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  1. Anybody got this yet? I haven't, but I watched some gameplay videos and my god that music. It seems weird to say, but the endless remixes in DKC: Returns turned me off in the end. It robbed the game of its own identity and really just made me crave playing the originals. This time the music seems perfectly tailor made for the levels, as you'd expect from Wise. And he's definitely not lost his touch, although I'll be surprised if he's able to match the beginning-to-end splendour of DKC2. Whatever the case, buying a Wii U and this game has now become an immediate priority.
  2. I'm guessing nobody checks this thread anymore, but anyway: while in a mall the other day I heard a song being played, and was immediately struck by its similarity to the Roller Disco remix in the DKC2 album. Am I going crazy? Check out 2:23 of Roller Disco (which sounds like it originates from but I might be wrong): Then check out 2:07 of this cack: It's not the just the melody, but also the use of synths. Probably just coincidence but I found it interesting nonetheless.
  3. Can't get enough of Cliffside Climber. It's quite faithful to the original and really takes me back, yet is refreshed enough to be its own work. Also I'm pretty sure I heard the snow level music from DKC1 thrown in there at one point? Can't remember if that happened in DKC3 but it made me smile. Epic Bananas is another favourite, taking one of DKC3's most haunting melodies and turning it into an energy-filled beast. In many ways it would have suited the treetop level where you have to outrun the ginormous saw. Winter has a lovely atmosphere, although could use a little more variation to make i
  4. Went through all the GBA tracks too, some good stuff there. I was pleased to hear the jungle tune from DKC1 pop up a number of times (look out for the ones with 'Jungle Jitter' as a source, as well as the first Treetop Tumble track), some brilliant interpretations of it. I was otherwise unfamiliar with most of what featured, although I think I heard the DKC1/2 Cranky theme pop up at one point. Still seems strange to me Wise chose to completely recompose rather than reproduce, as I see what an earlier poster meant about the atmosphere of some tracks (and consequently stages) being transformed
  5. Got through all the SNES tracks, absolutely splendid. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole album apart from a few inevitable ones I didn't appreciate the genre of so much. That makes three fantastic DKC albums I've seen mature and be brought to beautiful fruition now, although this seems to be the most accomplished album in terms of sheer quality and quantity of music. Almost makes me want to see a second edition of the earlier ones. Might try and find time to do a track-by-track review of at least the SNES ones. I'll listen to the GBA tracks when I have time, but as I never played that version I hav
  6. Only listened to a few favourite tracks so far, but I'm enjoying what I'm hearing. I'll happily admit that DKC3 is my least favourite of the DKC soundtracks, but there's nonetheless plenty of quality music and these remixes are doing a great job of emphasising just how good some of the composition was — I'd simply forgotten after not giving it nearly as much listening time as I have the DKC1 and DKC2 soundtracks. One revelation that I can't believe I'd never noticed before: the main title theme incorporates both the DKC1 jungle beat and bonus level music. Not sure how that never occurred to me
  7. Whoa, had to come out of forum limbo to comment on this. This is without a doubt the best Metal Gear Solid remix I've heard to date, and what makes it so ironically tragic is that 128kb/s is the best rendition we'll ever get. A remix that tackles the whole intro is something I've been interested in hearing and toyed with numerous times over the years, and while this one doesn't quite do that the fact that it kicks off with the same music the game introduces itself with is an excellent nod. To then go through some of the series' finest music just makes it better and better, and while I can hear
  8. Wait, what? The GBA soundtrack is not only different but also by Dave Wise? Wtf. YouTube won't load for me right now so I can't check it out. God damn. Edit: Okay, this is kind of bizarre. DKC3 had fairly superb music, whatever compelled them to completely change it like this? Some of it is pretty sweet, but none of the several I've sampled hit the mood like the originals. Some of the DKC3 music was incredibly haunting, especially Treetop Tumble. Bit weird to hear that replaced with an upbeat Jungle Book-esque groove. Still, cool the music exists for remixing. The more music in the album the
  9. I don't hate the vocals, but I would be interested in hearing the instrumental work more clearly. For an album based on a purely instrumental soundtrack surely I can't be the only one with such curiosity? Kind of like how I like to sometimes listen to metal bands' instrumentals, even if I do enjoy the music with vocals too. You can't appreciate how intricate some of their background orchestration and such is when it's overlaid with vocals, although the vocals add a power of their own. I don't question the decision to use vocals at all, but as I say it'd have been nice if the bonus disc conta
  10. Just got through the whole thing. God damn, lots of amazing stuff on there. My favourites are definitely Rare Respite, How K.Rool Went Insane, Boss Bossanova, Beneath the Canopy, Bad Bird Rag, The Flying Krock, and Castle Crescendo. Not just the interpretation but also the production of these is superb. Beneath the Canopy hit so many nostalgia strings when it changed its tone halfway through. Also really enjoyed Monkeys Disarm Their Kremlings, albeit the instrumental version — I don't mind the odd death growl but this track is a bit heavy on it for my liking. Really love how it segues into DKC
  11. Digg it? http://digg.com/nintendo/Donkey_Kong_Country_2_soundtrack_remixed_by_OC_ReMix
  12. Oh man, my heart went all warm and fuzzy when I remembered this thread and came in to find most of the tracks blue.
  13. Absolutely love this. So many quirky little details/cues, and totally brings out what I love about the castle theme. Great work!
  14. Like most people on OCRemix, I had a small exposure to Reuben's music -- his Metal Gear Solid remixes. When he first released his last masterpiece for the game ('Legend of the Snake 2: Snake versus Dragon') I was there, as he was given feedback from myself and others and strived to produce a perfect piece of music. The final result was beautiful and a testament to his musical expertise. It seems very strange now, trying to summon a hazy memory of him responding to the feedback from myself and others. I remember him saying how he'd love to use a particular wonderful-sounding Indian instrument m
  15. Man, I randomly thought about this project again just now. I can't believe it's been about 2.5 years since it was completed -- where the hell did time go? I've not read much of this thread's continuation so I'd imagine this has already been suggested, but I'd definitely love to see a sequel album (Covering DKC2 of course!) one day become a reality. In my opinion the music in DKC2 is far more appealing, and there's consistently awesome music across the whole board; I can't think of one weak track, which makes for some stunning material to work with. I bet people would jump in if it were actuall
  16. While reinterpretation is always good, be sure to ultimately give the listeners what they want — to hear the tune they enjoy in full. Throughout the whole thing I was waiting for the more complex bit that's in the original tune to come along. As it is you've only got the same several notes playing over and over which makes for a very repetitive listen, no matter how many layers of sound and all the filters in the world you add on top of it.
  17. I know this is starting to sound repetitive, but I too would love to hear a version of this from the original composer without the kick. Whilst it is an interesting and enjoyable listen, the kick gets incredibly bothersome after listening to the piece multiple times. And erm, the Ghost House and Castle kind of use the same theme. The Castle just expands upon it and extends it.
  18. Well I offered my support and feedback throughout the project's production, but I'll lay down some thoughts here anyway. To put it quite frankly, this project rocks. There is not a single track on the album I dislike (which is an accomplishment in itself, considering that some tracks are of a genre I wouldn't normally even consider touching). The composition on every single one is just pure brilliance, and a huge congratulations is on order for every constributor to the project for doing what they have. As well as bringing back the Donkey Kong Country music in a new light as the project inten
  19. This remix is brilliant. The whole thing flows together so beautifully, and the vocals are magnificent. I cannot really find the words to describe the sheer excellence of this contribution. And as for Beyond Good and Evil itself, it is tragic that it suffered poor sales. It is quite honestly one of the greatest games that I have experienced in many years - and I've played a lot of games. In my eyes, it even manages to outshine Zelda: The Wind Waker. Whilst Zelda wins with regards to its sheer epic size and interaction, Beyond Good and Evil has an epic atmosphere, storyline, characters and soun
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