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Diddy Kong Racing -- Lobby (Cover)

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I've never been more obsessed with such a short, forgettable piece of music before. Whenever my mind goes blank and I have nothing to think about, there's a good chance this little jingle will pop in to my head, and a slightly echo-y voice will say, "Dino Domain" or "Ancient Lake" or even whatever the last couple of words that were said to me were, like, "That's cool" or "Citrus Lad". Whatever the case, it appears that part of my brain has been designated as a permanent Diddy Kong Racing Lobby. I believe this song is used elsewhere in the game as well, like in the options menu, but I've always associated it with the lobby, that glorious miniature hub which contains all the shit you need to do within it. I have no idea why it's so appealing to me.

Anyway, I was going to do this one at some point. I think I forgot how to arrange and possibly mix music -- something about the way this came out rubs me the wrong way. But I'd rather put a cap on it and get it out there than let it stink up my "Unfinished Projects" folder.

Here's to following through!

Thanks to vgmusic.com for the MIDI file that I used as my starting point.

EDIT: Organ articulations

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Overall, I like it. All of the additions and tweaks you made fit the source material well, especially the riff you added just before fading out.

One gripe I have is that this feels like the sort of song I'd queue up two or three times in my music player before moving on to another song, and the fade out messes with that. I think it would have been more appropriate to make it loop instead.

The other thing I noticed is with the... organ? Is it an organ? I'll clarify that with you later, but anyway, the source had more jazzy detail in the timing of the organ's notes, and I don't think the remix managed to capture or improve on that very well. The source times the start of its notes well and cuts them off in interesting ways, where I feel like your notes start and end more evenly with the beat.

To sum up, I think the _sounds_ that you you used were cleaner and more interesting, and your additions were well chosen and well placed, but the original was able to put more personality into its organ.

Looking forward to hearing what you make next!

Birdinator99 responds:

Glad you like it. I had fun with that bass pattern! I made some quick changes to the organ's articulation to try and make it more interesting -- good catch, I wasn't thinking about that.

I agree that it might sound more natural as a loop, but I when I was making this, I was set on adding in the solo at 1:05. To me, the solo is a more notable moment in a song that otherwise feels like a background track (because it originally was). So, in this way, I think my cover came out feeling a little more like a structured song, and therefore I felt it needed a more "proper" ending. You could argue that a fade out doesn't really fit that bill, but I hope you get what I mean. I'm sure it would work as a loop too.

Thanks bruh!

Credits & Info


3.81 / 5.00

Nov 6, 2016
7:28 PM EST
Video Game
File Info
4 MB
1 min 45 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.

* Cover / remake of a third-party piece.
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