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OCR01725 - Donkey Kong Country 2 "Lanterns"

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Horray, my old name is in a write up

Yeah, when I first heard this on piano I LOVED it. It's a direction I don't think we hear enough of in the remix community. It's minimal, it's full of emotion and it's easily my favorite take on the Brambles theme

You're a champion for this one

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A beautiful and unique take on a source that is pretty tough to remix due to it being amazing amazing amazing amazing. But I think it's safe to say you've taken it in a new and interesting direction.

It's kinda slowish though and empty at times? But I like that. It makes it more somber and more minimalist and stuff.

Gooooood stuffs.

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It took me quite a while to even realize this was Stickerbush Symphony.

I went back and listened to it again afterward, though. I liked it quite a bit. With it being so slow, though, it almost seems... short, you know?

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The samples were fine in my opinion, but the arrangement did seem a little underdeveloped...didn't get to the best part of the source until the very end. Overall though I dug this quite a bit and am glad it made it on the site.

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I love this one. It's sad and gentle. It has a restained feel similar to Infinite Natalie by Shnabubula. It is not underdeveloped at all.

I really like the way how the piano is upfront and strings in the first part, and oboe throughout, are distant. It works really, really well. Oboe is stiffer than it should in a perfect world be, especially in the end, which is a bit unfortunate, as it leaves an "aftertaste". Regardless, I'm extremely glad this passed, I enjoy it very much.

--Eino

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Potentially awesome remix that is brought down substantially by cheesy orchestral elements. Piano alone would have blown me away, though.

EDIT: Actually awesome piece and I was just an asshole. I'm sorry.

Edited by oakthielbar
I was an asshole

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Ah man the more I listen to this the more I love it. It has a very strong emotional character. I only wish the string parts were played live...that would have been killer. I still think the string samples used fit the emotional quality of the mix. Def worth the wait for hearing this one.

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Yesterday was a pretty crappy day for me. We all have those... I only heard this track late at night. It had a catartic effect on me, and I felt a lot better afterwards. Thanks for that.

In another angle, It really reminded me of some of "Legend of Legaia"'s darkest tracks.

In short, I really liked it.

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Ahhh the piano in the beginning is so nice, but the synthesized brass and strings seemed a little out of place. The piece over all though is really great though, I really did enjoy it. I wish it were live instruments, but I guess you can't always have that.

Nicely done!

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Words cannot describe the appreciation I have for this song. Something about it makes me very nostalgic. It's not saddening but somewhat uplifting. The brass and strings, in my opinion, adds to the emotion the song brings out. Overall this piece is amazing and I can't really say I hated anything about it. Loved it!

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for some reason, I loved the intro. Loved loved loved loved loved it. So very dark and simple and deep. Couldn't really figure out why, and then I figured it out.

Quite similar to Galamb Egyedül, with a little change of direction.

thumbs up hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Wow, this is really nice! I don't have a problem with the sample quality so much as the dynamics - the fact that once the instrument hits a note it stays the same volume for the duration of the note. I think all this really needed was dynamics - crescendos and decrescendos.

And being a fan of Philip Glass, I don't really see the comparison, but at times this can evoke the same sort of "mood" some of Glass' darker pieces stir up from within.

So great work to you. Glad I got to hear it!

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It's cool to hear my beloved plink plink- plink plink ploonk turned into something so legato. I think a little humanization on some of the orchestra elements would have made this into something really outstanding, though as is, it is very good. Just some vibrato on the sustained notes, and as Mustin pointed out, some additional dynamics.

I think even an additional minute would have been welcome, it seems like it ends too soon. Very nice stuff, however.

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Hold on, I need to cry here...

(murders keyboard with tears)

Yeah, this is just so saddening. It reminds me of the people in my family who have died.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

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Slow, dark and melodicly beautiful. This paints the picture of a funeral perfectly, and while I'm not sure that should be a good thing, it's a great thing here. Well done, loved every second!

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This one definitely feels like a funeral march in the rain, you captured that utterly-somber essence perfectly. I agree that this could have really benefitted from a live performance on the other instruments, but I think the piano is enough to carry this one on its own. It's nice to see a less-conventional Stickerbrush Symphony remix on the site - as great as the source tune is, I definitely think it could stand to get a more liberal approach taken, and that's exactly what was done here!

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Whoa....

The atmosphere is so thick I could cut it with a knife; oh how I love it, lol. ^_^

I keep thinking of something like a nighttime Japanese marsh in the rain with a lone lantern stuck on a pole, something from a Hayao Miyazaki film, whenever I listen to this.

The laborious effort in this mix astounds me; it feels so wonderfully weighty.

This is one of those rare mixes that is so unique that you will most likely never find another like it; go check it out.

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Now here's a different take on Stickerbrush!

As has been mentioned already, some humanization on the orchestral elements would help this song a lot. Otherwise, this is a novel take on what is otherwise a more upbeat song. The execution is mostly there, although I feel it is a little on the short side & would have liked to hear more.

Not a bad take though!

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