Well, we just got done posting two play-all-your-cards, put-everything-on-the-table, no-child-left-behind ReMixes in a row, with ballsy, gutsy, and otherwise robust performances & production and ornate, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arrangement. Hyphens are fun, but Radiowar's gonna slow things down a little for us with a fairly minimalist, very pensive DKC2 arrangement. This one's a resub; Alex wrote in his original submission email:
"...this remix started off as a solo piano piece, when EazyP got interested in it and sort of requested a version with more orchestral elements..."
For the resub, he changed some samples around and bumped up the volume on some elements that were a little too quiet. I have to say, there's still some issues with both sample quality and levels for me, but the overall sound quality's definitely above par, and turning up the volume fixes the latter concern. What sets this mix apart, both from other interpretations of the same theme and from Radiowar's first, more upbeat electronica ReMix of SMRPG, is the arrangement. This is a very somber, almost funereal arrangement, taking on shades of Phillip Glass as it slowly develops, and it's a very creative & different direction to take the source in. It's also got a very classy, modern mix title as well, which helps with the imagery of a funeral or procession of some sort, making its way upon a long and winding path, either at dusk or dawn, lit primarily by... lanterns. JJT's got it right:
"sample quality is the biggest issue for me with this track. its passable, but definitely nothing to write home about. the arrangement itself is a very well conceived interpretation of the source. i love the part writing, and the gentle dynamic shape of the piece."
Word. This one didn't connect with all the judges, and some took issue with the sequencing being too precise in addition to afforementioned sample quality concerns, but most were feeling the arrangement's very deliberate, almost Zen approach to the source material. Your mileage will definitely vary - if you're looking for upbeat, uplifting, or up-tempo, you won't find it here - but I think fans of the DKC OSTs should appreciate what Radiowar's done, and fans of Glass or similarly modern, relatively minimalist composers/compositions will love it. Very cool, very different.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
- "Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)"
- Piano, Woodwinds
- Origin > Resubmission
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