ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 'Lanterns'
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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.
As has been mentioned already, some humanization on the orchestral elements would help this song a lot. Otherwise, this is a novel take on what is otherwise a more upbeat song. The execution is mostly there, although I feel it is a little on the short side & would have liked to hear more.
Not a bad take though!
- Bahamut on July 4, 2012
Really pretty stuff. Very sentimental, I love it.
- Less Ashamed Of Self on November 28, 2010
The atmosphere is so thick I could cut it with a knife; oh how I love it, lol. ^_^
I keep thinking of something like a nighttime Japanese marsh in the rain with a lone lantern stuck on a pole, something from a Hayao Miyazaki film, whenever I listen to this.
The laborious effort in this mix astounds me; it feels so wonderfully weighty.
This is one of those rare mixes that is so unique that you will most likely never find another like it; go check it out.
- 42 on December 23, 2009
- Emunator on December 22, 2009
- Crulex on October 24, 2009
(murders keyboard with tears)
Yeah, this is just so saddening. It reminds me of the people in my family who have died.
Thank you. Thank you so much.
- youthboy on March 6, 2009
I think even an additional minute would have been welcome, it seems like it ends too soon. Very nice stuff, however.
- OA on September 16, 2008
And being a fan of Philip Glass, I don't really see the comparison, but at times this can evoke the same sort of "mood" some of Glass' darker pieces stir up from within.
So great work to you. Glad I got to hear it!
- Mustin on June 24, 2008
Quite similar to Galamb Egyedül, with a little change of direction.
thumbs up hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
- Skrypnyk on June 20, 2008
- Jamonte on June 20, 2008
- Alexis on June 18, 2008
In another angle, It really reminded me of some of "Legend of Legaia"'s darkest tracks.
In short, I really liked it.
- DramaNoMore on June 18, 2008
- avaris on June 18, 2008
- artemisjaeger on June 17, 2008
I really like the way how the piano is upfront and strings in the first part, and oboe throughout, are distant. It works really, really well. Oboe is stiffer than it should in a perfect world be, especially in the end, which is a bit unfortunate, as it leaves an "aftertaste". Regardless, I'm extremely glad this passed, I enjoy it very much.
- evktalo on June 17, 2008