ReMix:Donkey Kong Country "High Tide" 3:53

By FoxyPanda

Arranging the music of one song...

"Aquatic Ambiance"

Primary Game: Donkey Kong Country (Nintendo , 1994, SNES), music by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, Robin Beanland

Posted 2016-03-31, evaluated by the judges panel

Quick one for today; we've heard many-a-mix of DKC's legendary "Aquatic Ambiance" theme, but newcomer FoxyPanda (Jordan Null) takes it in a different direction with this fun, rolling trap/hip-hop instrumental arrangement:

"This music is one of my favorite SNES pieces. Big ups to the original composer, David Wise! I made this remix because it was one of my favorite video game songs growing up. I know this track is very overdone on, but I had to put my own spin on the song that brings back that nostalgic feeling."

A source is only TRULY overdone when people stop doing new things with it; Jordan avoids that trap with his own... trap. This genre works well with the source - feels like a natural fit, the ReMixer incorporates a lot of the staple components but they're all done well, and in general things just kinda click; the flow is strong with this one. OA hits the nail on the head:

"This is pretty well done; it would have been really easy to just take the source and directly convert it to the genre, but you've done a lot of cool arrangement by omission. The melodic snippets are pretty cool, and the little pinky arps add to the aquatic mood. The backing chants were pretty nice too, and added some energy to the repetitions of the main theme. Structurally there isn't much different, but things are sufficiently decorated and the track progresses well.

I'm digging this, it's not revolutionary, but it takes a lot of fresh ideas and applies them to an old favorite."

Not rocket science, not gonna knock you over with profound revelations about life, but a strong, enjoyable debut from FoxyPanda that does what it does & does it well. While he had some reservations about the sampled vocal bits, which I just take as almost allegorical at this point, Liontamer closes us out with his thoughts:

"Even in the more minimal sections, like the initial build up, Jordan used chords explicitly from the source, so the connections are there practically the whole way through. Aside from the sampled vocals not being a perfect fit, the adjustment to trap and the ear candy added here both clicked very nicely. Welcome aboard!"



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Venom Fighter X
on 2016-04-28 16:20:37

NIce feel, the loose rhythm feels refreshing in a sea or perfectly synced remixes.

Venom Fighter X
on 2016-04-28 16:17:47

Not a big fan of trap music, but you made it work.

on 2016-04-17 11:20:18

I'm not familiar with trap music, and I don't usually post, but I thought this was just absolutely wonderful.

on 2016-04-03 04:19:54

Well, not amazing, but it still manages to successfully introduce a fresh interpretation without using too many cliches. Could have used slightly more sophisticated sound design for the leads. But still pretty cool. At least there weren't low pitch-shifted vocals. :-D

on 2016-04-01 17:14:05

Although I don't care for the genre, it is a very good mix and it is quite dynamic. Worth a listen and definitely worth posting on the site as another great remix of the track.

Skyline Drop
on 2016-04-01 13:00:47

I know a lot of people are probably turned off by the very genre of trap, but this is a seriously varied arrangement that definitely deserved to be posted. Tons of dynamics, and even with a bunch of silly trap cliches (like the aforementioned chants), I think FoxyPanda did a great job putting together a really inventive interpretation of a common theme. I enjoyed it a lot.

on 2016-03-31 22:10:18

Sounds like FoxyPanda had a lot of fun making this mix. Aquatic Ambiance is one of the classics SNES tunes and it's really cool to see it done in a genre other than techno/trance and rock. Lots of variation with the leads and drum fills. Nice work.

on 2016-03-31 10:47:51

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Donkey Kong Country (Nintendo , 1994, SNES)
Music by David Wise,Eveline Novakovic,Robin Beanland
"Aquatic Ambiance"

Tags (6)

Electronic,Sound FX,Synth
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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