ReMix: Kirby Super Star "Kirb Your Enthusiasm"
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- Game: Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Brandon Strader, halc
- Composer(s): Dan Miyakawa, Jun Ishikawa
- Song(s): "Mallow Castle"
- Posted: 2015-02-13, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute
- Terms (BETA): chill chiptune collab electric-guitar electronic fusion happy rock synth
Every time halc & Brandon Strader team up, the results are epicawesome; this chip-rock jam from Milky Way Wishes continues the trend of Wheeler-Strader win with a healthy dose of chiptune & chip drums paired nicely with electric guitar. Brandon writes:
"It was a collab between halc and myself. I thought he was subbing/adding to panel waaaay back in the day but it seems like he never did, and I really dig the song and consider it a really powerful collab between the 2 of us. Hopefully, there'll be more collabs to come. We both worked together on the arrangement in FL Studio and I recorded some lead guitar for it. It was a ton of fun to work on and I still think it's awesome."
Of course, the mix title channels Larry David in an inevitable pun that's mostly surprising in that it took this long to happen, given our tendencies & predilections here at OCR :) Palpable sums up the general panel consensus:
"I expected 1:03 and 1:58 to be filled out a little more, that may be what sounds off about it. Everything else fills in, but the percussion remains pretty thin. Almost no bottom. It didn't bother me much actually, and I thought the textures created by the pad and guitar blended were really pleasant. This is not one of those collabs where it's seamless who did what - these two artists have distinct styles - but the result is nonetheless enjoyable."
Ditto all that; this mix almost comes off more like a duet of sorts, where you can track BS & DW very easily and they riff off one another, except from an arrangement perspective and not via live performances on individual instruments. When it comes to collaborations, it's not like seamless integration is universally the preferable result, either - this type of approach, where both artists remain easily identifiable at all times, can work just as well. As with so many things, it depends on context, and what's right for the arrangement. In this case, the division of labor ends up defining the arrangement, where the interplay between explicitly chip components and guitar is front & center and remains a compelling & enjoyable focus!