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Gerudo Beatbox

Once more, a change of plans. While I tried to decide what to do with the next entry of 10 Years in a Nutshell, I found this gem in one of the project folders. So I grabbed the opportunity and finished what I started years ago.

In general, I think it’s a good idea to mix things up a bit, so I’ll try to spread out the Nutshell mixes (there will at least be up to 10 after all) a bit more evenly, with normal uploads in between. Might as well spread out the anniversary throughout the year, right?

Gerudo Beatbox is actually an updated version of Into the Desert, a mix featuring Gerudo Valley, Kotake & Koume and Requiem of Spirit. So, how exactly is this version better? Well, it might not be! But it contains a lot more Ganondorf (like, Smash Bros. Ganondorf grunts) and different sounds to make everything sound a liiiittle better – in my opinion at least…

Well, shall we take a listen?

Gerudo Beatbox (55 downloads)

Let’s not forget the YouTube video:

While my schedule isn’t the most reliable anymore, I plan to finish 2018 in a Nutshell next, after that…well, let’s just say April is just around the corner 😉

2019 in a Nutshell

This year we celebrate 10 years of DJ the S – and thus 10 years of music. And we do so with music (huge surprise, I know!), namely medleys featuring songs that appeared in each year. I call this project: 10 Years in a Nutshell!

The actual starting point is actually a bit vague. I remember making baby steps with remixing somewhere in the summer of 2009. The first video on my channel that survived the time is from the end of 2009, so we start counting with 2010 as a reference date.

So the basic idea is that each song of the project is a medley featuring a selection of songs from a specific year. We start with 2019 and end with 2010, so we can say: As we move forward, we go back (I always wanted to say that).

Today we’re starting off with 2019 in a Nutshell. This medley features:

  • Fate Administrator
  • A Formidable Foe Emerges
  • Wolfen Mercenaries 2019
  • High Quality 2
  • Dededelicious
  • Coconut Tower
  • Night of the Vampire
  • Shadow Ridley (from Clad in Shadow Vol. 2)

I’ve been wondering a lot how to feature these songs in a medley, for some I’m using the same sounds as in the original mix, for some I try some other things. There’s a lot of difficulties making such medley, regarding tempo, style, scale and transitions, so I’ll have to try to find songs that work well together, while still trying to feature as many cool tunes as possible. It’s always going to be a bit of a compromise I think.

For this one, Wolfen Mercenaries might be the odd one out, but all in all I think I got the transitions down well enough. Let’s hear it:

2019 in a Nutshell (103 downloads)

As usual, there’s a video too:

And that’s one down. I’m not sure if I can stick to the 2 week schedule during this project – I’ll try, but bear with me if a few of them take a week longer than usual.

This project is basically a big celebration, so make yourselves comfortable and enjoy – we’ll finish this eventually ; )

Crossing the Dark Road 2020

I’m finally back and as announced, we start 2020 with a remake of one of my most popular songs: Crossing the Dark Road 2020.

I don’t know how or when the popularity of that song exploded, but for a good while now I regularly get some non-English comments mentioning “zeta”. A quick Google search couldn’t really give me any lead on that, so if anyone can shed some light on that (in English preferably), it would be greatly appreciated.

Either way, the song was originally a remix of Bowser’s Road, the remake adds Bowser’s Theme from Super Mario 64 to the mix. What I didn’t expect: the song really didn’t seem to have as much potential for improvement as I was hoping for. It seems to have aged rather well, so the only thing I could do was changing around the mixing and a few instruments a bit. Unsure if it’s actually an improvement though, but judge for yourself:

Crossing the Dark Road 2020 (114 downloads)

Can’t say the video is anything to write home about either, but here it is:

Next up is this year’s special project, which should be rather interesting. But you’ll hear more about that next time!