ReMix:Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest "Sinfonía del Sabio" 3:40

By Leandro Abreu

Arranging the music of one song...

"Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)"

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

Posted 2014-01-01, evaluated by the judges panel

Up next & reppin' DKC2 is Leandro Abreu, who debuted almost a year ago with a killer rock/jazz Sonic 3 mix. Here he takes on 'Stickerbush Symphony' with some very cool, mellower mixed rock/jazz instrumentation - electric guitar still features prevalently, but some rather unorthodox low brass takes on the underlying motif, and Ron Burgundy himself would be diggin' all the JAZZ FLUTE. There's also the acoustic guitar strummin' that starts things off and sticks around, some funky wah, and drums that stay out of the way for the first minute or so but are nice & crisp when they do make themselves known later on. OA sums it up nicely:

"Loved the performances on this, and I think the drums sound good, tonewise. Great performances really take this over the top for me, and pretty solid mixing makes sure that all the good stuff can be heard.

The arrangement structure is conservative, but the different elements handed out to various instruments gives the piece it's own flavor, and the solo section in the middle was really well-executed. All the instrumentalists are very talented, and play well together. This is a really nice song."

Larry did point out that the low brass doesn't quite match the fidelity of the other instruments, most notably the superb guitars & flute, but DAMN do I love that it's in here, because it's part of what makes the arrangement more compelling & more unexpected. This is a popular source, and most of the interpretation here is additive in the form of some delicious soloing, but the instrumentation is also a star in its own right, as Leandro fuses harder rock with mellower jazz VERY successfully. This would still be a great mix sans flute, but that particular component is really what sets it over the top & sells the vision, for me at least. Even the curmudgeonly Vig was on board:

"Agree with larry about the trombone in the intro. Doesn't fit well, though it's cool later on. Mixing is great, performances are great. This is a great example of an arrangement that stays pretty close to the original in terms of structure and form, but adds plenty of personality with careful arrangement and musical performances. Great track."

This source gets mixed a lot, but you haven't heard it quite like this, and I'd also say that Leandro fully delivered on the promise of memorable debut mix with this follow-up. 2014 isn't even a day old and it's already throwin' down the gauntlet - fantastic work!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-12-21 05:12:07

Mmm, so sweeet... The blend of low trumpet, ethreal flute and all guitar sounds so gorgeous. This music is perfect for a walk in forest on one those bright autumn days, when the leaves are yellow and orange and red and the sun shines humbly through light clouds and the slightly cold wind blows. Excellent!

on 2014-06-20 07:43:04

Not sure how I missed this when it came out, but I love it!

Thanks for the great mix. Would love to see more like this one.

on 2014-03-07 20:43:37

Great remix! I love the guitar's intro.

on 2014-01-02 10:44:48

Ooooh, man, those guitars and the jazz flute! So much love for the instrument choices and usage here. Honestly, this is the kind of ReMix I would like to hear if DKC went through an HD update, because it does have a little bit of conservativeness at first, but then evolves from there, which is one of my favorite things a ReMix can do, combining nostalgia and innovation. Well done, man!

on 2014-01-01 16:37:08

Wow. That blew me away. Those instruments are played live if my ears don't deceive me. Absolutely awesome update of Stickerbrush Symphony. Each instrument holds out very well, particularly the guitars and flute. I love how you emulated the original down to a T with updated sounds, although I'm very surprised that OCR accepted it as it is kinda conservative to their standards from what I typically see. Aside from a few nice improvisation parts in the latter third, the track is a cover of sorts but I don't mind. Excellent work.

on 2014-01-01 00:47:33

Yeeeeah, the trombone in the intro threw me off, too. xD At 3:35, dat trombone cut off. :( Oh well, other than that, pretty neat arrangement. I liked the wah rhythm guitar, and the lead guitar is hella expressive.

on 2013-12-31 11:00:10

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo , 1995, SNES)
Music by David Wise
"Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)"

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