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"Wrinkly 64"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES), music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic

Posted 2014-08-25, evaluated by the judges panel

Doc Nano's solo piano DuckTales mix has a special place in my heart, so I was glad to see him tackle & tickle the ivories again for this contribution to Double the Trouble!:

"There is nothing so deep as the evening reminiscence of an old lady gorilla... I changed the time signature and many of the harmonies to create a Chopin-esque nocturne, but most of the melody (except transitions and later embellishments) is derived from the source."

Sweet, delicate, and waxing dramatic towards its conclusion, the dynamic contrast and timing here are perfect. halc writes:

"I dig it. between this and your 'Dancing Leaves' mix, Doc, you got some serious arranging skills. I didn't have any issues with the piano sound myself, it was nice and full, and I liked the twinkly high notes. good stuff."

Note that an updated version was provided with a piano sound that, to my ears, is pretty durn impeccable. Palpable adds:

"This arrangement - playing and writing - is really nice and does a lot with the limited source material (ganked from SM64)."

No, you're not going crazy, this source tune ("Wrinkly 64") is basically "Inside the Castle Walls" from SM64, making this basically a Super Mario 64 ReMix... or at least a ReMix of a DKC3 ReMix of SM64. It's all very incestuous:

"Dear Dixie, please come to the cave, I've peeled a banana for you. Yours truly, Wrinkly. Ape."

...or something like that ;) Either way, the good doctor works his magic on an arrangement that grows subtly in complexity and a performance that brings it all to life, making for a superb solo piano arrangement of BOTH games. Bonus. Great stuff!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-12-21 20:45:55

I feel compelled to remind everyone that I did not arrange the Duck Tales mix -- evory did, and I just performed it with very minor modifications. Credit goes to him for that arrangement!

Uffe von Lauterbach
on 2014-08-28 20:54:05

I'm really happy I caught this on the home page. It really is worth listening to.

on 2014-08-27 18:06:02

Chopin-esque piano melody driven ReMix of Wrinkly/Peach 64. To which after listening to, I can only say awesome! So peaceful and beautiful, I could easily drift off to sleep listening to this if I was tired enough. I always felt that this theme had elegant potential, but it’s proven here. Great job.

on 2014-08-25 21:55:39

I've never really heard a VGM nocturne before (but I have heard a classical one, actually). Props on getting one of the first of these on the site! :) Great piano tone, too.

OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-08-25 20:42:44

A light, effortless touch makes this arrangement sound so natural. Beautiful work, Wrinkly would be proud! (Except I think she's dead now? Donkey Kong canon, I tell you...)

on 2014-08-25 13:55:47

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
Music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic
"Wrinkly 64"

Tags (6)

Mellow, Solemn
Piano, Solo Piano
Arrangement > Solo

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Published 2012-12-03
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