ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "Wiped Out" 4:24

By Sir_NutS

Arranging the music of one song...

"Fear Factory"

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

Posted 2021-04-21, evaluated by Liontamer


Further illustrating the golden rule that you can never have too many DKC mixes in your life, Sir_NutS (Paul Michael Molina) throws down his own high-energy EDM take on "Fear Factory":

"I have recently completed this new remix. It's been a while since I produced anything, due to recent events, so I'm happy I was able to get this one done. This is a remix of the "Fear Factory" theme from DKC, and it's an idea I've been developing in my mind for a couple years now, trying inject some wipeout into this theme.

So we have the gated filtered polysynths, the silky evolving pads, the driving beat, the "woo" sample, some glitching, even some beat skipping. Of course, this wouldn't be complete without some acid 303 which... you know, saturated LP filter modulation is familiar and alright, but I've done it before, so I wanted to spice it up a bit. So I do start with that, but then it evolves and morphs using combinations and transitions between FM, AM, comb, and formant filters, and different distortion types. It can get a bit into psychedelic territory, but hey, it works, IMO.

As for the arrangement, I didn't do much here to transform what was there, I think the original is just fantastic. But I did use the parts in different ways, added new layers, and reorganized the parts to fit the adaptation. Enjoy!"

Some psytrancey production techniques/elements going on here, with heapin' helpins of tweaky synths over a driving, high-energy beat; Mike is especially good at mixing together very complementary synth elements & also making sure they live & breathe, i.e. are modulated appropriately, and this mix leans on those strengths. Liontamer evaluated:

"Not that melodic interpretation's central to every OC ReMix, but Mike's so right when he says that what's there with the "Fear Factory" melody's not broke, so there ain't no need to fix it! :-) I dig the simple rhythmic changes here that helped give this a little bit different of a delivery; whereas the original's all tension, this one's got a much bigger energy with this genre adaptation. When he wants to go heavy, Sir_NutS always brings it!"

It's been brought :) The layering, clarity, & space this mix brings to the table are superb, and while the arrangement isn't wildly transformative and there have certainly been plenty of EDM takes on this source, it ends up feeling fresh, accessible, and engaging, with mojo to spare. Highly recommended!

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Discussion

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TheLomaxx
on 2021-07-25 16:19:47

The part between 3:10 and 3:20 sounds to me like the song is skipping fastforward in an erroneous way - like I remember from listening to broken CDs on a CD-player. Maybe it's just me and I am getting too old for this kind of effects (in case it's intended), but I wanted to report in case it isn't. I downloaded the song twice and listened to it on YouTube. No difference.

There are also a few other parts where I think for a very short moment that something is off. But as said: Maybe it's just me.

Beside that it's a great remix though.

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DarkSim
on 2021-04-23 00:52:20

Sir_NutS and DKC! What a combo. I love everything about this remix, the synth work, the gating, the beat chops, and the overall energy level gets me so hyped! It's busy but really well mixed too which allows the detail to be heard. I think this'll be a fan favourite given how close it is to the source, which as a fellow Fear Factory remixer, I can confirm is superb.

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Emunator
on 2021-04-22 19:29:44

The rhythmic changeups are off the hook!! It's certainly true that this doesn't stray far from the original source, but the way you changed the cadence of the melodies gives it a whole new feel. Your percussion is excellent too!

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Liontamer
on 2021-04-20 12:09:18

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

Tags (5)


Genre:
EDM
Mood:
Energetic
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Donkey_Kong_Country_Wiped_Out_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
7,767,732 bytes
MD5:
55deebd6559119dae7de428a86d6d3fe
Bitrate:
232Kbps
Duration:
4:24

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