Violinist plays Mario soundtrack in real time

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30 Responses to “Violinist plays Mario soundtrack in real time”

  1. Anonymous says:

    There is no nes picture but a famicom only released in japan. japanese have different consoles from us

  2. Anonymous says:

    WOW!!!! this is amazing!!!!

  3. cjp says:

    Ow. I’ve had many blisters over the years both from playing Mario and the violin. This video is like a PTSD flashback to the pain.

    Do your Mario skills transfer to anything useful in real life? No, that only happen with WOW.
    http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2007/12/boy-survives-mo/

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have nothing but respect for this man.

    • hdon says:

      Watching Super Mario Bros. on a wide screen with that awful stretches-more-at-the-edges scaling algorithm makes me sad :(

  5. Micah says:

    My money is on the game being a pre-recorded video of a game rather than a real-time live game. Note that there is a DVD player in the picture but no NES.

  6. benher says:

    Holy Crap! He does Dragon Quest too! I wonder if he does bar mitzvahs…

  7. Anonymous says:

    its a Famicom with a disk drive. There’s an option there to record chunks of playtime and replay it. Too bad it never came out stateside.

    The funny thing is that if you were to dissect a grey box USA nintendo, and remove the metal cartdridge loader portion, and directly plug in the drive unit – it works!

  8. Anonymous says:

    There’s a group on Athens, GA (with Members of math-rock bands Cinemechanica, We Versus the Shark, among others) that plays the game soundtrack and sound FX live while another person does a speedrun. I’ve seen then do MegaMan, but they’ve done other games (Pitfall and Metroid, I think).

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s not real time the second level screen said he had 4 lives not 1.

  10. HairySammoth says:

    It’s the white morning suit that really makes it.

  11. lolbrandon says:

    I love that he’s dressed up in a fancy suit. You just can’t play the violin in a t-shirt and jeans!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t that a VIOLA (as opposed to a violin)?

  13. alllie says:

    Does playing Mario Brothers produce any skills that are transferable to real life?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Who cares if it’s prerecorded or not?! It’s great fun and he did a fantastic job!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Nah, at the beginning you can see the ‘Play’ display box in the lower left, so I think it is recorded and not live. Still pretty great though!

  16. rechnen says:

    I can’t describe how awesome this is!

  17. Amagineer says:

    What we need here, is a TEAM of violinists (Or perhaps a full orchestra) so that the music isn’t interrupted for sound quality and such. Then we can make playing videogames look like it’s meant for the rich :D

  18. Anonymous says:

    Either way that is pretty good whether it was real time or not.

  19. Drhaggis says:

    For a real challenge, he should play along with a modern game, such as Guitar Hero.

  20. caesar female says:

    He’s fab. Love the humble bow at the end.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Still slightly more impressed with the Super Mario Beatboxer…

    http://www.frequency.com/video/super-mario/120886

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that was amazing. As a Mario fan, I am totally loving this!

  23. noah django says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that this game is pre-recorded. My suspicion that it was seems to be confirmed by the other posters, but I think any disappointment that it’s not live is missing the point. By being able to practice to the recorded game, he can showcase not only his skill with the music, but his uncanny duplication of the sound-effects, which would be extraordinarily difficult (IMO impossible, though I don’t play violin) to do in real-time what with hand-placement and coming back to the score from the sound-effect interruption.

    What he’s really doing is using the game like sheet music–yes, sheet music that he’s practiced to. I say bravo.

  24. headphonegirl says:

    oh so beautiful. Nice rendition

  25. zunjine says:

    Perfect way to start a Saturday. Brilliant.

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