It's time to ride with one-man Rhythm Quest developer (wishlist it!) and all-around overly productive music master DDRKirby(ISQ) [Timmie Wong]! But wait, this one's NOT the 9-bit [sic] fare you'd expect from Timmie?!? Let's let him explain how we drove down Diddy Kong Racing's chill corridor:
This genre might come a bit out of left-field for those who don't follow my work closely, but I've been dabbling in this sort of lo-fi/chillhop style for the past year or two. I'll have to once again shoutout One Hour Compos, as that has provided me with the perfect avenue for regular musical experimentation, and allowed me to significantly expand my musical toolkit on multiple occasions. Almost all of the instrumentation used in this track consists of stuff that I've already tried out before in OHC... practice makes perfect!
For this song in particular, I wanted to contrast the high energy of the source track by dialing the tempo way down and enveloping everything in luscious reverb. It was an interesting challenge finding ways to slot the different melodies into a much slower groove, but I had fun with it, especially with the guzheng solo work (sample library courtesy of Impact Soundworks). Hopefully, you all enjoy it as well!"
The arrangement transformation is remarkably different and distinct, which judge Chimpazilla praised alongside the evolving instrumentation and well-developed sound design:
"I hear the source clearly and continuously despite the key change. Wow, this is a cool beat. I'm really loving the acoustic elements along with synth timbres, and ethnic strings (is that a Koto) that appears at 1:28. The dark piano fits perfectly as a backdrop and makes me think of a rainy street at night in a city somewhere (the rain sfx are giving me feelz). There are so many new instruments introduced as the arrangement moves along, so while the energy stays chill throughout, the overall presentation remains fresh and interesting. The mix/master is indeed loud but super clean; it never feels or sounds overcompressed and everything is well audible as I would expect from DDRKirby. Love it."
Smooooooooove. It'll sound like a knock against "Aquatic Ambiance" (a song that we'll NEVER accept slander against), but I'm definitely curious for David Wise's reaction to this one, since it's Rarer™ to get coverage of Diddy Kong Racing compared to the core Donkey Kong Country series. Whether it's the deliberate tempo, smooth bassline, or mellow textures, there's so much to enjoy in what's truly a unique combo of source tune choice, genre approach, and presentation. Nice work by DDRK in tackling DKR! ;-)
on 2023-01-13 12:54:32
Nicolas Daoust here! Found DDRKirby through Ripple Runner back in 2014; "not the 9-bit fare you'd expect" indeed, but sometimes you don't know what you want until you get it.
Didn't expect to see this pop up on OCRemix; I'm glad to see DKR's not forgotten!
on 2022-11-22 16:11:21
Sweet stuff! A pleasant surprise as the style wasn't indeed what I'd have expected from DDRKirby(ISQ). Super good chill mood here, with sort of a restrained "bubbling under" feel. There's something under the surface ... and what a wonderful transformation of the original source tune!
on 2022-11-18 01:22:22
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Hip Hop
- Chromatic Percussion,Guzheng,Saxophone,Synth,Woodwinds
- Effects > Lo-Fi
Regional > Chinese
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