Listen to Toto's 'Africa' played on Mario Paint

Music 12/08/2018

It's been 26 years since the release of the video game 'Mario Paint', which allowed users to create music tracks with the Mario characters representing different instruments. 

Although it has only recently come to our attention after going viral, eight years ago someone used the game to make their own version of the classic 'Africa' by Toto.

Alec Britt made the track while he was still in highschool, and explained how he pieced it together:

"The tempo was set to 2944, which puts the tempo so high that notes will sound like they are played at the same time when played on adjacent lines. This is why most 'beats' have clusters of up to four or even five lines of notes. This bypasses the five-note limit of the programme, as well as gives me more options for volume control of each line."

"I did not use the vanilla Mario Paint sounds. People more impressive than me can utilise the normal sounds in great ways, but I personally just liked the soundsets that other users had created. But each note was still individually placed, and each volume bar was still manually adjusted. I did not import any MIDI file or cheat in any other way, I just changed the sound files each symbol played because I liked the way it sounded."

Have a listen to the track above.

Toto will be coming to perform in New Zealand for A Summer's Day Love, see all the details here.