Nintendo music with drums over it.
October 14, 2010 5:27 PM   Subscribe

I guess I am not the only one who (air-)drummed along to the NES back in the day. Love it, thanks.
posted by joe lisboa at 6:03 PM on October 14, 2010

Very cool. Hope he does more stuff I've played at some point.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:11 PM on October 14, 2010

Also I think I've now heard the Maniac Mansion theme song I always heard in my head as a kid.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:12 PM on October 14, 2010 [2 favorites]

My man rushes those fast snare roll fills in that first link, though. He needs to work on that.

He nailed the hell outta the tight little parts on "MegaMan 9 Wily Stage 2" and "Castlevania 2". Impressive! There, though, I kinda wish he didn't keep his hi-hats so loose the whole time. Some really crisp hat work there would've been nice, and would've made a good contrast with all the splashy cymbal work toward the end. On Ninja Gaiden 2 and Ghosts and Goblins I think the loose, swishy hats are appropriate.

He's internalized these tunes, for sure. Now what'd be cool would be if he put together a band to do this stuff live: guitar, keyboards, bass... doing all Nintendo music. I reckon they'd get a following.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:57 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

What happened to the rest of the Advantage?
posted by fuq at 7:48 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

Man, I so wanted him to go off at the end of Ghosts & Goblins. Overall they were fairly restrained and surprisingly tight. Good stuff.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:55 PM on October 14, 2010

I must link to Xoc now. Here and here.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:32 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

I don't know why it is, but I absolutely love it when chiptunes use vibrato (and most of the songs he chose seem to feature it a lot).
posted by schmod at 8:33 PM on October 14, 2010

Speaking of Nintendo-related music, the new Powerglove album is freaking awesome.
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 9:58 PM on October 14, 2010

Those are fun listens, and the public access-esque video production only helps!
posted by ignignokt at 10:15 PM on October 14, 2010

Try this video of Andrea Vadrucci doing the Super Mario Theme for an example of a great drummer doing an amazing video game cover.
posted by sophist at 11:55 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pretty cool. I know that Os Gamboys is another band (a Brazilian one) that also does covers of classic video game music. You can also check out No Question, which does hip hop with video game music samples.
posted by KillaSeal at 12:07 AM on October 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Um, it's not a patch on this.
posted by fire&wings at 4:01 AM on October 15, 2010

duracell is better
posted by burnmp3s at 5:02 AM on October 15, 2010

On non-preview, what fire&wings said
posted by burnmp3s at 5:18 AM on October 15, 2010

Much more enjoyable than I would have expected from reading the tin. I especially like his Kraid's Lair from Metroid.
posted by straight at 6:40 AM on October 15, 2010

these are great! The Ghosts and Goblins one ends up sounding like reggae with drums, and Kraid's lair turns into sort of a power ballad.
posted by luvcraft at 7:39 AM on October 15, 2010

damn first time i have ever seen the nintendo drummer! definitely brought back some memories!
posted by iamthetrend at 11:06 AM on October 15, 2010

When I was in college, I was a jazz studies major for awhile. This reminds me of a friend of mine who played bass in the top jazz combo at our school. He did an arrangement of some Nintendo music for the combo. It was great to see these great jazz musicians who usually played stuff by Coltrane and Duke Ellington suddenly transition into the theme from Bionic Commando. Wynton Marsalis would not have approved, I'm sure.
posted by crLLC at 11:28 AM on October 15, 2010

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