ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "Aquatic Shrediance"
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Our first DKC of 2016! If there was any doubt before, I think we can now conclusively say that "Aquatic Ambiance" is an all-time VGM classic; at least from the number of (excellent) fan arrangements, it's right up there with "Terra", "Ice Cap", etc. Newcomer ToxicxEternity (Jack Fliegler) debuts with an intuitively-titled metal/rock arrangement of the iconic source that plays a nice loud-soft game, alternating between mellow acoustic & shredalicious electric guitars:
"Hello! I recently had my track approved by the mods on the OC ReMix forum, so here is my submission! I've been doing metal remixes of video game songs for a while and they usually turn out pretty intense and heavy. With this track, I was looking to step out of my comfort zone a bit and calm things down using an acoustic guitar and a more ambient soundscape. I had a lot of fun recording these parts, because it's very different than what I usually do."
Emunator hits the nail on the head and says most of what needs to be said:
"Rad! This shares some similarities to this remix by The Distortionist but I think your more relaxed, acoustic focus helps set it apart nicely. Your guitar skills are impeccable, and despite the fact that your mix feels somewhat conservative, the harmonic variations and fills are enhancing the original writing in subtle, but very important ways. And that solo is killer! Overall, this is really doing the trick for me, even though this source and this style have been done several times before by some very talented people."
Flexstyle has actually caught a live performance of this mix, since he lives in the same area as Jack:
"OH HEY THIS GUY. Hi Jack! I've actually had the privilege of hearing this particular arrangement LIVE, thanks to the fact that Jack is a local here. He occasionally breaks out the jams at Endgame, a local video game bar, and tends to rock the house completely!"
Neat; I've never actually been to a video game bar, but I'm certainly glad they exist, and am definitely gonna have to hit one up when I get the chance. Chimpazilla echoed some of Mike's minor criticisms but also dug the overall arrangement:
"Agreed with Mike that the drums are a bit vanilla. Drums could have more volume and presence. I'm not a fan of the extreme panning in the outro, it makes me think my left speaker has suddenly failed. Definitely a conservative arrangement, but the performances are absolutely dynamite. DAT SOLO. Even with some nitpicks, this is good stuff!"
Right on; judges said all that needs saying, so I'll offer a warm welcome to Jack, who's cooked up a satisfying, oscillating take on an enduring source tune - hope to hear more!