Listen to Super Mario played on an ancient Chinese instrument

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Li-Jin Lee of the Taiwan Philharmonic plays the music from Super Mario on an instrument millennia old — and it sounds amazing.

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The music from the original 1985 Super Mario Bros is one of the most popular gaming tunes for nerdy remixin', with version appearing on anything from new digital instruments to a capella.

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.



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