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Listen To Banjo-Kazooie Composer's New Tracks

Sega enlisted former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope for its upcoming remake of the Genesis classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Kirkhope is best known for his work on GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. The composer pays homage to Castle of Illusion's wonderful 16-bit soundtrack while infusing it with his personal flair and a distinctly Disney sound. Sega sent us a sample of Kirkhope's new tracks from the Enchanted Forest stage to share with eager listeners.

The first stage of Castle of Illusion is a whimsical, enchanted forest that starts off as a gleeful trek. The bright colors and breezy platforming is accompanied by a happy-go-lucky melody that sticks closely to the original. Kirkhope ratchets up the Disney flavor with fleshed out strings, brass, and flutes that sound like they're straight from one of Mickey's cartoons.

After the first stage the Enchanted Forest turns spooky, with ghosts and bats flying through the night sky. Kirkhope sets the mood with a spooky track that sounds like it comes straight out of Gruntilda's castle in Banjo-Kazooie. The '50s sci-fi-esque theremin section is a great touch.

Kirkhope's new boss theme is one the remake's most drastic departure from the original soundtrack. This driving, intense battle music picks up in intensity as Mickey deals damage to the Enchanted Forest's tree boss. This versuib plays when the evil flora is really pissed off.

 Fans of the original 16-bit soundtrack are also in luck, because the old tunes can be swapped in place of the remastered tracks from the start. For a taste of how the original tracks mesh with the new visuals, check out our Test Chamber episode of Castle of Illusion.

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  • The beginning one sounds nice.

  • The new tracks are pretty good, but I have a feeling that I'm just going to always have the original soundtrack on. I love it when a game has this option, like in Pokemon HG/SS, because the smiles never stop! :)
  • Anything Grant Kirkhope does sounds amazing. Here's to hoping that maybe one day Nintendo can get the rights to Banjo-Kazooie back, and give us a proper Banjo-Threeie. (Hey, one can dream.)
  • awesome- if I didn't know any better I'd say this music was from Banjo Kazooie- love it! Kirkhope's signature march rhythm is in full effect here. Wish Banjo Kazooie 3 could be a reality someday- but only with Kirkhope doing music!!

  • I'm so pumped they got him for Hat-in-Time! His stuff is truly amazing.

  • am not going to lie....I read banjo-kazooie and was like

    OMG!!!!! yes!!!!  my hopes and dreams were crushed before they even began :(

  • Good to see Grant is still churning out those classic little songs.

  • Banjo Threeie and Starfox Adventures!

  • The tracks may be new but.. whack.. nostalgia.

  • As a fan of the original, if that means anything, I love these new tracks. Perfect!

  • Neat.  I loved DuckTales Remastered so I'm really looking forward to this one, too.  Those games were really good, it turns out.  Not just nostalgia!

  • Why do Mickey Mouse games always have the best music?

    Grump on, Grant Kirkhope.

  • I can tell he composed the Banjo kazooie games

  • This all sounds just like Banjo-Kazooie music to me. Which is a compliment to BK's soundtrack, considering it drew a lot of influence from classic Disney tunes anyway - the fact that Mr.Kirkhope could execute on them with the N64's notoriously garbage MIDI chip is astounding.

    It sounds super and perfectly appropriate to the Disney action in Castle of Illusion. It was really an inspired decision by Sega to contract Kirkhope to do this.
  • Absolutely loved these tracks!

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