ReMix: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror "Kirby's Mystical Mirror" 4:10

By Nav

Arranging the music of one song...

"Legend of the Mirror World"

Primary Game: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Nintendo, 2004, GBA), music by Atsuyoshi Isemura, Hironobu Inagaki

Posted 2008-04-13, evaluated by the judges panel


Right then, on with the show. Newcomer Navij11, aka Jacob Naviasky, writes:

"I made many significant changes! Thank you to your comments on the original submission, and the #ocrwip channel on the IRC. They were really friendly, and helped me through this final version.

Personally, it doesn't matter to me whether this track passes judgment or not, as it was a necessary step I needed to take in order to become a better artist. I really worked hard on this, and I asked many people for second opinions before finally deciding to submit this, three weeks later, in its final form."

This piece is definitely on the liberal side, using its Kirby source as the engine for a d'n'b ish, percussion-centric arrangement that's got jazzy ride cymbal work, tweaked and tricked out meat-and-potatoes kicks, snares, and hats, and which - somewhat unusual for the genre - pulls a lot of tempo switches, with ritardando and accelerando executed smoothly over drop bass, a theremin-like sine, and mellow EP. There's also myriad FX, including intro static, plenty of filtering, bitcrushing on the drums at times, etc. that give the whole thing an excellent atmosphere. Touches like these are far more crucial for d'n'b than other electronica sub-genres, imo, where melodic and harmonic elements take more of a center stage, and Jacob delivers. The whole thing's very easy to listen to as background, but also rewards closer attention and scrutiny. Of the resub, zyko writes:

"this improves so much on the original sub; you took the suggestions on changing up the dynamics and the groove and gave us something that is constantly alive, moving and changing. personally, i love the slow down around 2.20 - very nice touch... it changes up the track on you suddenly and unexpectedly but ramps back up into the full fledged chill drive we had been listening to. reminds me of something i'd expect on the XM channel, Chill. or maybe even on sim city 4. in other words, killer.

the groove is still contagious as hell and the production is stellar. this is as sweet as cotton candy and i'm hooked."

Very cool... nice change of pace, and a good counterpoint to McVaffe's preceding melodic smorgasbord. Hope to see more, with perhaps a little more arranged material thrown in for good measure, from Mr. Naviasky, who's got a firm grasp on production and delivers a tasty slice of Kirby beatwork.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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WesternZypher
on 2010-12-19 14:39:13

Love these ambient electronic beats. Highly recommended for chillaxing.

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halc
on 2010-10-21 21:34:09

weird. I was sure I had commented on this a while back. this is an awesome mix, and I hope we get to hear more Navi mixes on the site someday.. :)

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SubNormal J3
on 2010-10-21 20:54:34

Building my library again. Totally forgot about this one. Great tune. Sounds good on big speakers :D

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42
on 2009-12-02 14:12:45

This reminds me of something from Toonami, the focus on those dark subtle beats, the slight downplay of the main melody. On the flip side, I feel the melody is buried too deeply here and greatly overshadowed by the bass. It's got that deep space groove going on but it doesn't scream "Kirby" to me. It's a good song in its own right, and I like it, but I just can't quite connect it with Kirby.

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ChaosPlayer
on 2008-06-09 18:44:00

Highly Recomended download. Something so interesting you can break dance off this. Great stuff! Very mysterious and smooth.

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Martin Penwald
on 2008-05-04 05:56:53
"intelligent" DnB

Exactly what I was thinking.

So yeah, the volume is a little low, but that is pretty much my only complaint. The style of this song took me by surprise, seeing as how it isn't exactly heard very often at OCR.

Best remix in a while. More please.

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Nav
on 2008-04-24 21:25:09
I like the sounds and textures in this a lot. This sounds like the kind of "intelligent" DnB you had in the late 90's. Mellow and minimal, but not laced too much with the disco and funk influence. And the theremin is used to good effect here.

Congratulations, you're the first person to catch that! :)

This song WAS completely based, stylistically of course, on Omni Trio's early (circa 1996) works. So yeah, you got it!

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CC Ricers
on 2008-04-24 00:29:29

I like the sounds and textures in this a lot. This sounds like the kind of "intelligent" DnB you had in the late 90's. Mellow and minimal, but not laced too much with the disco and funk influence. And the theremin is used to good effect here.

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DramaNoMore
on 2008-04-17 11:57:07

What amases me the most about this piece it's it's transparency . It's like you can "see" the silence though the sound. Am I making any sense?

Anyway a very subtle and focus-rewarding piece.

Swift and still at the same time. Like someone standing in the wind.

Hoping to hear more from you.

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metallix1
on 2008-04-17 05:34:26

mmkay then i just happen tow onder cause i really like the song:razz:

zprotects teh music rights!!! lol but yea songs good

course now i already have the songs since i got the one off newgrounds -.- eh

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Nav
on 2008-04-16 21:08:31
..............

this same songs been on newgrounds audio portal for a while:shock: so unless you are the one who made this and just now decided to post this then hm...:!::!:

Listen, I put this up on Newgrounds when I had finished it. At the time, my alias there was "Navij11," but its just "Nav" now on NG. Since djpretzel does a personal review of each track, there is going to be a considerable delay between track completion and track posting here.

So yes, I did put this on Newgrounds when I had finished, and it was only just put up here.

And yes, I am the one who made this.

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metallix1
on 2008-04-16 19:46:32

..............

this same songs been on newgrounds audio portal for a while:shock: so unless you are the one who made this and just now decided to post this then hm...:!::!:

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OA
on 2008-04-15 15:30:41

Pretty smooth mix; It has some nice ideas, and great percussion and low low low bass throughout.

The melodic content coming in so late is a pretty strange styleistic choice, in my opinion. It's like the first half of the track is the intro; I realize the need for setting up atmosphere in a track, but I think the amount of time used is a bit excessive. It's a pretty chill track overall, and the elements that are there throughout progress pretty well on their own; I guess in the grand scheme of things, it's good to go. I am convinced that a more concise intro would have been the way to take things.

Panning ideas is pretty cool on some of the arpeggios once things get filled out a bit more, but I think ultimately, this is a background track for doing stuff. Very nice production on this. :-)

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Manic Cinq
on 2008-04-15 01:40:45

I thought "meh, whatever" when I first heard this because I had the volume down low and I was playing a game so I wasn't paying attention, but then Hemophiliac mentioned all the sub going on in this track, so I gave it another listen and thought "hey what is this bass doing here?"

3

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Nav
on 2008-04-14 21:56:04

Thanks so much guys! I really appreciate all of this :)

And, at 2:20, not only it slows down, but it changes from (correct me if i'm wrong) 4/8 to scherzo.

Well, not too sure of your terminology, but it goes from a simple time signature (4/4, etc) to one based on 3, I think its 3/4, but it could vary. Thanks for the feedback and interest! :D

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Nintendo, 2004, GBA)
Music by Atsuyoshi Isemura, Hironobu Inagaki
Songs:
"Legend of the Mirror World"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Ambient
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Resubmission

File Information


Name:
Kirby_&_The_Amazing_Mirror_Kirby's_Mystical_Mirror_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,097,274 bytes
MD5:
2cd510f7160f7d1a81b3cc7d98012cfb
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:10

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