ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 'Christmas Cave'

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deim0s clocks in a Christmas ReMix with this charming ambient DKC ReMix of the Ice Cave BGM. Harp, bells, very slow-attack vocal pads with the right amount of reverb, great strings, piano, what sound like waterphone samples to me, and an arrangement that flows nicely. The intro actually reminds me of the intro to Orbital's 'Halcyon and on and on' track that I love. Definitely more of a soundtracky feel to this piece, as sound quality is superb and over several iterations the same melody is modified / played with different combinations. The type of mix that could have been turned into a killer techno track but is even better because it wasn't. Have an ambient Christmas? You betcha.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2012-02-09 16:34:28
brrr! What a lovely, wintry mix. Kinna' makes me nostalgic for Christmases past.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-21 01:25:15
The ice cavern theme from DKC is one of my favorites. This is a nice interpretation of it. I particular enjoy the background sound effects juxtaposed with the softer piano and harp sounds.
Crulex
on 2010-02-18 17:35:50
Nice sounding ReMix. It does give me a feeling of Christmas with the light bells and piano. Ahhhh, yeah. My only complaint is it seems to end just when it gets really good. But I like it.
Nutritious
on 2009-07-06 19:15:38
Nice ethereal feel in the intro. Felt like the piano tone (on the repeated patterns) had a real dry, dull sound, which clashes a bit with the heavy verb'd soundscape.
Not a whole lot to this tune as far as length or lots of arrangement, but it's a nice relaxing listen.
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 16:22:22
I love this mix because it doesn't scream "Christmas" at you--it's much more subdued, atmospheric, and reminds me more of some beautifully remote place where you can see the stars.
OA
on 2008-02-18 14:16:30
Transitions were very awkward throughout, and the flow kept breaking, but the sounds used are pretty nice. The piano sounds good, and the pads add a nice atmosphere, even if they are a bit loud in the mix.
A good feeling mix that is crippled by those transitions. It's like 7 different 30-second-long mixes, and it should be just one. I can't get into this one, sorry.
linkwolf
on 2005-12-22 04:59:47
Wow 8O totally awsome thats all i can say i really like this remix and i does have a great christmas feel awsome keep up the great work:D this song has a very peaceful mood and and really has a great christmas mood great remix 10 out of 10 8O
Magnum_Thunder
on 2005-10-02 23:21:27
... Wow. That's all I can say. This mix gives a completely different feel to the way you would look at ice caves, and that's usually a good feeling. Throughout the first half of this mix, it's almost an aw-inspiring mood that naturally flows through you, and jumps to a melody that gives an ice perspective to the whole thing. The later half feels like a collaction floating phrases that "does" feel like christmas only in space, which I like. Kudos on a piece that soothes the mind and gives a warm winter feeling, deim0s... I really hope you make more.
Final Grade: 9.5 out of 10
Bummer
on 2005-09-29 09:35:44
Bells and piano? I LOVE bells and piano! :D
A beautiful and calm feel, I just wish the little bell solo was longer, but I got the piano and strings too, so I shouldn´t complain after all. But demi0s really succeded in giving the right place of the mix, an ice cavern with icicles hanging down from the ceiling, walls covered with a thin layer of ice and the floor filled with powder snow.
But I didn´t get that christmas feeling this song was based on, personally, I don´t celebrate christmas, I´m one of Jehovah´s witnesses, so luckily it´s not a big deal for me.
Great work demi0s!
Linearity
on 2005-04-23 16:34:25
Listening to this song is like breathing a fresh breath of icy winter air, and then going inside for the night to a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa. I had to drive to school in the early, dark hours quite a bit this winter, and listening to "Christmas Cave" on the way made me feel better about it. This is good work: good instrumentation, arrangement, etc. But it's also just really nice.
TheDro
on 2005-03-04 15:29:07
Yes, peaceful is the word. Every time I listen to this tune I can just se the blue shiny background of those cool icy stages of donkey kong.(Like the hardest stages of the game :x because it takes a while to get to candy kong and save)Back to the music, its nice and smooth and I like how it slows down after a while :wink: .
Slime Master
on 2005-02-20 15:18:04
I like the ambiant feel of this mix. For some reason it reminds me of looking out my window and watching it snow outside.
Txai
on 2004-11-07 14:59:32
Nice Work! Good Christmas Cave remix
jamie
on 2003-06-16 02:44:28
so peacefull, i love this.. beautiful!
Ultimo Hedgehog
on 2003-05-12 19:10:46
Well, this is slow enough for my liking. Even though... it seems a little too simple in some aspects. It would have been nicer had it been longer. Still a good listen though! Lots of piano, chimes, and what sounds like a xylophone type instrument. It would also remind one of wind whistling through chimes on a cool day.