pixelchips “Behind the Scenes”: Frappe Snowland / Sherbet Land (Holiday Song #3)

Hey there!

Today I uploaded a wintry mashup of Mario Kart 64‘s Frappe Snowland and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!‘s Sherbet Land. Here it is!

I was originally working on an orchestral arrangement of Frappe Snowland, but it soon hit me that Sherbet Land might make for a good medley. After playing around with it for a bit, I realized that the melodies sound pretty good when played over top of one another. So, I used Sherbet Land as sort of a counter-melody.

The song starts with Frappe Snowland on its own: a melodic flute, string staccatos, double bass, the light twinkling of a celesta, and of course, sleighbells! Eventually, the main riff of Sherbet Land, played on the marimba, gradually enters the piece. Then, a solo violin joins the flute for the melody, and bassoon briefly joins the counter-melody.

For the “chorus”, the string ensemble plays Frappe Snowland’s melody while the flutes take over for Sherbet Land. I found that these melodies overlapped surprisingly well without clashing. Overall I’m pretty happy with the effect! I had trouble at first because the piece sounded very  messy – the hardest part was making sure the two songs don’t “clash” and sound cluttered.

Anyway, that’s all for today. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!

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