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Posted by Merit Celaire on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 03:31 PM

Greetings, friends; you've just reached our "home base" of operations for the "Mario Music" SNES Arrangement Gallery, hosted by yours truly. The mission is still the same here: to showcase "modern" Mario music tunes for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and 3DS (and some others, on occasion)... but by doing "musical arrangements" of them in the Super Nintendo music style format! For more details on what this is all about and how the process is done, read further.

So you might have come to this area from other forums that I visit and/or social media/music file sharing sites (or friends might have told you from other places about my "Mario Music" SNES Arrangment Gallery "home base" here). And I'm very sure that you've got some questions as to how we're doing this operation in the first place... which brings us to the first question I believe you all are asking, which is:

Allow me to answer that; however, let me ask you a few questions first, because in order for you all to really enjoy what these operations that I'm maintaining has to offer, there's some criteria that has to be met:

(1) Are you a dedicated fan of the Mario (and branched) music done for recent installments? (In this case, it would be Mario and branched games done for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS systems)
(2) Are you a dedicated fan of the Super Nintendo music style itself?
(3) Are you addicted to certain "instrument styles" from certain Super Nintendo games and wondered how they could be implemented to use for arranging certain tunes from recent Mario (and branched) game installments?

If you answered yes to all three of these questions, that's what I've been aiming for here. And let's just say that the musical score of Super Paper Mario (constantly!) prompted me to do such a task. Not to mention that since I'm a member of a certain video game music community that I also won't mention here for now, a certain member hinted to me and others about getting "instruments" from Super Nintendo games (which I also won't mention as well for the time being). After getting news from ";internal sources"; on how to do this job, I was also told about ModPlug Tracker (if any of you have heard about that) to add the instruments and make the "set" that was created to be used for certain SNES games! After getting used to this process, I've been hooked on that ever since. Now, with that said let's get to how this gallery is going to work.

As stated earlier, I have attempted to gather certain "instrument sets" from Super Nintendo games via "internal means" (and using MODPlug Tracker to put the respective "instrument sets" together) and used them to "arrange" modern Mario music in that instrument set/style of the SNES game in question. As you'll see in the Gallery List and Acknowlegement list pages, for example, there are some tunes from Super Paper Mario that I have managed to "arrange" in the Batman Returns (SNES version) style, more from that same game in the Spider-Man & The X-Men: Arcade's Revenge style (also the SNES version of that game, of course), and so forth. Be forwarned, there may be some arrangements which are a mixture of at least two "styles". If you haven't guessed already, the BR style and the SM&XM: A.R. style are my top favorites, but I couldn't limit myself to those two alone. When you check out the "Gallery List" itself on this site, you'll see what I mean. I'll also list the instrument styles I have used so far for this overall gallery on the "Acknowledgement List" pages.

So What Do You Mean By The "SNES Music Style Approach"?
I'll get into more detail on that in another page on this site (especially in terms of upcoming "Behind the Scenes" pages), but thanks to the ModPlug Tracker application, I (and others who have this program) are able to try and "emulate" the Super Nintendo music style, provided that we know the process and have the instrument sets in question put in place on that music tracker application.

You see, for those of us who are videogame music "insiders", the case is this: for music compositions/arrangements done for the Super Nintendo sound system itself, we all should already know that compared to the "music approaches" for today's video game systems, the composing process for the Super Nintendo system was very limited. However, if we put in the time to do the process correctly, we are still able to create awesome Super Nintendo music style tunes of great quality. The culprit, of course, was "channel limitations" (8 sound channels, to the exact!) -- especially in regards to making sure "music channels" didn't interfere with channels reserved for sound effects (especially for "gameplay levels"!). I've seen this for myself and that's what I have been trying to do here with my arrangements here in this gallery. It definitely takes a lot of time do to this stuff, and it's a lot of hard work, but it definitely pays off in the end when the targeted arragements are said and done. It's rare that all channels were used for SNES music itself, and if so, that would be targeted for title screen areas or game credits areas for SNES games themselves. Once again, you can thank ModPlug Tracker for giving me the opportunity to "emulate" this as well in my arrangement work here.

Okay, So What About This "Home Base" Of Operations For This Gallery Of Yours?
Ah yes, this... I'm sure we're going to be getting a bunch of questions about this case, so it's best to get this answer out of the way immediately. You see, in the past one or two years that I've been maintaining this gallery at a certain forum... although I have gathered a few responses on the works that I've done here, there were some folks over there tormenting me (and some others) as if what I'm doing regarding this project was nothing more than a waste of time (possibly because they've never heard Super Nintendo musical scores themselves back then). Obviously, I ignored them, but I just could not stand and accept any kind of attacks against this kind of gallery itself. I've also came to the conclusion that those that viewed the gallery there might not have been interested in the awesomness of the Super Nintendo music process itself -- and second, even though I'm still happy that I'm arranging stuff using ModPlug Tracker using the Super Nintendo music style, I've been trying to spread this to over venues, including other forums that I visit.

Then recently, it hit us that even though I've shared this gallery at other venues on the 'net (especially videogame music communities), we didn't have a "home base" to put these operations altogether! That prompted me to get this set up and finally find out who are really supporters of what we're trying to do here. Additionally, a "Forum Portal" is currently in action for fans of this unending endeavour to get together with us and discuss about this music gallery itself. Overall, this "home base" method here will also help me (and others) to answer the question of who still loves to hear Super Nintendo styled music today. It's an honor to finally have this "home base" for my "Mario Music" SNES Arrangement gallery and I really hope you enjoy what's offered on this site. Hope to see you all around the rest of this "home base"!

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