One of the problems with having friends who are very Internet savvy is that, anytime I discover something cool floating through the series of tubes, I run the risk mockery. "Wow, Jesse, you just found this? I already looked at, was sarcastic about, and dismissed this internet fad 6 months ago. Here's something else you might find interesting. It's called fire, it's the latest thing."
My friends are jerks. But I will, nonetheless, continue to stumble through this barren Internet landscape and run back to show you all anytime I find some particularly shiny rock. Today's shiny rock? This:
There are "artists" kicking around the nets that post original work in this format, but composing an original piece in Mario Paint is an exercise in futility. Who with any ability to actually write a piece of music worth listening to would use this as their medium? And who would want to listen? No, the true Mario Paint geniuses are the ones that interpret popular music in this limited format.
I call it the Karaoke Effect. Nobody wants to hear assholes in a bar sing an original composition. It would be terrible. But I'd rather watch four drunk girls stumble through Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" than actually listen to the real thing. The same is true with these songs: most of the best Mario Paint compositions are based on terrible, terrible music. Take On Me? What is Love? And yet, the same song composed with toy boats and power-ups from the Mario series is hypnotic.
Even better? Every once in awhile at the karaoke bar, a really good singer shows up and actually gives a performance that can be enjoyed on its merits.