Arranging the music of one song...

"Jib Jig (Mainbrace Mayhem)"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo , 1995, SNES), music by David Wise

Posted 2010-03-16, evaluated by the judges panel

This is Patrick Burns' first posted mix since his debut Donkey Kong Land track back in 2006. It also concludes this debut flood of eight mixes that represent just a portion of the excellent album that is Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business, and there's a reason it's last - Patrick showed up big and really gave the source material a heartfelt and inspired arrangement, moving Wise's upbeat seafaring jig into a more intimate space at some points and at others fully embracing the joyous sway. I'm gonna keep this writeup quick and let the two directors do most of the talking - Jeremy says:

"Whoda thunk it? A project run by me has but one Celtic piece - and it's not mine?!? This was one of my favorite tracks on the DKC2 OST, but also the one I thought was most in need of a good remix, just because I thought the melody had the potential to go places that Wise's original didn't take it. In this mix, Patrick did everything I always wanted to hear done with this track, and more."

That's a huge compliment, because when I heard the original I too instantly thought Taucer would be all over it, and it surprised me to see Patrick's name next to it. I agree, though, Mr. Burns has done it full justice, delivering a mix that's not entirely unlike what I would have expected from Jeremy, exploring the source in all the right ways, feeling 110% natural the whole time. Wes adds:

"The last track of the flood, it is quite fitting that such a flurry of tracks ends with Patrick Burn's calm take on Jib Jig. One of the first few people to complete their track on the project, Patrick did a great job capturing the feel of being on a quiet ship sailing in calm waters, making seldom but good use of sounds of a ship and gentle ocean waves. Of course, the flute and other instrumentation also add to the jolly & gentle mood to great effect. This is easily one of my favorites from the album, as it really carries its vision about as far as it can reasonably go."

In the last forty-eight hours we've posted eight mixes. One of them is by David Wise, featuring performances by Grant Kirkhope and Robin Beanland - 'nuff said. Another is by Jake Kaufman, an amazing game composer whose return to these waters speaks for itself. I myself personally ended over a year of musical constipation with my own ReMix (I feel lighter!), and really all the tracks represent the diversity of ideas, voices, and creativity that make this community what it is. OA, The Maverick, and Emunator did a fantastic job with the artwork, Mr. Luers also worked diligently and finished up the website just in time, and Bronx Rican again delivered a trailer that manages to convey the size & scope of the music and game in under three and a half minutes.

Ultimately, though, the grand achievement is the album itself, and for that we look to Jeremy and Wes; congratulations are certainly in order for a job very, very well done!



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2019-07-22 14:49:59

I wondered for a long time why this song gives me such a strong nostalgic feeling although I never played DKC2. Now I figured it out:

The beginning of this remix sounds close enough to the beginning of the C64-Version of the game Zorro to make my subconciousness go "awwwwwh good old times!".

Here is a YT-link for reference:

But I guess even without these memories I would agree that this is a excellent remix of a good song. Thank you for sharing it.

on 2015-12-05 13:19:32

I'm not big fan of celtic/folk-inspired songs, but this song struck me with its cheerful, carefree vibe. It can easily be a theme of breezy sunny morning, haha :) And it can easily fit some cartoon as well. What a lovely mix!

on 2013-04-29 12:35:40

Ah, all I need is a sea shanty and the sound of the waves to quell my sorrows. And this song!

on 2012-12-06 21:46:11

This is easily one of the top 10 songs on the entire site. (And I have listened to all of them). I hope we hear more from Patrick Burns sometime soon.

on 2012-08-22 19:30:02

Easily one of favorite remixes, and maybe even one of my top 10 favorite songs of all time. Whenever this song comes on shuffle, I just stop and soak it all in. I also love your other remix on the site, Revisiting the Ruins. I'd love to hear more from you!

on 2012-07-04 14:21:34

Easily one of the top few tracks from Serious Monkey Business for me. Patrick did a gorgeous job in giving a piratesque sound to Jib Jig that is lush and uplifting.

It's pretty hard not to love what has been done here!

on 2011-07-05 01:28:43

At Rozovian's request I've decided to start linking some of the writeups of OCR tracks I've been doing on my blog. Although this particular writeup isn't written by me personally, we feel that this track deserves some good attention.

on 2010-11-22 11:00:34

Easily the best track in the entire album. Pure greatness.

on 2010-11-16 02:48:37

I heard this for the first time randomly today on my way to work. It is probably the perfect "biking on a chilly November morning" song.

on 2010-09-16 16:07:48

Amazing mix. A "rare respite" indeed. I was really stunned by the addition of Chopin's Waltz in A-flat major near the end. This is a wonderful acoustical masterpiece.

on 2010-05-29 01:41:16

I've been going to OCRemix for well over a year now and this song alone made me register. Plus, it's time for me to donate to this site as well for all the enjoyment it has given me. As far as this song goes, all I can say is "WOW!"...this song fills me with joy everytime I hear it. Can't wait to go out kayaking with this song!

on 2010-05-14 00:32:25

such an awesome mix, I couldn't imagine a better take on the source. amazing stuff :nicework:

Daimo Mac
on 2010-05-14 00:13:59

I have been using OCRemix for years now and this is the first post I ever made. I love the Serious Monkey Business Album and think it's great, but this one song is what makes it stand out, elevating it from good to great.

Great job on the song.

on 2010-05-02 12:57:57

An aptly titled mix as it was a respite in the album, a welcome one at that :))

Piano's my favorite !!

on 2010-04-04 16:50:06

I'm browsing through the album on Youtube and this one... magical.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo , 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
"Jib Jig (Mainbrace Mayhem)"

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Acoustic Guitar,Flute
Regional > World

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