Super Smash Bros. Brawl – “Donkey Kong” (Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka)June 21, 2010
For Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008), Hip Tanaka produced what might be the ultimate Donkey Kong arcade mix: using two decades’ worth of honed composition and DJ mixing skills that can be seen as far back as Metroid (1986), Tanaka revisits his first major composition, the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game with a mix of old and new sounds. He seamlessly mixes, distorts, mangles, and remixes both music and sfx with modern synth lines and guitars to create a piece that sounds like a deteriorated but still functioning rom looks. All that was old is Hip again. While there is no distinct melody, Tanaka manages to string each section of the song together through tone and beat, ensuring the piece remains whole.
Before composing the “Donkey Kong” mix, Tanaka had been keeping low-key. While it was thought that Mr. Tanaka was gone from music for good after becoming president of Creatures, Inc, he was only hiding, producing in 2003 “Saffron ’97” for the EXTRA concert (2007) and most recently mixing it up with Kyoto star DJ, Baiyon (Pixeljunk Eden).