It's that time again, audiophiles. Hope you're doing well.
Now earlier this week after doing my post on stoner-friendly games I observed how integral music was to many of these titles. Music really can make or break the mood of a game and when you're in a particular one you might be swayed to play or not play depending on how you know the game will leave you feeling. Sometimes that means you need music that will keep you in whatever head space you find yourself in; something that pop, rock, and rap can't always do. Whether it's the lyrics or the need to follow along with more traditionally laid out tunes, sometimes these genres can be incredibly distracting.
For many the solution lies in the electronic scene where rhythm and bass lines are all you need, with the occasional break down or vocal sample to shake things up. Electronic is the place to go when all you want is to exist in your head for a while.
And when soothing ocean noises scare you.
And with that in mind, this week's Audio File Friday is....going green, let's say.
As is the case with many remix artists these days, I stumbled across Donimusic during one of my late night youtube excursions. I was hoping to find some good Katamari Damacy remixes this time around and ended up with one really great one. Lonely Rolling Star was already a personal favorite from the original Katamari Damacy soundtrack, and this clever dubstep remix found its way right up my alley.
For the uninitiated, dubstep is a relatively new-ish (the name itself tracing back to 2002, though its roots extend much further back) subgenre in the electronic music world that revolves around heavy drum and bass. That overwhelming "womp womp" sound is dubstep's signature and tells you everything you need to know about the style; in your face, tending toward the dark and grimey.
What makes Doni's Katamari dub so wonderful is how contradictory it is to its genre. Katamari Damacy's soundtrack was a lot of things, but dark and grimey were certainly not some of them. And why change that? Rather, Doni took one of the most sugary sweet tracks and let the dubstep compliment its existing sound rather than fight against it. The result is sure to bring a smile to your face, and the surprise guitar riffs during the breakdown will keep you on your toes.
After listening to this mix
like a gazillion a couple of times, I decided to see what else Donimusic had to offer. What I found was a plethora of remix tracks, the vast majority of which were gaming based. I squeed
As he describes himself:
My name is Doni. I'm a musician. I make music. I make original music and remixes. I am a DJ. I make happy time for all.
Doni's beats come dipped in funk, industriousness, and pure unadulterated smoothness. They are perfect for the thinking man, or perhaps we should say the thinking person.
He certainly makes this thinking gaymer person happy with his beats. When you talk electronic remixes of classic gaming jams, you're not exactly in uncharted territory so to stand out takes some work. Doni manages this with clever production choices that, like in the Katamari dub, sheer talent, and plenty of variety.
Doni's got everything from obscure classics like Startropics to more well known classics like Donkey Kong Country 2 and Pokemon Red/Blue to recent-ish hits like Final Fantasy X, Katamari Damacy, and Metroid Prime.
This skin crawling dubstep remix of Pokemon's Lavender Town stays truer to the dirty dubstep sound, while throwing in a dash of humor via audio samples of the infamous Pokemon Power televangelist sermons.
If this is what devil music sounds like, I'm down.
And is it just me, or does the Dungeon theme from Startropics sound remarkably like the hook of Lady Gaga's Judas?
Eyes have been opened.
But Doni doesn't just do dubstep and electro, he also creates some truly enjoyable chillout remixes perfect for when you need to...well, chill out. Like this amazing remix of Dream of the Shore Near Another World from the cult classic
and one of my personal favorite games of all time Chrono Cross.
Whether you're in the mood to chill, dance, trip, or get grimey Donimusic has got your covered. You can hit up Doni's official youtube channel for more audio videos, and official website for everything else. Follow his twitter and like him on facebook as well. You know the drill.
That about wraps it up for this week. Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend, be sure to give Doni's tracks a spin while you....ahem, relax this weekend and I'll see you right back here next Friday.
And don't forget, if you've got songwriters, bands, producers, DJs, rappers, yodelers
vocaloids in mind that make fresh gaming music that you'd like to see featured here be sure to let me know in the comments section!