Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MIDI Week Singles: "Mountain" - Mario Kart 64 (N64)

"Mountain" from Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64 (1996/1997)
Composer: Kenta Nagata
Developer: Nintendo EAD

Okay, sure.  "Mountain" is from the Choco Mountain track in Mario Kart 64, and on the Mario Kart 64 Race Tracks album it is listed as "Choco Mountain / Battle" but this specific track is just the regular racing music and does not not include the Battle section at the end; which is the long winded answer to why I have titled this "Mountain" and not "Choco Mountain / Battle." 

Moving on.

What I really like about "Mountain" is that without using any theme from "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain," this is the first thing that I think of whenever it comes on.  It probably has something to do with the harmonica-esque tone of the melody leading instrument, coupled with the fact that you are driving around a mountain during the majority of the race.  And now that I think about it, this track could have benefited scenery-wise if the train from the Kalimari Desert chugged through part of the stage.  Something about the drum throughout the song and the banjo that comes in around 27 seconds just screams "TRAIN" to me and all this song is missing is a train whistle at some point before it loops back on itself.

But this track is about mountains, and one resembling if not actually created from chocolate.  And thanks to The Kid for giving me the idea of using this while I was. . .riding home on the carriage from work, and not at all talking on the phone while driving, because that's illegal.  Obey the law kids.


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