ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "Banish"
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Oh, the sound design-anity! Cue clickhole-style headline:
"You've never heard 'Aquatic Ambiance' quite like this - see what happens NEXT!!!"
...or similar. Redg is known for his aggressive sound design & mangling atmospheres, channeling the intro theme to American Horror Story with all manner of drilling, throbbing, & cutting malevolence. It's quite the spectacle, and a tribute to his prowess that he can still work the identifiable bones of the source into his machinations. This take on a beloved DKC classic pulls no punches in that regard; you can still hear Dave Wise's gorgeous melody, but it's been set adrift to rise and fall in a dystopian sea of distortion matched with some Blade Runner aesthetics:
"I was shooting for a gigantic ethereal kind of sound. Not sure what else to say... source usage is pretty straightforward. I used to always distort the fuck out of my master tracks... New version of "Banish" remixed and modified to meet the panel's reasonable standards. Crank it!"
Brent's initial version of this was a little TOO distorted for the judges, who had greater difficulty isolating source and experienced something they described as "ear pain" ;) Fortunately, he resubmitted a version that is still edgy & aggressive but provides a little more clarity into the inner workings; Palpable writes:
"Both issues I had with this are resolved. The source melodies are more obvious, even with that last changed chord still there. Track distortion is at a tolerable level...the essence of the remix is still there and it's certainly worthy of getting posted for its unique style. Let me be grateful that Brent was willing to make fixes."
The melody in question really works well in this setting, reimagined as a post-apocalyptic sort of anthem that's vast in scope & hints at hope while bathing in a burnt landscape of abandoned technology. Or something like that. You can paint your own picture and see where the arrangement takes you, but just be ready (as always) to hear a familiar theme completely transformed!
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