ReMix: Donkey Kong "Duel of the Apes"
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- Game: Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1994, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Big Giant Circles
- Composer(s): Taisuke Araki
- Song(s): "Stage 9-8", "Stage 9-9", "Stages 9-5, 9-6, 9-7"
- Posted: 2011-12-06, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on BadAss: Boss Themes
- Terms (BETA): aggressive choir electric-guitar electronic rock synth tempo-fast
We wrap up our BadAss: Boss Themes mixflood with some Donkey Kong (GB) action from Big Giant Circles:
"All three tracks are boss themes. The final sequence of this game is like a bunch of boss battles (sort of) with tracks 28 and 29 being the final battle, parts 1 and 2.
0:00-0:16 (referencing track 29)
0:16-0:40 (track 28 intro and the arpeggio from 24 overtop)
0:40-2:00 (melody is pretty much verbatim 28 with a few flourishes for color)
2:00-2:16 (strings are adapted melody reprise from 28)
2:16-2:48 (track 24 arp)
2:48-3:20 (synth solo overtop source chord progression-mostly original but makes tentative reference to the main melody of 28)
3:20-3:36 (back to verbatim source 28)
3:36-3:52 (modified melody from 28)
3:52-end (all 3 sources being referenced here)
Notable notations that are noteworthy: Symphonic choirs, look at me go. :) I just programmed 'em to say gibberish, I don't remember exactly, mainly just stuff like "Mee NO Da LO Oompa Loompa La La," for all it's worth. Long as it sounds epic-ish. Also, this track was *made* for a guitar lead. Um, enjoy?"
Well gosh, if you INSIST. It's interesting that the Gameboy version of DK made its way onto the BadAss setlist - I'm not saying Kong doesn't have a wallet that says "Bad Motherf*!%er" on it, it's just a surprising source selection in a vacuum, even outside of inclusion on an album. Clearly Jimmy had a vision here, and worked to integrate these themes into a coherent, badass electronica whole. Judges actually evaluated this one, so I can lean on their expertise - Mattias writes:
"Great production, clever and cohesive arrangement with good solos. Sequenced guitar sounds decently realistic, everything works well together, it makes you eargasm. Good stuff!"
"Pretty epic bro. Guitar is a change of pace from what I usually hear from you, but it's solid as hell."
And last but not least, director The Joker offers:
"BGC was one of the first, if not the first, completed tracks we had. When I first heard it, it sounded good. Damn good, in fact. It was smooth, epic, and full of just that good ole fashioned swagger. I told Jimmy to make it darker anyway; he delivered. If the first half got you ready for adventure, then the second makes you fight for your ever loving life. Your life, damn you! If you wanted big, sweeping, smooth, choral rock, then by Crom you got it."
Nice; clearly the choral elements were employed to darken things up a bit and give it that epic movie trailer "Carmina Burana" repurposing vibe. IN A WORLD WHERE JUMPMAN MUST SAVE THE LADY FROM A MONKEY NAMED DONKEY... you get the idea. That Jimmy just programmed in nonsense lyrics, and that it sounds pretty darn epic, makes me LOL a bit at how almost anything, when sung by a large enough choir, can sound killer & deathly serious. "My tiny little nipples went to France"?? No problem, just get a choir to announce it! At any rate, this is yet another great cut off BadAss, again showing off a diversity of style AND source material, while remaining true to the director's mission statement of coordinated, strategized, and well-executed ass-kickery. Congrats to The Joker and pu_freak and for all artists involved for making sure BadAss lived up to its name - you're all a bunch of evil, villainous, no-good swine... and we love you for it ;)
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