ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 3 'Tangerine Fever'
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I still remember Mazedude's words of caution, I think it was at MAG 7 or 8, that pretty soon no one would be submitting individual mixes anymore since everyone would be tied up contributing to album projects. Prophetic words! But apparently that included him, too ;) ACTUALLY, in fairness Chris has managed to (somehow) balance album contributions, work on his OWN album, and becoming a new father (soon!) while ALSO still sending in individual mixes, so the rules of nature, physics, et al clearly do not apply to He of Maze, who writes:
"Listening to the original "Mill Fever" track, I was reminded very strongly of the popular tracker files from the late 90s. The piece sounded very much like the work of Alexander Brandon, the composer behind Jazz Jackrabbit, Deus Ex, and more. I was also reminded of a very iconic piece by Andrew "Necros" Sega, 2nd place winner from the MC4 music content, "Tangerine Fascination." To this day, it's one of my favorite pieces of music, and I've always wanted to do a stylistic homage to it.
This particular style is very difficult to mimic, as it is highly detail-oriented, and uses a lot of samples that are hard to work with. But, magically, I was able to get it to flow, and the remix came out just like I had imagined it in my head. So, while many may not recognize the nostalgic reference material nor the homage, I had a blast making it, and hope others enjoy it as well."
Messieurs Brandon & Sega will need no introduction to many, as iconic tracker masters & generally awesome composers - however, Chris ain't too shabby (understatement) himself, so if there's anyone I'd say could pay homage to them & Mr. Wise simultaneously, it'd be The Getman. There's definitely a 90's (from a VGM perspective) aesthetic here, with plenty of textures easily identifiable as samples, but the layering, production, and of course the superlative arrangement & sequencing all mean this is not just a tracker-style demake but more of a new vision that simply revels in the sonic wardrobe of a certain era. "SAMPLES AND PROUD!!," one imagines the instrumentation collectively chanting ..."out of the wavetable and into the mix!!" Album Director Emunator writes:
"Mazedude has been nothing short of a force of nature throughout OC ReMix's history. Chris has been churning out high-quality material in superhuman quantities for nearly 12 years now, making him perhaps the most prolific remixer in OCR history. Even still, I have no qualms with saying that this is one of Mazedude's best remixes to date.
First off, "Mill Fever" (GBA) was practically made to be married with Mazedude's quirky, tracker-based style. The instruments and synths used in this remix do not differ that much from the original. The magic is in the way Chris latched onto David Wise's original melodies, and truly brought out their full potential with a dynamic arrangement and some of his most incredible synth solos I've ever heard. And he was the 2nd person on the project to finish his track, to boot! Phenomenal, definitive work here from Mazedude that exceeded all of my expectations."
Well said; more great stuff from Chris, whose distinct style is a welcome addition to ANY album!