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2. ready for review Donkey Kong Country/2 "Drowning in Brambles" Synthwave Mashup

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Mashup of Aquatic Ambiance from Donkey Kong Country and Stickerbush Symphony from DKC2 done in a heavy synthwave style. It's not just a simple medley as both themes borrow elements from the other. The entire track was assembled mostly from memory, so things might not be 100% accurate to the actual thing, but reasonably close? Both tracks are really well-known, oft-remixed David Wise pieces, but I haven't seen anything done quite like this. I'm not the best with production/mastering so I'd love some feedback on that.

Direct link to mix (mp3)

Direct link to mix (uncompressed WAV)

Originals:

Aquatic Ambiance

Stickerbush Symphony

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Oh, I like this idea. The mashup element really does wonders with this track, and as far as I can tell no one else has really gone in this direction with the sources (which considering how well it works is a surprise). I'll add a minor note for the fade-out ending (would be better with just an actual ending), but that's a minor complaint compared to the solid idea you present here.

As far as production it sounds a bit flat. It could use a touch of stereo spread and/or panning on a few instruments (not too much - just enough to give it space!) to help the track pop off the page, so to speak. The drums sound great, but their presence is underappreciated due to a notable lack of minor sidechaining in order to give it some more presence. Again, don't go overboard, but with synthwave it helps when those juicy drums pop out at the listener, which side chaining helps with considerably.

These are some pretty basic suggestions, though; you should discuss this with the OCR Discord, see if people in there can give some solid advice on it, too. I think the arrangement is pretty spot-on, so I would like to see this in the inbox someday (touched up, of course!).

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Yeah, although I don't have any technical music expertise, Gario is spot on about it sounding flat.  I think that's the biggest complaint about this otherwise great arrangement.  The transition between the two themes is so subtle the listener wouldn't even notice.  I hope you polish this up and submit it to the panel!

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Here's a new and improved version. I made an attempt to fix up the drums (especially adding some subwoofer frequencies to the kick), extended the Stickerbush section, switched to a different piano patch that is brighter without losing tone, added an actual ending instead of the lazy fadeout, messed with compression a bit in an attempt to make things sound more full, and tweaked panning.

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