We end the first flood of September 2015 with another arrangement of another Nintendo classic, as Emunator (Wes McDonald) gives us a transporting ambient/chill ReMix of both "Aquatic Ambiance" & "Forest Interlude" from DKC2:
"Lately, I've been listening to a lot of alternative R&B (artists such as FKA twigs, Banks, Drake, and The Weeknd) and wanted to write a remix that took some influence from that style and married it with my signature chillout style. This originally started out as a remix of "Aquatic Ambiance," but I quickly found that the melodies from "Forest Interlude" fit much more naturally with the style I was working with. You can still hear a lot of residual elements from that first attempt (the opening bell melodies at :38, the breakdown at 1:02, and, of course, the iconic pitch-bent flute/piano at 1:47 and other scattered points in the song), but over time this grew to be a "Forest Interlude" mix done in the washed-out, watery style that you'd expect from an "Aquatic Ambiance" mix. Hopefully, it's not too jarring!
This shares some similarities to my previous submission, "Laguna Tides," on the surface, but this time around I tried to amplify the moodiness to create more tension than I have in previous mixes. I went to extra lengths to use more sound design and effects throughout the mix as well, to keep things fresh and create various singular moments for the listener to latch onto. Overall, I believe this is one of my most sonically-cohesive, detailed arrangements, and my best production work to date. Hopefully, you agree!"
I do! Wes has never been a production slouch - as his previous ReMixes attest to - but this has a sheen, polish, & depth that does feel like a new benchmark for him; very slick. DragonAvenger writes:
"Super chill, definitely makes me think of someone scuba diving among a lot of colorful fish in the tropics. Great use of samples to achieve your mood. Nice change of harmonies at the end as well, adds a new flavor to the melody. Liking this!"
"excellent ethereal stuff here, wes; track only ever does what it needs to, is paced well from transition to transition and uses enough of the source to be a remix of it and not use it as a crutch. for being doused in so much verb, it is still surprisingly tight. i can hear some of the R&B influences there in terms of instrumentation but this is decidedly something else entirely, more new-age than it is R&Bish; there's an element here that reminds me of Vangelis more than anything, a sort of sweeping sense that makes the music feel larger than life. i love how just when you think this track had shown you everything you knew about it, you change it up on the way out for good measure. a source done a hundred times sounding fresh? WUT
even the title is a ball knocked out of the park; way to contrast the light of the lantern with the darkness of the sea. fabulous stuff"
Ditto all that; great arrangement, seriously spacious & enveloping while still having a very musical, melodic backbone - kudos to Wes! Great way to conclude our first flood of the month & pay homage to the Big N's amazing VGM... be on the lookout for a second flood with a theme that might possibly rhyme with "spinal man to see vine"...
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
- "Forest Interlude (Web Woods)"
- Additional Game:
Donkey Kong Country (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
Music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, Robin Beanland
- "Aquatic Ambiance"
- New Age, R&B
- Bells, Electric Piano
- Time > 4/4 Time Signature
- 6,569,135 bytes
- Size: 6,569,135 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: d3f0b1b436d9d44ea2ba6042a8e41c81
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