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Li Jin Li Recreates Nintendo's Super Mario Theme On A Chinese Reed Instrument

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02/23/2014 9:15 pm
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Li Jin Li Recreates Nintendo's Super Mario Theme On A Chinese Reed Instrument
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Robert Dominic Ventre II

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Almost anyone, whether they were old school video gamers or not, will probably recognize music from Nintendo's classic Super Mario series. What they might not expect is how authentic the songs sound when played on a Sheng, as Li Jin Li demonstrates in this video. [embed]http://youtu.be/qM9hH3suOpo[/embed] A Sheng is an ancient Chinese reed instrument, thought to have existed since 1,100 BC. It is made up of multiple vertical pipes and is played by blowing and inhaling on its mouthpiece while covering or uncovering holes along the body. Each reed resonates at a fixed frequency, and traditional play styles involve playing two to three notes at the same time. While the Sheng may have been intended for things a little more serious than recreating video game theme songs, it's hard to deny how fitting its sound is for Nintendo's old school 2-D side scroller. Maybe they should include it on the score for the next game?

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