ReMix: Kirby's Adventure "Cosmic Transformations" 5:37

By ella guro

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electronic synth woodwinds
Arranging the music of one song...

"Sea and Ship Level"

Primary Game: Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, 1993, NES), music by Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa

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.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
TillyFun
on 2014-09-19 21:22:00

~oh~ Pleasant. ^__^ It's a sea level but it feels like clouds and stars. So light and fluffy and gay~ :3

metaphist
on 2012-12-03 20:25:10

So I recently burned this to an OCR compilation for the car, remembering how much I enjoyed "Adhesive Boy's" unique style. Given your old handle, it was definitely a revelation to learn you were female this whole time, but it's not so surprising given the soft beauty that most of your work has ;)

This track is one of my all time favorites from back in the day, as I think it captures perfectly the whimsical nature of Kirby's world.

Salluz
on 2012-11-06 21:55:33

Very naturalistic. Put me in a very ecstatic, manic state of mind. I am in heaven, literally. Some of the drumming sounded deliberately experimental and off, but I was fine with it, whatever.

I am wowed. This is the kinda remix I could see myself doing.

ectogemia
on 2011-12-26 00:10:15
A few months ago I played this for some old housemates of mine. Midway through, the girlfriend of one of them turned to him and half-whispered "this doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard before." I think that's probably the best compliment I've ever received.

That's why I love your music so much and why it's such an inspiration for me to do the same with my own music :P It really is like nothing I've ever heard before. If you have any more music beyond your posted remixes that you're willing to share, send it my way!

And I've probably listened to this remix 30 or more times. So good.

Monobrow
on 2011-12-17 00:08:23

Yeah I love this song, always have.

It is very unique and stands out on the album.

I think my favorite thing about this song really is its pacing... It's very patient. The pads are held in suspense in the intro... The song takes the time to chill out a bit and let us fill in the blanks... The builds are amazingly ethereal and really fit for a Kirby song.

The drums are so beefily-distorted, and paired with the bass, they really drive the song, which is otherwise long and flowing. It's a contrast that works REALLY well.

The flute is so cute, it's plain, but it's written with a lot of heart, and it really stands out as clear vs. a lot of heavily distorted instruments. Again, really good contrast. The brass also do this vs. the pads.

In other words, this song is a journey that I immensely enjoy, it's the kind of music you can either listen to deliberately, or can put in the background and chill out to.

It also really has an incredible amount of detail with the soundscape, pulling back, and flowing back in. LIKE WATER. Bruce Lee would be proud :) A+

ProjectSpam
on 2011-12-16 23:36:14

This may have been my favorite track off the Kirby album. I love the way it's produced, what with the harsh-sounding drums and then the whimsical instruments that provide contrast. It makes me imagine a silly Kirby in space, not knowing what to do, just running around like crazy. Maybe that's not as cool as it sounds, but it provides some pretty amusing imagery.

This is a great mix that manages to remain interesting throughout the entire song. I don't think it's aged poorly at all. Good stuff.

ella guro
on 2011-11-17 04:45:31

A few months ago I played this for some old housemates of mine. Midway through, the girlfriend of one of them turned to him and half-whispered "this doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard before." I think that's probably the best compliment I've ever received.

Crulex
on 2011-09-27 09:45:17

Man, that intro was weird as hell, especially with headphones on, but I liked it. It's got a lot of whimsical feelings in it and it just really fits Kirby's world. Love how much variety you put into the ReMix to keep the attention going and still managing to make it come off as a natural sounding song, like it was just meant to be made this way. Brilliant ending as well. Amazing ReMix!

Marmiduke
on 2009-05-24 01:26:17

This mix was one of my early favourites at a time where I was young and let a LOT of music pass over me without caring. Pretty sure it is impossible for this mix to pass over anyone.

This captures the universe of Kirby much better than the NES chip ever could. The music simply explodes with colour and character, bizarreness and sweetness. Fabulous use of transitions between styles; always unique and always true to the concept of the piece. It's crazy that with a mix this busy and constantly weaving in and out of phases, it still manges to have a flowing pace. Not to mention the amount of love and fun infused within every second of the mix. It's not hard to hear that Kirby MEANT something to Adhesive_Boy; it can't just be a simple melody he liked and decided to remix.

It's a definite classic for me.

OA
on 2009-03-25 11:54:02

really nice textural shifts in this one, anchored by that huge bass sound. I think the drums are a bit much; the volume could come down a bit on them and i'd like things better. Flute is pretty unmodulated, but the pads and synths are classy. I liked the pitched percussion as well, adding a nice texture and lightheartedness to the otherwise badass beats. I wish the source melody was a little more adventurous, as it seems kindof vanilla (get it? ice cream reference). There's enough done to keep interest for the track's duration though.

Not really grabbing me and demanding my attention, but well put together.

Mtlbro
on 2008-12-10 10:07:30

The intro is soooo cool. How did you get the pads to sound so cool? And the filtered drums get me hooked every time I listen :) Great work AB!!!

Pip is uh.....
on 2005-07-22 14:41:01

Wow , this piece . It has everything to make it a great AB piece. Very tight drumwork , trippy sounds and an excellent flow and pacing. In my opinion this is one of the more overlooked pieces from ROTS. I love the breakdown at 3:02. Very ambient and very well done. It's like getting hit with a wall of sound falling down and slowly getting back up (at 3:11)The bassline is also very well done. It does a great job of getting things moving and grooving. It's an acid trip of a mix. What more can be said? It's a keeper.

Rexy
on 2005-07-16 15:24:06

So I finally played the game, and now I've managed to understand the compositional beauty behind this :D This is a very interesting incorporation of the Ice Cream Islands theme that has showed a very energetic and spacious feel to the Lil Traveller theme, and something I can associate with the world of powerups across the Kirby universe.

I did write a brief comment upon the project's release, and now it's time I went full on here. Hope you don't mind?

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Remix

From the moment the flute came in, I am familiarized greatly with the source material, so that can say it has managed to fit as a Kirby arrangement well enough. For most of its duration the execution is very strong and well planned out; got a similar grungy feel to Braving the Flames but I dig it. It can be argued that some of the backing synths at 0:50 seemed a bit on the dissonant side but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. There is a heck of a lot of variation on the theme, and that has been shown by changing the key on the second half of which as well as a good amount of playing around with the rhythms second time through. The structuring is also pretty interesting; while some may feel to be a bit sudden, I feel that they have incorporated the feel of the many "transformations" that Kirby has gone through within the game, so I can associate with much of the artistic visions as shown in this. In terms of standing alone, this has to be one of the strongest mixes within the project hands down, and it's for more than just the execution factor; a great amount of creativity and pure heart being placed upon the creation has easily aided to create a very interesting piece overall.

Creativity

Much of the creativity - and in turn, most of the elements that have breathed life into the song - are shown on the technical emphasis behind most of the track sub-sections, and even here I appreciate much of the change of moods shown throughout as well as the change of progressions at 3:23; that added well enough to emphasize on a climatic feel at its right time in the mix. The segments link together fairly well here; some may argue that there could be too much going on to make them transition well, but myself I am fitting strongly on AB's artistic side being expressed just as much as its presentation. The variety of moods has also added to a lot of fresh pacing throughout, so it can be said that no two areas sound the same. That in turn has also affected much of the repetition factor; I can barely find any in this piece whatsoever, and so it has been able to focus well enough to entertain its audience. So given what has been shown in this side of the contribution, I loved a great deal of what managed to come through the adaptation, and can easily see it as fitting for the Lil' Traveller title.

Production

Most of the samples are pretty impressive and fitting for what we come to see with his work; I can't say I was too down with the flute choice here, but there's still just as much interesting sounds to help it blend in just fine. Even here the range of EQs and processes are very brash and clear as well as aiding towards the different types of ambience as shown throughout the piece, so I can say it has stood well to make it fitting. Even the sound levels are well rounded for an AB mix, so I can't sense much wrong on that aspect. One thing that did rub me the wrong way though was the panning; while there's some strong positioning techniques going throughout the track, some of the techniques in the opening and closing stages seemed to feel a little bit uneasy. Going towards the opening I dig the pan shift techniques upon the psychedelic pad FX in the background, adding to that cosmic feel towards the arrangement, but it can be argued that either the panning range should be a bit smaller to fit with the sound balance or should be a bit faster to even it out. And as for the closure, the ending music box was a cool thing to use although I think it might have helped with some stereo ambience to better add towards the feel of its current situation. Nonetheless this is still mightily impressive stuff; not quite seen as his best tech approach but it's definitely interesting, and a great way to come back after his stellar contributions in Relics of the Chozo and Kong in Concert.

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The entire project has got some good stuff to listen to, and it's good to see we have some established mixers on the scene coming back to fill the spots out there. Choosing AB's mix as the first single from is is a big step, and it works for creating a variative and interesting feel towards its audience, especially within the earlier half of the album. Any quirks some people point out may be preferences, although for me they work to create a very epic mix for the site to take in.

If there will be any more singles from the Kirby project, I'll be glad. If there will be more mixes from AB, I'll also be glad. Nonetheless, props to making this mix work out :D

Master Spram
on 2005-07-11 15:41:06

If you like this, download the rest of the album. They're all this good.. or better.

Antipode
on 2005-07-06 03:59:51

Wow. Fantastic work - and this has become another of my favorites. I think this song had me right when it came in with that bassline. The bass makes this song so unbelievable.

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Primary Game:
Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, 1993, NES)
Music by Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa
Songs:
"Sea and Ship Level"

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Published 2005-06-25
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