ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest "High Seas"
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For this orchestral submission from Serious Monkey Business, Justin originally wrote:
"At :22 seconds, the source tune is a very short piece to remix, so I tried to utilize as much as possible. For the intro, I was going for a kind of John Williams/Indiana Jones feeling, then followed by some variations on the main melody of the source. In the next section, I used a much more complex version of the repeating pattern that plays in the original to form a bass for the solo trumpet playing the main melody line. For the rest of the song, I tried to get some good contrasts between large/full passages and smaller, lighter sections; eventually leading into a very big ending."
Based on feedback, he then amended the arrangement and even renamed it:
"Did a complete rework this time of the section at :51, changing the time signature, key, and writing. Should make the source much more clear. Also made a few minor changes throughout to try and bring out the source connections. It doesn't feel as much Storm the Keep-ish now, hence the name change to High Seas (I think you'll hear why)."
I definitely get the feeling of high seas adventure, scalliwags, hijinx, etc., and it's very creative extrapolation from relatively simple, short source material. The source flies by as a one-time melodic statement, basically a cue, whereas Justin has fleshed it out into an entire scene. Album co-director Wesley Cho writes:
"Justin put together quite a curious track for what is a pretty short source which most people would dismiss as forgettable - Jeremy and I were quite surprised that he turned it into a full-fledged orchestral track that brought out a notion of a breathtaking adventure on the horizon. Justin put a lot of effort into this track to bring it to life, and it shows."
I think Wise actually excels at composing both larger pieces and shorter "ditties" (Get it? Cause it sorta sounds like "Diddy's? Ha?), and I don't think this particular piece was as much of a stretch as I had to make for 'Funky's Theme,' for instance - the melody may not repeat itself, but it's definitely there, and Justin picks it up and dervives new avenues and depth from it. Great, interpretive stuff that's yet another jewel in SMB's crown of DKC2 awesomeness.
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