ReMix: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards "Aqua Tides"
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AND THE EPIC FIFTEEN MIX FLOOD CONTINUES...
Of this jazzy, impeccably-performed solo piano arrangement, Nintendo 64-inspired newcomer jdaster64 (Jonathan Aldrich) writes:
"Hey, I've long been a fan of OC ReMix, and since I recently recorded a bunch of tracks for a CD of mine (Video Game Variations 2), I thought I'd try submitting one of the more original arrangements.
My arrangement is called "Aqua Tides," and is an arrangement of "Aqua Star" (I believe) from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Many of my arrangements are in this sort of jazz piano style, and I try to pull inspiration from the likes of Vince Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck, two of my favorite artists. This piece in particular, I'd wanted to cover in some form or another for some time, but the typical poppy 4/4 beat from most Kirby games, particularly 64, didn't lend itself well to piano. However, I thought it worked a great deal better in a smoother 6/8, and it kind of has a natural roll to it that, to me, evokes the feeling of small waves on the shore. Thank you for your time, and if this isn't accepted, please let me know what I can do in the future to improve it or future arrangements!"
I certainly appreciate Jonathan's great attitude, but the mix was both enthusiastically & unanimously accepted, and I think you'll hear why - DarkeSword (more or less) gushes:
"I played so much K64 back in the day. Love the choice of source. I'm also a huge sucker for time signature adaptations. This is absolutely fantastic. I love the whole approach here, really emotive and lovely. Fantastic performance too. Absolutely YES."
I dig time sig adaptations as well; I suppose they can sometimes backfire, but more often than not it seems that those willing to pursue them & make them work get a good return on investment. Buoyant, confident, flowing... plenty of nice flourishes, good dynamic contrast... what's not to like? Super mellow ending just eases on up the scale w/ a classy ritardando... and there's really not MUCH else to say. Great arrangement + great performance = a memorable OCR debut for jdaster64 that I think a LOT of folks will appreciate!
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