As a follow-up to my post on strange ways of making music, I share with you an astonishing performance of the Mario theme (it seems to be a very popular demonstration piece) on an odd Chinese instrument called the Sheng, one of the oldest Chinese instruments known. It has an odd quality that combines a wind instrument with a steel drum. The thing I love best about this performance is the incorporation of some of the game’s sound effects into the piece.
If you want to hear a young lady really get down on the sheng in a more traditional setting, have a listen here:
For what it’s worth, some more Mario follows:
There is more of interest in the world than I could possibly learn in a thousand lifetimes.
The Old Wolf has spoken.