The reworked version of the release, made entirely from Nintendo 64 sounds, has been created by Youtuber on4word.
Radiohead’s seventh album In Rainbows – released in 2007 – has been recreated using the sounds from the Super Mario 64 video game. Entitled In Rainbow Roads, the tracks are recreated using signature sound effects and music from the 1996 Super Mario game – including sound fonts from Bowser levels and the soundtrack for courses such as Shifting Sands Land and Big Boo’s Haunt.
Prior to uploading the full album earlier this month, which is “dedicated to all toadstool beings”, on4word had shared individual tracks 15 Step, Idioteque, Paranoid Android and Weird Fishes/Arpeggi. Other music that on4word has covered using Super Mario 64 sounds include Aphex Twin – featuring covers of Alberto Balsam and IZ-US – The Orb, Nine Inch Nails and Boards of Canada. Listen to In Rainbow Roads in full below.
Earlier this month, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway revealed that the band are set to get together at the beginning of this year. In an interview discussing his new solo release, Selway said: “I’m sure we’re going to start looking at other ideas for what comes next.” As part of their Kid A/Amnesiac 21st anniversary celebrations in 2021 they worked with Epic Games to create a game for Playstation 5, PC and Mac – alongside the the triple album reissue – that presents “an upside-down digital/analogue universe” created using Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood’s original artwork with sound design by Nigel Godrich.
Radiohead’s last album was the 2016 release A Moon Shaped Pool and the five-piece last toured together in 2018. Last year, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s project The Smile – which they formed with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – released their debut record A Light For Attracting Attention.