Posted 2010-03-20, evaluated by the judges panel

So, the reception to Serious Monkey Business has been great, the flood mixes were all wonderful and I had a blast posting them, and I've given out props to everyone involved in the creation of the album. However, it seemed like one final repeated shout out & thanks was necessary, and that's to Mr. David Wise for writing such great music and for getting involved and contributing to this community. He's a cool, humble, and exceptionally musical individual, and when I saw this ReMix queued up, our first from the soundtrack to Star Fox Adventures (Dinosaur Planet in Japan), I thought it was a nice way to again pay homage to his work. While lesser known than DKC2, his & Ben Cullum's score to Star Fox Adventures is catchy and has a great tribal/new age feel to it. Level 99 and LuIzA collabed on this rock mix that still incorporates some of that but mostly kicks out the jams. Stevo writes:

"Oh, where to begin... well, first, David Wise's soundtracks usually get a lot of love, but one in particular has been overlooked for a while: Star Fox Adventures. The almost-Zelda-type game Rare put out on the Gamecube in 2002 has a great soundtrack that is currently being under-represented on OCR. Step in LuIzA and Level 99 to take a shot at it with rock guitars in tow!

LuIzA approached me about a month ago talking about DoD, a competition I have attended the MAGFest listening parties for but never entered, asking for my opinion on songs she selected to do for that month's theme (Rare month): either a combination of Forest Frenzy from DKC and Forest Interlude from DKC 2, or Thorntail Hollow Day/Night from Star Fox Adventures. Well, I picked the combination, and a day later she said 'Nah, I think more can be done with Thorntail, wanna do DoD with me with month?' The next three weeks were an intense back-and-forth of ideas and composition, and the result is an almost-six-minute-long acousto-electric rock piece that switches back and forth between styles and embellishments."

Nice collab! Vinnie sums it up:

"Very nice rock collab that shows off the benefits of cooperation. The acoustic bookends give a good contrast to the rawk proceedings, like an appetizer and an after dinner mint. There's also a cool synth-y section that sounds more like Early Thorntail Night. Combined with some different-styled leads in the solo section, this mix really lets them highlight their strengths."

What I dig here is that, along with the great variety of well-played, rock-your-face guitars, the synth work, fx, choral bits, and essentially all the non-guitar components are excellent as well and blend nicely. A lot of the production reminds me of some of the heavier 90's alterna-rock, and I think a vocal here really could have rocked, but the textural variety & burning solo work make it function perfectly fine as an instrumental. Highlight is DEFINITELY at 0'52" when jungle sounds morph seamlessly into a sepulchral guitar scream - very, very slick moment. Great stuff all around from two talented ReMixers, and again some superb source material from Mr. Wise!



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-08-14 13:59:40

Terrific work on this collab by two of the best ReMixers on the site. LuIzA and Level 99 shredded the hell out of this one and I adored the pick up right after 0:47. Great arrangement, great production, sounds badass, can't ask for much more.

on 2011-07-18 18:59:34

I could hear this play in Starcraft 2 :-D

Great stuff!

on 2011-06-02 09:00:28

One of the most grand, memorable rock collabs on the site. Pretty much everything I have to express about this mix has been stated much more elegantly by the previous two posters, but I wanted to chime in because I almost let this one slip out of my routine, and I deeply regret it. Absolutely amazing, but I guess I shouldn't have expected anything less from the two involved parties :-)

on 2010-12-04 22:35:54


This arrangement is something I listen to when I'm writing. Because it, like me, has a story to tell, and it does so epically and majestically. It has those wonderful, power ballad guitars, but at such a deliberate pace. It's like the careful and precise metalwork at Hephaestus's forge. Each blow and strike has all the energy needed but in a very controlled fashion.

In short, this mix just means a lot to me and is hands down one of my favorite arrangements on OCR.

Man, Fossil's Oasis is a journey every time I listen to it. This mix is an ecosystem unto itself.

I like you're style; you seem to know what I'm talking about. :-)

on 2010-07-23 05:46:47

Man, Fossil's Oasis is a journey every time I listen to it. Even as background music, I can still feel its primal energy. The bridges between relaxing segments and turbulent ones are deliciously crafty and give enough warning for the listener to prepare for and appreciate what comes next. I especially like how the original section exudes different colors and emotions. Is it contemplating its existence? On its way home? Or just leading its own favorite dance number? Whatever it's feeling, it's all good in my book.

This mix is an ecosystem unto itself.

on 2010-05-28 04:01:11

Would just like to show my appreciation for this song. I registered here solely to say thank you for this remix. I still listen to it daily.

on 2010-05-02 13:05:08

So COOL! Nice job Level 99 n LulzA :)) And very original

Martin Penwald
on 2010-04-04 02:47:12

Loads of variation, all of it awesome. Nice to see that you can have that many different styles and guitars in a 6 minute song without it ever sounding slapped together. I particularly liked the slower sections/breakdowns, though 4:25 onwards was pretty awesome, too.

on 2010-03-31 09:07:31

I'll have to pick this game up again sometime, as I had thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I never finished it. And I don't remember the source, either.

All that aside, this remix is definitely rockin' the right way. Major kudos to the both of you, your skills are mighty.

on 2010-03-30 17:22:11

Finally someone does a remix to a song from this game. I thank you

Xenon Odyssey
on 2010-03-30 13:52:30

This is one of my favorite songs from StarFox Adventures.

And you guys did the justice out of it.


on 2010-03-27 21:19:34

Thanks to everyone who listened. it really means a lot to me that you enjoyed it. I had a blast doing this track with Stevo and on top of that, this track means a lot to me. it's not only an actual remix of a song I've always wanted to do since before getting into remixing (as some of you may have read in the judges' thread), but also one that represents a bit part of what I grew up listening to.... so, lots of memories here. :)

on 2010-03-27 12:35:28

Kick. Ass.

on 2010-03-25 11:02:35

Totally sweet track- nice flow and some of Luiza's best soloing to date. Stevo brings it in equal measures, and seriously, the synergy is such that you two should just form a band. I'll drum for you. :-)

The only thing that would improve this is a slightly smoother ending chord, but dayum, this is nice. :-)

on 2010-03-23 23:17:43
:o This got posted?! Holy crap! Congrats guys! This is totally year of Level 99 and Luiza!!! :D Loved it the first time I heard it and love it now.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Star Fox Adventures (Nintendo , 2002, GCN)
Music by Ben Cullum,David Wise
"Early Thorntail Hollow: Day"
"Early Thorntail Hollow: Night"

Tags (6)

Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synth
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Competition > Dwelling of Duels

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