Awesome Video Game Music: Sunken Suite

In addition to directly showcasing original video game music, I’d like to occasionally give a nod to some of the awesome work done by the good folks over at OC ReMix. They do an awesome job at presenting their own unique interpretations of a large variety of video game music, and come up with some pretty fantastic stuff. Today’s example is one of my favorites: Sunken Suite, a “remix” of Dire Dire Docks from Super Mario 64 (which I’m also posting for comparison).

Dire Dire DocksSunken Suite

The original Dire Dire Docks is a very calm, peaceful song. The level itself is defined by water, and the song seems to adhere to the kind of serenity that water can represent. This isn’t tumultuous, violent water- there are no waves or currents thrashing about. It’s very still, and the general tone of the song is as well. Alternatively, Dire Dire Docks is in many ways a devious level. There are plenty of subtle dangers ready to impede your progress, and navigating it’s obstacles can be surprisingly tricky. The song seems to recognize this as well, as it picks up in pace ever so slightly (about halfway through the above version). This leads to a combination of peacefulness and action that appeals to me a lot, and works really well in Dire Dire Docks.

Sunken Suite more or less takes that idea a few steps further. Something I love about the best Mario games is how they seem to be able to find that balance between being peaceful and action oriented, which can lend them a whimsical nature. The first half of Sunken Suite and its instrumentation is very calm, but it also has this feeling of looking ahead with anticipation. It’s almost like it’s ready to explode with excitement, and it more or less does when it layers in the drums and ramps up both the pace and volume for the second half. It then becomes a forward moving, action oriented piece that somehow maintains a substantial amount of its original peacefulness. The result strikes me as something majestic, simultaneously showcasing the wonder and adventure that defines the very best Mario experiences. That Sunken Suite can do that while also being a fun song to listen to is just awesome, and is a testament to the quality of both the original Dire Dire Docks as well as OC ReMix’s work.

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Posted by MajorMitch

In addition to directly showcasing original video game music, I’d like to occasionally give a nod to some of the awesome work done by the good folks over at OC ReMix. They do an awesome job at presenting their own unique interpretations of a large variety of video game music, and come up with some pretty fantastic stuff. Today’s example is one of my favorites: Sunken Suite, a “remix” of Dire Dire Docks from Super Mario 64 (which I’m also posting for comparison).

Dire Dire DocksSunken Suite

The original Dire Dire Docks is a very calm, peaceful song. The level itself is defined by water, and the song seems to adhere to the kind of serenity that water can represent. This isn’t tumultuous, violent water- there are no waves or currents thrashing about. It’s very still, and the general tone of the song is as well. Alternatively, Dire Dire Docks is in many ways a devious level. There are plenty of subtle dangers ready to impede your progress, and navigating it’s obstacles can be surprisingly tricky. The song seems to recognize this as well, as it picks up in pace ever so slightly (about halfway through the above version). This leads to a combination of peacefulness and action that appeals to me a lot, and works really well in Dire Dire Docks.

Sunken Suite more or less takes that idea a few steps further. Something I love about the best Mario games is how they seem to be able to find that balance between being peaceful and action oriented, which can lend them a whimsical nature. The first half of Sunken Suite and its instrumentation is very calm, but it also has this feeling of looking ahead with anticipation. It’s almost like it’s ready to explode with excitement, and it more or less does when it layers in the drums and ramps up both the pace and volume for the second half. It then becomes a forward moving, action oriented piece that somehow maintains a substantial amount of its original peacefulness. The result strikes me as something majestic, simultaneously showcasing the wonder and adventure that defines the very best Mario experiences. That Sunken Suite can do that while also being a fun song to listen to is just awesome, and is a testament to the quality of both the original Dire Dire Docks as well as OC ReMix’s work.

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Posted by ESREVER

ARGHHH WATER LEVELS! HATEHATEHATE.

I was always so afraid of water levels. I was literally afraid when Mario started to drown and couldn't reach the surface in time.

With that said, this one had me at a bit of ease because the track was so calming. I knew that If I just took my time and thought about my actions before rushing in and panicking I would be OK. I felt that that was what the song was telling me.

Another great writeup Mitch! Keep'em coming.

(Oh and for what its worth, I've always preferred the original tracks. Remixes just don't do it for me)
Posted by Bobbzor

Whoa, i got goosebumps over my whole body from that remix, Love it! :D

Posted by Little_Socrates

I've been really into the OC Remix albums, which occasionally take a kind of dull track to new heights.

  
  
Posted by MajorMitch
@ESREVER:  Thanks again :)

Water levels ARE scary! You just never know what's under there... in particular I remember being really scared in Clanker's Cavern in Banjo-Kazooie for some reason. I did NOT want to dive into that murky water!
Posted by MajorMitch
@Little_Socrates:  The original Gusty Garden Galaxy song is amazing, and I really like what this mix does with it- great stuff! Have you listened to their recent DKC 2 album? It's been my jam recently.
Posted by Little_Socrates
@MajorMitch said:
" @Little_Socrates:  The original Gusty Garden Galaxy song is amazing, and I really like what this mix does with it- great stuff! Have you listened to their recent DKC 2 album? It's been my jam recently. "
I don't actually know enough of the tracks from DKC2 to really get into it as I haven't played DKC2 since I was 7 or 8. I never really dug the original Gusty Garden Galaxy track, it sounds too much like most of the rest of the SMG score to me.