Posted 2014-07-30, evaluated by djpretzel

Leandro mixes searing electric guitar, flowing & flittering flute, and even throws in a brass section for more DKC2 love - if you've heard his other work that we've posted, you'll know how much of a treat you're in for :) Larry writes:

"Leandro's style is so welcome here. Everything he's submitted showcases craft, creativity and precision, and it's nice to hear his approach to another classic David Wise DKC2 theme after his spin on "Stickerbush Symphony" posted at the top of the year.

"Forest Interlude" is another theme which has thankfully gotten more attention after OCR's early years and Protricity's sole focus on DKC2's music. Much like Ari's "Forest Birdcussion," the mood here is relaxing, but Leandro's woodwind-driven approach version is less ethereal and more organic-sounding. The cool industrial-style percussion writing at 1:01, for example, was a highlight. 2:35 added electric guitar for something with a little more edge. Even when this mix rocks, it keeps the instruments at the foundation subdued, which was a nice combination. As the fifth "Forest Interlude" arrangement on the site, it stands apart nicely from the other takes!"

Agreed on all counts, and nice work referencing the back catalog for context - we've been posting amazing DKC2 mixes for MANY years, and Leandro's is the latest in a long line of fantastic arrangements of both this source AND the overall OST, arguably Wise's magnum opus. Abreu is a downright SCARY multi-instrumentalist, and he again pairs his formidable guitar chops with equally resplendent flute, layered in parts to lend a dreamy, earthy feel to things. A few more electronic elements here than in previous arrangements, with an interesting drum groove circa 1'01" that sounds like the wavesequenced patterns made (in)famous by the Korg Wavestation back in the day. Those actually achieved something of a reputation for being overused & synthetic, but that was WAY back in the nineties, and with the smorgasbord of live instrumentation in full effect on this track, there was little risk of either fault being applicable. When the acoustic rock kit comes in on top, though, it's almost like the full drum entrance on "In The Air Tonight," wherein a Roland CR-78 groove is demolished by a gargantuan tom fill now immortalized by Mike Tyson in The Hangover. Not QUITE the same contrast, sure, but a similar segue. Leandro has certainly got the Midas touch when it comes to mixes, as everything he touches turns to musical gold and is NOT to be missed. His return to DKC2's waters is no exception; highly recommended!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Synthetic Pesticide
on 2014-08-06 10:04:12

This piece is pretty cool, it blends some pretty cool elements and the result is something quiet nice, the flute sounds really good, and the guitar sounds really good, though for me, it was almost a bit to loud, but not quiet. Nice mix man.

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2014-08-06 04:04:09

Love the flute and ESPECIALLY the guitar!

on 2014-08-01 09:43:29

Really loved the opening, where the flute and all else really seemed to bring the woods to life, and then when the brass came it, I agree with Emblem that it shook me for a moment, but it soon found it's place and I loved it. So much going on in this ReMix as far as instrumentation goes, which shows how well thought out this was, and of course I have to give a nod to the electric guitar. Having the guitar in the foreground while the woods slowly but surely popped back up with force at the end was great. Damn good stuff, man.

OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-07-30 15:39:44

The opening to this song is lovely and reminiscent of a woodland, reinforced by a beautiful flute performance. The brass caught me off guard, jarring me out of the moment with its-- and I know this is a really technical term-- doofiness. And yet, as the flute continued to dance and the guitar jumped in to steal the show (wow that was good), I ultimately embraced the brass and came out loving this ReMix big time.

- Stephen

on 2014-07-30 13:58:53

This is pretty awesome! I love the little frequency-modulated bell sound playing the arp, and the live flute really helped on those flourishes, what with those little imperfections in the playing. Maaaaaybe a little overboard on the electric guitar playing, channeling a lil Joe Satriani-esque shredding into this piece, but hey, it's cool. Just don't lick the guitar strings. xD

on 2014-07-30 11:35:39

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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
"Forest Interlude (Web Woods)"

Tags (5)

Brass,Electric Guitar,Flute
Production > Live Instruments

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