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OCR01242 - Donkey Kong Country "Beneath the Surface"


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thanks again, folks.

just forgot to mention something:

the abrupt beginning is there kind of on purpose. what happened was when i mixeddown the song there was that noise you hear at the beginning, which was NOT anywhere in the waveform. i think it's leftover delay from the sax at the end. sonar was acting odd with the sax in general. anyway, i thought it sounded really cool so i decided to keep it.

oh, and as for the CT, Metroid, Zelda in the ending:

They are there. I like them there; i think they provide interesting countermeoldy for the focus of the piece at that point, the vocals and sax. I didnt premeditate them being there, but that doesnt mean i'm changing it. I'm not. i like it. they stay. deal.

thx.

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Sigh... such a beautiful piece of work this one is. An instant classic. This is one of those that when you show it to people they don't grimace and say, "oh, it's one of those synthesized video game songs."

No, this takes the original and keeps true to it, while adding wonderful spins on the track.

Really makes one wonder where McVaffe went. He used to do work like this.

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I love this track... I took a trip by myself to Australia and New Zealand last fall for about 2 months and this song became an anthem for my experience. I spent a lot of time on my own hiking, reading, and relaxing and this song always served as a great accompaniment to my moments of introspection. I am very thankful to the artist that covered this classic Donkey Kong Country theme, there are so many layers to the song that each listen is different for me.

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Let me be honest with you. It really peeves me whenever I hear a re-mix is not in the original key of the source. It's the first thing I catch. Next is accuracy. How closely is this person following the main melody? The chords? The base?

So at first I was like, "...oh no... here we go...," but then the sexxy saxx starts playing and it gets my attention. The accoustic guitar could be delayed electric, but I'm liking it either way... by the time it gets to that bossa-nova part, I just about cream my pants!!! LORD! THIS is what I call a DECENT remix. And then the guitar solo after that. AWH haw haw. (Picture Homer Simpson savoring his chocolate...)

Only thing I go "huh?" about is the random insertion of Chrono Trigger's Frog Theme. Uh... WHY??? I mean, it's on key and everything... but why? So random.

Other than that, WHOAH. Dude. This is professional work. I'm surprised I could download this for FREE and you don't have RIAA breathing down our necks.

I say again, m8, good show.

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I've had this song in my playlist for what...over a year now and it hasn't grown old yet. 10/10 and three thumbs up!! Don't ask what the 3rd one is.

Let me be honest with you. It really peeves me whenever I hear a re-mix is not in the original key of the source. It's the first thing I catch. Next is accuracy. How closely is this person following the main melody? The chords? The base?

So at first I was like, "...oh no... here we go...," but then the sexxy saxx starts playing and it gets my attention. The accoustic guitar could be delayed electric, but I'm liking it either way... by the time it gets to that bossa-nova part, I just about cream my pants!!! LORD! THIS is what I call a DECENT remix. And then the guitar solo after that. AWH haw haw. (Picture Homer Simpson savoring his chocolate...)

Only thing I go "huh?" about is the random insertion of Chrono Trigger's Frog Theme. Uh... WHY??? I mean, it's on key and everything... but why? So random.

Other than that, WHOAH. Dude. This is professional work. I'm surprised I could download this for FREE and you don't have RIAA breathing down our necks.

I say again, m8, good show.

Heh, I'm surprised that they don't charge us for listenning to K.Rool Intentions either, which is another song which is as sexy as this 1 ;-)

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I've been going through a hard time of things lately. I won't go into details, but for whatever reason, I have latched onto this song to help get me through. There is something so beautifully soothing about it, so deep and understanding and hopeful, that I cannot get it out of my head. And that's a good thing--it has given me some peace. Thank you truly for it.

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This song is amazing. Vigilante delivers again, he is definatly my favorite Remixer. This song is right up there with Zebesian Midnight. I heard the Kraid spliff in there, but whereabouts (time wise) is the zelda cut? I didn't hear that.

Dude, he used the warp whistle song from the original Zelda. It's found at 5:55, and repeats--somewhat broken up--all the way to the end. I think he borrowed the repetition from the OOT intro.

I totally agree that it has the same caliber as Zebesian Midnight. He's really outdone himself, even if the cameos at the end are a bit out of place. Just a little bit, though.

Funny Story: when I heard Frog's Theme, it took me by surprise and I started trying to figure out what game it was from (without cheating!!), so at first I thought of one of the newer Final Fantasies. But after 5 minutes I STILL couldn't figure it out, so I started beating my head on my desk (not really, lol) out of sheer frustration. Then I gave in a little bit and started to cheat by frantically searching my PC for the JUST the TITLE of the song has that little jingle in it. (I didn't want to listen to it. That takes all the fun out!) But then by some sheer stroke of luck (or through divine intervention) Frog's Theme started playing in Media Player about 5 seconds after I started looking. I didn't know whether to laugh or start crying. So I did both. Oh wait.... Was that out loud? Crap. . .

But I digress. They're at the END, so I can't complain too much. And besides, Vig is known for experimenting, after all. But anyway!

Here's a little trivia for everyone! Nintendo used the same sound for the warp whistle in SMB3.

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You like me because I'm a scoundrel. You need more scoundrels in your life.

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Well I literally made this account to post here. I saw a coment by Sefy that was kinda disturbing and I just had to say that this is by far my favorite song as of now. I had this song for a while but that last coment showed how some people like to speak they're mind with no general direction. In that case I'll do the same :-o

Anyway I wanted to make a mix of music that can match this song and so far I havent been able to find anything as soothing and beautifull as this. I often play this song as I sleep its incredible. The under-sea ambient relaxes me and the slow jazz makes great dinner music? I don't know how to discribe it but you made a masterpiece that I may enjoy for a long time to come, thank you :)

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I don't even feel qualified to be commenting on this piece... it is the definitive Aquatic Ambiance mix and I don't think anything has done this well at reimagining the theme since. Even the parts that others pointed out as being problematic (the ending) didn't bother me and I kind of enjoyed gradually becoming aware of all the different cameos at the end as I expanded my video game music horizons.

This is my second most-played song, I'm just totally in awe at what's been created here. One of the best remixes out there! :-o

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