amazing! Just imagine having to race Koopa in Gerudo Valley... that would be so beautiful...

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