Posted 2005-06-25, evaluated by djpretzel
Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Shariq Ansari and a group of talented ReMixers are pleased to bring you our latest site project, Rise of the Star: The Kirby's Adventure Remix Collaboration, the latest in a growing line of collaborative site projects, which most recently featured Sonic 2, the general idea being for a group of mixers to collectively cover a game's entire soundtrack. This time up Nintendo's fluffy, pink, transmogrifying alter-mascot Kirby takes the stage; DarkeSword elaborates:
"Rise of the Star is a collection of remixes from the classic platformer, Kirby's Adventure. With this project, we aimed to write character themes for each of the titles given to Kirby throughout the game. After nearly 10 months of work, the album has turned out to be quite a remarkable collection of remixes. We hope everyone enjoys our work."
You can check it out at kirby.ocremix.org or download the torrent sight unseen, but either way, you're in for some fluffy, pink nostalgia, with a good deal of stylistic variety to boot. The first mix in from the project posted here is Adhesive_Boy's Cosmic Transformations. The ReMixer writes:
"Kirby turns into some pretty awesome things. Remember how cool that UFO power up was, and how you could only get in like two levels? And then how you'd inevitably get hit and watch your star erratically bounce away and disappear, knowing you'd probably never get something that sweet again?
But then, a few seconds later, you'd transform into something almost as cool and realize that everything is good and has it's place in this little world of cosmic transformations. Because beneath the bouncy and saccharine world of Kirby there is a deep cosmic force waiting to wiggle its way out.
Enjoy the project."
I personally don't remember any of this, having never really gotten particularly into the Kirby universe; I think at the time I was hitting up Sonic CD and couldn't be bothered, but for a game released towards the very end of the NES's long and noble commercial lifespan, Kirby got a lot of (apparently deserved) attention. Adhesive_Boy's mix is an interesting landscape of texture, blending the happy-go-luckiness of the source material in with filtered drums, shimmering pads, some evocative, genuinely interesting chord progressions, brass, flute, angelic harp, playful xylophone, and an oompah synth bassline, all of which takes place in a shifting, uncertain universe of AB's own creation, where effects and panning are just as likely to be modulated as filter cutoff and resonance, and myriad motifs weave their way through one another. If Kirby had a smidge too much tequila, crashed, and proceeded to have a dream that was mostly fantasy but laced with pieces of nightmare, it might go something like this. It's disorienting at times, but very unique in how AB's been able to transplant the original into a new environment, sorta like taking a freshwater fish and tossing it into the Atlantic ocean and somehow keeping it not only alive, but healthy + replenished. The end result is odd, as per AB's usual, but also accessible and very transporting, and - albeit, speaking without much background - seems to fit the Kirby universe like a glove, given these two traits. Excellent, fresh stuff; be sure to check out the rest of the project for a consistently solid lineup of other tracks from KA, and a big congratulations to AB, Shariq, and the entire project team for pulling everything together and making our summers pink, adorable, and capable of inhaling sizable farm animals without breaking a sweat.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, 1993, NES)
Music by Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa
- "Sea and Ship Level"
- Electronic, Synth, Woodwinds
- 9,769,528 bytes
- Size: 9,769,528 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 2528eed576dc906da335fd1ddd57782b
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