Li-Jin Lee of the Taiwan Philharmonic plays the music from Super Mario on an instrument millennia old — and it sounds amazing.
We do have to say, though, that this treatment blew us away. It's being played on a sheng at a performance by the Taiwan Philharmonic celebrating the instrument. The sheng is a complex free-reed instrument from China, and it's one of the oldest instruments from the region, dating all the way back to 1100 BCE. It consists of a system of vertical pipes and a mouthpiece. Each pipe has a small hole; when the hole is covered, the reed vibrates, producing a note.
Sheng player Li-Jin Lee of the Taiwan Philharmonic seems to be something of a master of the instrument — to our ears, at least — reproducing the chiptune right down to the sounds of the coins. We can't be the only ones who want to learn to play now.
Have a listen in the video below.