ReMix: Donkey Kong Country 'Submerged in Ambiance'
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From newcomer The Distortionist (Justin Spaulding) comes a different take on the familiar 'Aquatic Ambiance' theme, blending ambient electronic textures with some staccato, convulsing metal shreddage. The artist writes:
"I want to thank you for this website, its purpose and the opportunity for me to share my creations. I have been visiting OC ReMix for many years and have always been humbled by the numerous talented musicians and remixers that appear on the site. After years of watching from the sidelines, I feel as though I am ready to contribute. This remix is important to me, because it is from a game that played a very pivotal role in my childhood. Donkey Kong Country, to me, has one of the most creative and emotional soundtracks out of any game of its time and even modern games. What inspired me to remix Aquatic Ambiance was just simply how beautiful the song is in its purest form. I wanted to blend a smooth electronic sound with a harsh progressive metal sound and after playing around, this quickly turned into a remix that I'm proud of."
Things intro quite mellow, lulling the unsuspecting listener into a false sense of hypnotic relaxation before the WAKE UP CALL at 0'46" - I love the scraping, distinct rhythm guitar part, before power chords take over at 1'14". I almost feel like Justin's communicating with us in Morse code at times, as the separated chuggage and muted fret sounds form a very punctuated cadence during the metal bits.This arrangement does a fantastic job of expanding & extrapolating in between sections that feature the melody, which is largely intact. The artist does a great job of tempering fury with calm, and at 2'52" when that lead re-enters in a serene ocean of accompaniment, you can really appreciate the extremes being visited. Justin's clearly been on the sidelines far too long, as this is a fantastic debut which, while arranging source material that has been thoroughly explored, manages to say something new & rock out doing it. Badass - want more!!
- WesternZypher on May 27, 2013
Okay! So I'm not a huge metal fan, normally, but I'm a sucker for DKC music so I try to give all mixes a chance. Good thing! This is a stellar beginning and I look forward to your future work.
Couldn't have said it better myself.. This is sickeningly good. :shock:
- rainmanbk on May 15, 2013
- moonra on May 11, 2013
I can not believe that there is this much talent in just a debut piece! I expect to hear great things from you Justin!! 8)
May the gods of music watch over your OCR career and bless you with the ideas to captivate the entire community!
- Im_Just_Shawn on April 24, 2013
- urdailywater on April 17, 2013
- Lady Shinigami on April 17, 2013
- Argle on April 9, 2013
When I listened to it: "Wow. This is amazing. A lot of things done well here. Didn't seem like 6 minutes, there needs to be more"
After I listened to it: "Don't recognize the name, but let's see what else they've done..."
".... what?! That's their debut mix? Can't wait to hear more!"
- esteve7 on April 9, 2013
- Emunator on April 7, 2013
- OneUp on April 7, 2013
I've been super busy lately, but I plan on doing a lot more remixes from the DKC games in this style so stay tuned! :-D
- The Distortionist on April 6, 2013
Fantastic job, and I look forward to possibly more from you in the future.
- GravitySuitCollector on April 5, 2013
Great job of taking a source that's been remixed like crazy and making it sound like I'm hearing it for the very first time.
Listen to it, download it, add some butter, then slap it on your portable and take it with you everywhere.
- Igami on April 5, 2013
The intro of electronica plus the blend metal and syncopated guitar gives this mix so much uniqueness.
4:00 is ;):):):):):)
This is not getting repetitve at all even with this long write up.
I give you my hat! Respect.
- Rockos on April 4, 2013
- benfucius on April 3, 2013