September 18, 2006

And in the blue corner...

by Chris Randall

Analog Industries Painful Virtuosity Day continues. Although, it's worth noting that the siren song of Mario trumps all other considerations. Blame Cody Gratner for the fact that you'll be humming this the rest of the day.



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Sep.18.2006 @ 8:20 PM
On that Michael Manring video... i'm pretty sure i saw him pluck that guy's crotch at least 3 times. The smile tipped me off.


Sep.18.2006 @ 9:25 PM
what do you call a 11 string bassist? waiter.

Sep.18.2006 @ 11:52 PM
Okay, so I'll admit to just having watched about 10 other wankers playing the Mario.

But then I came to this, which pretty much takes the cake for biggest waste of talented muscianship - at least on the current subject matter.

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Sep.19.2006 @ 1:04 AM
Chris Randall
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Symphony orchestras can't swing for shit.



Sep.19.2006 @ 3:02 AM
"But then I came to this, which pretty much takes the cake for biggest waste of talented muscianship"

I don't know, that's not really any worse than your typical movie score. I'm actually developing an appreciation for the Mario Theme song!


Sep.19.2006 @ 8:06 AM
Dont know if you could call the guy (Jean Baudin) a waiter- his band (which no one is guaranteed to have ever heard) has supposedly played with some pretty notable bands: System of a Down, Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm, Deftones, P.O.D., Linkin Park, AFI, Green Day, Mindless Self Indulgence and Bad Brains. Don't ask, i dont know how either- maybe they are all fans of Super Mario Bros.

And i remember reading that bass he's playing was a custom that cost around $4k.

Not bad for Z Frenchy, oui oui?


Sep.19.2006 @ 8:24 AM
Baudin amp stack is pretty impressive too... big subs to handle those lowest of his 11 strings.

Does anybody know what kind of rig the Mario Brothers theme was originally composed on?


Sep.19.2006 @ 11:50 AM
Chris Randall
Actually, while we're on the subject, I have a bit of a funny story about the Mario Theme. I live in a _very_ small town in the Cascades in Oregon. My mother (whos impulsive nature makes me look positively staid by comparision) bought an ice cream truck last summer.

The ice cream truck, while an otherwise going enterprise, didn't have any ice cream truck music. It had a CD player in it, but the previous owner didn't supply a CD of typical ice cream truck music. (I didn't know there was such a thing, but there you go.) My mom, who was in something of a hurry to get selling the ice cream, asked me to whip out a little ditty for her.

It's worth noting that this is probably the only time she's found having a son that is a musician even remotely handy.

In any case, I sat and thought about it for a while, fired up the Blacet, and gave her a 1-hour-long iteration of the Mario Bros theme, performed entirely on the Blacet modular in a single pass. I just looped the main section over and over again, and at the bitter end, it does the little speed-up bit.

Now, my mother has since sold the ice cream truck (it wasn't as fun as she thought, I guess) and the CD went with the truck. It is still driving around Mill City, blaring out the Mario theme, and I imagine will be for some time. So I guess I've done my part for the cultural identity of Mill City, Oregon, as that theme will forever be linked to ice cream in the minds of all the children here.



Sep.19.2006 @ 12:00 PM
Chris Randall
I just found a 4-minute test pass of the Mario Modular theme. If you're curious, I've uploaded an MP3 here:

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Now, keep in mind that was done in a single pass. Sound-wise, it's underwhelming, but funny if you know how it was made.



Sep.19.2006 @ 2:58 PM
Hilarious story, and that's the best ice cream music ever Chris.

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