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Game music of the day: Donkey Kong Country 2

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

 

March 17, 2010

Game: Donkey Kong Country 2

Song: Stickerbrush Symphony

Composer: David Wise


Above: "Stickerbrush Sympony" from DKC2

David Wise was, for all intents and purposes, the music man at Rare for more than two decades. Odds are you know and love not one, but dozens of tracks brought into existence by this talented composer; he's responsible for Donkey Kong Country (series), Wizards & Warriors (series), RC Pro-Am, Battletoads, Starfox Adventures and the NES conversion of Marble Madness among many, many others.

Wise has said DKC2 falls in his "experimental Paris phase," and there's definitely something about Stickerbrush that makes us picture the regal City of Light overrun with sticky, itchy, scratchy brambles. The mood is right in between somber and inspirational, as if it's calling us to action but we're too caught up in thought to comply. Of course, in-game it's just background music for a barrel obstacle course.



Above you'll find the "illegal" remix of Stickerbrush from Team Genius, which incorporates some salty lyrics about how they like to play. If you'd prefer something much more elaborate (like say, the entire game's soundtrack), definitely check out OverClocked ReMix's "Serious Monkey Business" remix album - complete with a remix from David Wise himself!

The best part? It's completely free, so you have next to no excuse for sitting this one out.

 


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13 comments

  • Tenfey - April 28, 2010 11 p.m.

    I find the "Bramble Blast" music so relaxing.
  • skyguy343 - March 24, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Oh right, Brett's doing it. Nevermind then, I was wrong.
  • grappler51 - March 19, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    I love this piece, its so relaxing... But why does it repeat so many times?
  • Erwin - March 19, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    The Illegal Donkey Kong Remix is actually by Another Robot Sunset: http://www.myspace.com/anotherrobotsunset Team Genius is responsible for the excellent video for the song, used as the "season finale" to the internet series Boy Friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIed0kUh57w
  • elpurplemonkey - March 19, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I have to completely disagree with the guys who think this could detract from GR in anyway. It's not just another article, it is a great way to revisit/introduce some spectacular vg music. Keep up the good work Brett.
  • philipshaw - March 18, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    This had to be a Brett article. Awesome song and I downloaded the album on your advice Brett and I'm loving it
  • Clickshark - March 18, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    Love to see that OCRemix is still putting out great stuff.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - March 18, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    Writing one game music article a day is no sweat considering I've been amassing a collection since third grade. Look at it as a chance to catch some interesting tunes you'd otherwise miss. As for the multiple posts a day, there's still a "normal" feature every day, plus these smaller posts to make the site move along throughout the afternoon. No more sitting around waiting for the homepage to change once a day. Personally I love it. But I share your sentiment - the features are our strength, and we definitely know won't stop them.
  • thephntm - March 18, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    This is a great song, but they ruined it in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Wriggly - March 17, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    @skyguy343 As douche-y as that was, it's true.
  • CH3BURASHKA - March 17, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Is this a recurring segment now? Haven't seen any before, but I'm excited all get-out, seeing as how I love TR for their music choices and overall knowledge of the game music history.
  • skyguy343 - March 17, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Okay, this is enough GR. Please, please settle down for a second. A music of the day article? You're going to crank one out everyday? I'm not saying that you couldn't, it's just that having a daily article takes focus off of the weekly ones that are fantastic. The improved flow of articles is great but try not to let the quality of your articles slip below par. I <3 you GR
  • axis56 - March 17, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    absolutely adore david wise's trilogy of soundtracks for this trilogy of fine platformers.

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