The soundtrack to Nintendo’s 1985 smash-hit Super Mario Bros. is one of the most iconic in all of pop culture, easily recognizable by those both young and old. We’ve seen the familiar tune played on all sorts of instruments through the years but a recent performance on an ancient Chinese musical instrument is one of the most acoustically-accurate we’ve heard to date.
The instrument is called a sheng and is being played by Li-Jin Lee of the Taiwan Philharmonic. It’s a mouth-blown free reed instrument that consists of a series of vertical pipes. It’s one of the oldest known Chinese instruments with depictions dating back to 1100 BCE. Talk about taking retro to a whole new extreme.