Posted 2008-12-25, evaluated by djpretzel
Merry Xmas! Hopefully you're all basking in the warm glow of your holiday haul already, or will be soon, but if you didn't get exactly what you wanted, felt like you were just ONE gift short, or simply don't celebrate the 'mas, Tweek's gone and given you a present to fill that void. Upbeat, jazzy, holiday-style 'Frappe Snowland' from Mario Kart 64, to be specific. Morse covered this source in a jazzy style himself way back in 2004, and it's fun to compare that mix with his later stuff and see how he's progressed. Brian works in some 'Frosty the Snowman' in much the same way The OneUps incorporated holiday tunes into their SMW 'Sleigh Ride' mix even further back, in '02. You've got vibes, a jazz brush kit, and a really nice example of a walking acoustic upright bass line, plus some brass that does both stabs and swells, always good to see. It turns out that Brian was actually playing the system, taking advantage of our last-minute need for some sort of holiday festivities:
"Greg 'Audix' Michalec said it best: "The best way to have a mix posted on OCR: do a holiday mix or something for a special occasion." Well, here is a festive holiday mix. Haven gotten the girlfriend a Wii for her birthday, we've been playing a lot of Mario Kart, so I decided to take one of the retro track themes. A wintery and blustery Mario Kart track with a healthy dose of classic Christmas tunes mixed in with a sprinkle of jazz is what emerged. This style is very different from my typical compositions, but I enjoyed toning the intensity down for this mix! Happy Holidays OCR!"
I prefer to think of this mix as emanating from the goodness of Brian's heart, for the children of the world to enjoy, as opposed to the sullied manifestation of an opportunistic attempt at getting a mix posted quickly... but that's just me. It's a good thing the dose of holiday tunes wasn't TOO healthy, as we'd have grinched out and not posted it due to our pesky standards and what not. Fortunately there's much more 'Frappe' here than otherwise, it's a creative & festive interpretation of the source that makes sense with the wintry context, and the production and sequencing are both groovy. There must have been some magic in that old mushroom he found, for when Mario put it in his mouth... he began to dance around. What's cool is that even when Mr. Arnold piles on the Xmas cameo tunes, the source arrangement is still going on underneath. Enjoy it like you would a honey-baked ham, egg nog, or chocolate-covered... anything, and here's wishing you a happy holidays from OC ReMix!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo, 1996, N64)
Music by Kenta Nagata
- "Frappe Snowland/Sherbet Land"
- Brass, Electric Piano, Piano
- Usage > Winter Holiday
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- Size: 6,050,539 bytes
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