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8-Bit Mondays: Super Mario Land – “World Music 1” (Hirokazu Tanaka)

May 17, 2010

More Game Boy and Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka for Monday! This is one of his more widely known soundtracks, Super Mario Land (1989) for the Game Boy. A launch title, the game has fairly short songs when compared with Super Mario Bros. – however, it more than makes up for this with five unique world stage themes (Super Mario Bros. had only three), along with boss and ending themes. What’s more, the compositions for each song are very lyrical, pulling back to Tanaka’s root inspiration from bands such as The Monkees. While not as good as Kazumi Totaka’s Mario Land 2 soundtrack (mainly due to shorter songs and first-gen instruments), it’s still mighty impressive and a Tanaka classic.

Super Mario Land – “World Music 1” (Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka)

“World Music 1” (aka “Main BGM #1”) is the game’s Stage 1 music, or “main theme”. The composition is quite whimsical, with piano, bass, and drums. Tanaka puts some nice touches at the end of the first sections with two short, jingling notes. He is careful not to make two sections of the song identical, but instead creates short variations on the theme as a kind of call and response. The track is only 26 seconds long (with a two second intro), but a short, memorable piece.

I also love “World Music 3“. It has a very familiar melody, calm and soothing while evoking green rolling hills and lazy overland travel. Read the rest of this entry ?