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Super Mario RPG: Window to the Stars
Comments from album director Dustin Lagaly (Theory of N), co-director Emery Monzerol (DaMonz) & ReMixers
Album freely available at http://ocremix.org
Seven years after having joined the OC ReMix community, I was becoming increasingly distraught that there had not yet been an attempt at a remix album for what is, in my opinion, the greatest game of all time. I eventually decided to take matters into my own hands and create what would eventually become Window to the Stars. While not the easiest undertaking by any stretch of the imagination, I feel that this tribute to the brilliance of Yoko Shimomura, Koji Kondo, and Nobuo Uematsu does the soundtrack justice. With nearly every track rearranged across 3 discs, the album as a whole portrays a sort of reimagining of the journey taken in the game itself.
Of course, this project would not be what it is today without a great deal of help. Big thanks to both the artists and fans who have been waiting patiently throughout this sometimes-not-too-clear development. IT'S FINALLY HERE! A second thanks to the artists who worked on the album not only for their incredible talent and timeliness, but also for dealing with Emery and my pestering over the last 4 years. You da real MVPs. Thanks to Yoko Shimomura for her incredible ability to create emotive works, even through beeps and boops. Also to Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu for creating the initial atmosphere in the Mario series and Final Fantasy series, respectively, that would serve as the foundation for many pieces in Super Mario RPG. And finally, a VERY special thanks to Emery for all of his work on this album. There was a time I thought I'd have to drop the project and that caused much distress in my life, but Emery stepped in to help pick up the slack and saved me and the album. It's safe to say this album would not be complete today and it most definitely wouldn't be of the caliber it is without his help. I've said it to you many times in private conversations but, again, thank you so much for everything you've done.
Ultimately, all this work would be for nothing without you, the people listening to this music. I hope this album brings you as much joy as it does for me.
- Dustin Lagaly (Theory of N)
Okay, so let me make sure we're all on the same page here: Super Mario RPG is one of the greatest masterpieces of classic video games. Anyone who hasn't played it should get that fixed ASAP. And the rest of you already know why that game is so good.
With that out of the way, I would like to say that my history with this project wasn't the most straightforward path. I started with simply claiming and remixing the final battle music of the game. At that point, the project was still far from completion, so I contacted Dustin and asked if I could help in any way. So, with his consent, I started sending out messages to the other remixers to try and get the ball rolling some more. And then, one thing led to another, and here I am! I'm really grateful to Dustin for letting me help with directing the project, for the highs and lows anyone should expect from a project of that scale, for the teamwork, and for making the project happen in the first place. I'm also very grateful to all of the musicians and to the visual artists for providing all the great content this project has to offer, and for enduring my (most probably obnoxious) constant badgering. And, of course, where would this project be without the original composers Yoko Shimomura, Koji Kondo, and Nobuo Uematsu, towards all of whom I hold the highest admiration. Their music has shaped a huge part of my childhood, and has provided the world with a gorgeous demonstration of human expression.
As for this here project, we have decided to highlight both the complexity of the original soundtrack by covering most of its extent, and the variety of musical styles and moods that is achievable by the remixing community. The three discs (Exploration, Confrontation, and Celebration) give a quite self-explanatory progression to the album that, I believe, should provide you with a satisfyingly wide array of emotions to re-enact the original game's mood on a nicely crafted musical scene. Getting this project done was one big adventure for us, and I hope listening to it all will be a big adventure for you all as well. Happy listening!
- Emery Monzerol (DaMonz)
1-01. DDRKirby(ISQ) - "Super Mega Ultra Pipe House"
Source: "Super Pipe House"
1-02. Argle - "Ready to Go"
Source: "Let's Try"
1-03. DaMonz - "Floor Is Lava"
Source: "Barrel Volcano"
1-04. halc - "Flowers, Peace & Rosy Cheeks"
Source: "The Road Is Full of Dangers"
1-05. XPRTNovice - "You Dirty, You Nasty, But You Mine"
Source: "Moleville Mountain Railroad"
1-06. Brandon Strader - "All Bark and No Bite"
Performers (cameo): the_bong_bandit, The_Pigeon_Man, Lucavi
Source: "Beware the Forest's Mushrooms"
1-07. DjjD feat. Jehm Faulking - "Tricky Labyrinth"
Source: "Welcome to Booster Tower"
1-08. XPRTNovice - "Lies My Snifits Told Me"
Source: "And My Name's Booster"
1-09. Hylian Lemon, Phonetic Hero - "Oyster Me Timbers"
Source: "Sunken Ship"
1-10. bLiNd, Chimpazilla - "Pipe Funk"
Source: "From Inside the Earthen Pipe"
1-11. Doc Nano - "Just One Wish"
Source: "The Starlight's Flower Shines on Star Hill"
1-12. Jeff Ball - Still, the Road Is Full of Klezmorim"
Source: "Still, the Road Is Full of Dangers"
2-01. Hylian Lemon - "Shell Warfare"
Source: "Fight Against Monsters"
2-02. VOIA - "A Night Out with Koopa"
Source: "Fight Against Bowser"
2-03. WillRock - "Fight Against a Somewhat Delicious Cake"
Source: "Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster"
2-04. Rockos, Danton Freitas - "Dungeon Full of Glitches"
Source: "The Dungeon Is Full of Monsters"
2-05. zykO - "Variations in Melancholy Minor"
Source: "Sad Song"
2-06. djpretzel - "The Usurper Queen"
Source: "Margarie Margarita"
2-07. bLiNd - "Club King Bowser"
Source: "Bowser's Keep (Second Time)"
2-08. Nutritious - "Weapons of Mass Production"
Sources: "Weapons Factory," "Fight Against Culex"
2-09. zircon - "Inside Smithy's Head"
Source: "Fight Against Smithy"
2-10. DaMonz - "Agent Smithy"
Source: "Fight Against Smithy, Who Likes Transforming"
3-01. Ethan Rex - "Happy Sun, Delightful Waves"
Source: "Happy Adventure, Delightful Adventure"
3-02. Argle - "Riptide Rush"
Source: "Let's Go Down the Wine River"
3-03. DDRKirby(ISQ) - "Electric Monstro Carnival"
Source: "Our Paradise ~Monstro Town~"
3-04. Wiesty feat. XPRTNovice - "Honky Town"
Sources: Super Mario RPG - "Rose Town," Chrono Trigger - "Robo's Theme" (cameo)
3-05. Wiesty - "Happy Times Are Back Again"
Source: "Hello, Happy Kingdom"
3-06. Amphibious - "A Yo'ster Sunset"
Source: "Welcome to Yo'ster Island!!"
3-07. Yoann Turpin - "Ragga Moles Are Cool Moles"
Source: "Hard-Working Moles Are Good Moles"
3-08. Blen - "Froggie Drinks for Everyone!"
Source: "Grandpa and the Delightful Tadpoles"
3-09. Gario - "Nimbus Can Wait"
Source: "Let's Do the Fluff-Fluff!"
3-10. DDRKirby(ISQ) - "Matrimony Mixset"
Sources: Super Mario RPG - "The Marrymore Bell Rings," Super Mario Bros. - "Underground BGM", "Overworld BGM" (cameo)
3-11. Tuberz McGee - "Send the Last One Way Up High!"
Source: "Goodbye Geno..."
3-12. Yoann Turpin - "Toadofunksky"
Source: "You and Toadofsky Create Exquisite Music"
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