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Phils Game/Pop Music Similarities #226 - Land of the Ded


Featuring Super Mario Land, caribbean music and Mozart.

Greetings fellow game music lovers,

I promised another Mario entry and here it is: Super Mario Land from 1989. It features a soundtrack by Hirokazu Tanaka that, while adhering to the fundamental design principles from Kondo, manages to give the game its own style while not sounding un-mario. The sample from today is rather short, yet often heard: The 7-note jingle that plays upon death:

Currently, I'm aware of two sources where this sample might have come from which may built up on each other.

The first is of caribbean origin like a lot of the Mario music, although it is usuall embedded within a larger progression. Here we go:

Ron Berridge Orchestra - "Simple Calypso" (1970):

And maybe:

Lord Cristo - "Indian party" (1963):

Finally, the jingle occasionally appears in the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which might be the original source:

Mozart - "Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat, K. 333":

Mozart - "Keyboard Concerto No. 12 in A major, KV 414":

And the caribbean series continues! Next week!

Phil out.

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