ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 'Brambles Open Minds Like Bubbles'
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A DKC2 mix that's NOT from Serious Monkey Business? Yes! Well, kind of... ReMixer Ross Kmet explains:
"So, when I jumped on the DKC2 project, this track was open for like a day before JM nabbed it, so I started a WIP. Well, JM got the claim first, but I really liked my sketch, finished it, and sent it here. I had been listening to alot of dubstep as I wrote this, so this is my way of blending dubstep and VGM, although I wouldn't go so far as to call this song in it's entirity "dubstep". Acceptance or no, at least enjoy it.:)"
We did, and we did. As a side note, Mr. Kmet wasn't the only one put out when Morse snatched up 'Stickerbush' - I've had a WIP floating around in my noggin for a couple years, now, and was excited about finally realizing it, but the track was already claimed. Such is the way of the world, although I still plan on doing my own take at some point, and I'm certainly glad Ross finished his. This downbeat electronica mix has some REALLY cool sound design going on, and more flavors of synth than Baskin-Robbins got ice cream. Arrangement is fairly straightforward, but it truly excels in allowing the myriad textures Ross has come up with to shine in their own right - AnSo writes:
"So hey, this is a pretty damn cool remix. You definitely have your own style when it comes to sound. The instruments are warm, fat and slightly distorted for that extra edge. The sound keeps evolving and changing throughout the track which is great for variation."
Jesse also added. In short sentences. Saying:
"I'm pretty solidly with the majority here. Distinctive sounding, personalized and interesting. Some of the bell synths are reminiscent of Arc Lab. Moody. I have no problem with the ending."
Jimmy called this source tune 'the Ice Cap of the DK series,' which is probably a fair statement since it's a track that attracts a lot of attention. Nothing wrong with that, but I think it does add some pressure to try something new and differentiate your mix a bit more, and I think Ross definitely did that here: solid arrangement with some really unique, varied textures that extend & embellish the mood of the original.
If I remember correctly, this song was my first encounter with dubstep of any kind, so I thought those wubs were the coolest thing ever when I first heard them. They still are. The sound design in this song is what sells in my opinion. The arrangement is great, but the synths and all the detailed automation put in really put this over the top.
This song sounds so trippy and cool, and it takes my imagination to some craaazy places while listening to it. You know you've made a good song when you can do that without a lot of words (or none at all).
Thanks for making this song. This is a super cool song and I recommend it to everyone right now : D
- urdailywater on April 12, 2013
Unfortunately as far as dubstep is concerned, it doesn't bring anything special to the table; the LFO bass is mundane and the drums in the breakdown are robotic.
- scatterbrain on February 21, 2011
- mjwes on January 28, 2011
- Crulex on December 30, 2010
Electrolisystem;678702 wrote: Pretty good mix. I don't see why it could'nt have gotten on the album. Well, you could have sent it in anyway just to try!
I wasn't even aware this was even around - Taucer had most of the contact with Ross. I would've been happy to take it as a bonus track.
- Bahamut on June 2, 2010
Soul Splint;684229 wrote: I remember when this was on the WIP board. I went ahead and downloaded it because I already liked it
Same here. Really enjoyed this one. Even though it is a heavily remixed source, this track manages to take yet another direction on the Brambles tune. It's weird, it's quirky, I like it. Loving all the different elements combined within the track, especially the hint of dubstep. But overall, there's this sort of calming sense to it all, and that's exactly what the Brambles source is all about. Great work!
- DuskyFerret on June 2, 2010
- Soul Splint on June 2, 2010
- MechaFone on June 2, 2010
sorry if i am a bit greedy but dkc must live on anyway I didn't get the title what do you mean by "Like Bubbles"?
- Giga Bowser on May 24, 2010
OtaConnor;677460 wrote: if no one can say ANYTHING mean
Criticising someone is fine, "being mean" is pointless.
Anyway, I like the choice of sounds in the remix at hand. Nice soundscape that invites you to kick back, relax, and let all the different sounds and layers take you away.
- Martin Penwald on May 23, 2010
- Anorax on May 17, 2010
To be on-topic, I liked this; it was a nice interpretation of the source. However, I still prefer Morse's take for it's sheer beauty. And that guitar solo... oohhhhhh...
- Mirby on May 13, 2010
OtaConnor;677460 wrote: Okay then, if no one can say ANYTHING mean because the mods here seem to know what a perfect remix is, and I'm clearly just a moron, then whoops. The heck is happening to this once great website.
There was once a saying, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." That said and out of the way, it is useless to continue to whine after being quoted the rules in emphasis and shown you were wrong. If you have any further complaints over it, please keep it out of the thread as this is not the place for it.
- zneoson on May 13, 2010
- OtaConnor on May 13, 2010
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Emphasis mine. Now that that's out of the way...
This wasn't at a first listen something I thought I'd like. Too much random synths that didn't feel like they fit together. That kind of variety of sounds is just too much for me (I sometimes think I did the same with Lacrima, tho I blame OA for that :D).
Then again, the soft parts of the mix are pretty, and there's a lot of them in the mix. The resonant metallic instrument at the end has a really cool sound. Ending is the coolest part of the mix thanks to that.
- Rozovian on May 13, 2010