ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest "Forest Birdcussion" 6:27

By Protricity

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duration-long piano woodwinds
Arranging the music of one song...

"Forest Interlude (Web Woods)"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES), music by David Wise

Posted 2004-03-11, evaluated by djpretzel


Protricity kicks it back a bit. Though still in keeping with his apparent predilection towards ReMixing DKC2 tracks, this latest submission is a bit more mellow than his usual work, with a very floaty, peaceful, pastorale vibe going on, complete with rhythmic bird sounds. Drums are of the swing, light hip-hop or smooth jazz fare, and there's a lot of breaks and fills that give things a light, extremely laid back feel. There's quite a bit of piano, but initially the synth lead sounds very close to a clarinet in tone, save for the fashion in which it pitch bends. More "analog" synth and a defined, heavier drum beat and basslne come in about halfway through, adding some momentum and a much heavier downbeat. The last minute or so features the running percussion dropping out entirely, some intermittent hits, and an excellent opportunity to appreciate the shimmering reverb and overall attention paid to where each element sits in the mix and how each is panned/cross-panned. In general this is very ethereal work, evoking the context of new age without actually being new age - sort of a musical oasis formed from electronica and light jazz. It certainly represents movement into new territory for Ari, and in that sense is amazingly successful at going new places but sounding like it was put together by someone's that's been there before and knows the landscape well. At well over six minutes, I was waiting for things to loop in a fashion I found too repetitive or uninteresting, yet while it's not the type of mix that keeps one on the edge of one's seat, it manages to be light, floaty, and otherwordly while also having substance and direction. Plus, it had birdcussion - no false advertising in the mix title here. Had it professed to include birdcussion and had nothing of the sort, I'd have to have labeled it a complete swindle, but fortunately this was not the case. Great extended chill mix, with a timely seasonal "Spring" feel to it. Recommended

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Discussion

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WesternZypher
on 2013-04-30 12:19:33

so relaxing, love it.

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Mikeaudio
on 2011-12-25 11:45:47

Great job on this mix! I like the way its laid back, but at the same time hasn't lost the haunting quality of the source.

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Mirby
on 2011-12-25 08:30:52

This is a nice mellow track, one that I've always loved. Also love the usage of "birdcussion". XD

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RDX
on 2011-12-07 00:53:29

This is actually probably one of my favorite tracks on the site. It's sort of a redux of the original, which is hard to pull off when you're doing a David Wise piece. Very relaxing, very chill. I enjoy it thoroughly :nicework:

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Codamadius
on 2011-12-04 00:22:26

You know what...strike that last comment I made. It is annoyingly good in the best way haha. I listened a second time and now I have to download it. It's very chill and can actually somewhat be romantic. It'll clear your head and calm you down and get you motivated all at the same time. So scratch the last comment. I typed too soon. smh.:tomatoface:

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Codamadius
on 2011-12-04 00:17:39

This is...idk man. Annoyingly good? It's like a mix of a bad song and Kingdom Hearts to me...which is the good part xD I like the birds in the background and yeah it definitely has that spring feel. Not really sure what to say though...uh...good job? Bad job? It's a mix of in between for me.

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Skinner3D
on 2011-01-04 15:16:51

I agree with several people who have posted already on this song. You can't not listen to it. You also can't stop listening to it, or fail to take notice of it when it does play :D

The first time I listened to the song the pauses in the melody nearly drove me crazy, but then I couldn't stop repushing the play button on the song again and again. :D

Awesome work. Pure and simple. :)

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OA
on 2010-08-26 15:13:09

Pretty good, I like the massive percussive reverb near the end. It's very relaxing. 8-)

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Crulex
on 2010-02-06 21:13:21
Who is... Jesus?

Carpenter-looking dude who died for people's sins (supposedly). :-P Anywho, I love this mix for it's simpleness and the main event, Birdcussion! This was the first mix I added when I got here and it's so peaceful and relaxing. Good switch of gears, Prot!

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Fimbul
on 2010-01-13 09:01:56

I love how you mixed in the sound effects of the ghostly ropes at the beginning of the Track. You can barely hear them, but they're there.

Awesome interpretation, thank you for this masterpiece.

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Emunator
on 2009-12-19 04:46:19

What can I say? This is my favorite rendition of my favorite video game song ever... it's soooo chill, which stays in line with the original feel of the source, but expands on it in a number of ways with a beautiful piano accompaniment, nice synth choices, and of course... BIRDCUSSION!

Seriously, I could rave on and on about this song til I pass out from exhaustion, but instead I'll save you all the trouble and just say it right out - GET THIS SONG! Tunes like this are why I'm such a Protricity fanboy! :-P

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Monobrow
on 2009-03-14 01:56:07

Who is... Jesus?

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Marmiduke
on 2009-03-13 23:31:04

I don't want to promote tall-poppyism, but Protricity is the Jesus Christ of videogame mixes. In my opinion of course. He's had his crucifixion, his resurrection in recent years, and most importantly, some truly divine DKC2 mixes. In fact, if Jesus had played Diddy's Kong Quest, I'm not even sure he would have been able to make better mixes than Ari.

Anyway, enough of the comparisons to the Son of God, I'm sure I'm offending a throng of people. Simply, this mix is a gift. It's the highest level of quality. The perfect remix. Of course, it could be because of a bias I have towards my love of DKC2, but I think it trancends that. It's scary good.

By the way, I'm an advocate of the birdcussion. I can't really explain why, but it's one of the most effective, well pulled off musical gimmicks I've ever heard. Freaking hell, I love this mix. And thus, it would be unhealthy for me to continue on like this...

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Sir_Downunder
on 2009-02-10 04:47:49

Damn, this is one laid back, sexy song. Oh god, i can't beleive i just said that, hahaha:tomatoface:

But seriously, it's a beautiful piece done by Proticity here. Clever using the 'bircussion' through the entire track

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a_d
on 2008-12-08 23:54:53

All of your mixes of DKC2 stay true to the spirit of the source tune while upping them a few notches. This one has amazing rhythm

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
Songs:
"Forest Interlude (Web Woods)"

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Instrumentation:
Piano, Woodwinds
Additional:
Time > Duration: Long

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Donkey_Kong_Country_2_Forest_Birdcussion_OC_ReMix.mp3
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6,355,933 bytes
MD5:
6ad86055c09206beb661b007d7eec927
Bitrate:
129Kbps
Duration:
6:27

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