ReMix: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 'Temple Trance'

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

bLiNd made his OCR debut recently with a Chrono Trigger ReMix that I really dug a lot - great drums and perfect DSP. He follows-up here with an impressive Zelda 2 that, while it doesn't have some of the character that his initial offering had, establishes a solid trance groove reminiscent of something FFMusic Dj might do. Solid 4/4 beat with a few good roll builds, deep + moving bass, and robotic, reverberating trance synths round out the arsenal, with various FX and mucho filtering. When the drum pattern broke at 1'00" away from the four-on-the-floor thing and added a snare I was happy, as often this genre's drum tracks become monotonous - bLiNd thankfully avoids that pitfall by throwing in enough breaks to get some variety goin'. Also really liked the rapid-fire arpeggios at 1'32". Might go on a bit long for some, but then again it is trance, and the core ingredients all make for some good cookin'. Good, well-planned ending as well. Zelda and good electronica go better together than chocolate and peanut butter or Kahlua and Coke (you'll just have to take my word on that one), and bLiNd's concoction is no exception, fully covering the material. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 17:10:58
I remember downloading this back when the Temple theme had become all the rage because of its use in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It's interesting to listen to the mix so many years later. bLiNd shows two distinct styles. The classic trance four-on-the-floor, as well as the systematically mixed groove-type sections. This mix has more to it than the title alludes.
Marmiduke
on 2010-07-04 04:09:33
Hard to believe that even this far back, bLiNd was making tracks of this quality. It's also hard to belive bLiNd was ever a noob at mixing. The more you know.
I see this as a clear stepping stone to the successes of bLiNd's later work. Everything done here plays out extremely well; there's a heavy focus on pacing and arrangement over just plain driving beats, there's also some nice variation and a distinct improvement over his first mix.
These points would all be magnified and used better in the future, of course. But I think this mix deserves the recognition for laying a lot of the groundwork.
It's the first of many top-tier mixes.
yosefu
on 2009-12-15 01:56:50
I'm not familiar with the original tune but this is pretty cool but not my favourite from bLiNd's other work. Overall i enjoyed it, so thats cool in my book.
Nutritious
on 2009-12-15 01:12:12
Was bLiNd ever NOT good at music? This piece is pretty old, but it's still super catchy and fun to listen to. Jordan effortlessly weaves original melodies and material into his staple Trance genre - but without it ever feeling forced or awkward. No small feat. Great change-ups in the drums and sections to give the mix plenty of variety. He has improved a ton since this mix, but that doesn't detract from how good even his old stuff is.
avaris
on 2009-12-02 12:11:04
Some really cool composition ideas and originality in this mix. This one's got soul, and no matter how dated some of the production might seem in comparison to blind's current work this will still remain an enjoyable piece of music. :)
Yoshiboy
on 2009-12-02 08:43:18
I really love The Legend of Zelda series. And putting the temple theme from Zelda 2 into a trance is cool!
OA
on 2009-11-27 12:01:46
Not quite the level of ridiculousness of bLiNd's more recent work, but still very solid, this takes a great theme and cranks it way up. Nice effects, good transitions and breakdowns, and a whole lotta drive, I definitely dig this track. Excellent work, dude. :-D
unixgeek42
on 2009-08-15 21:12:59
I stumbled across this about a year and a half ago and since then, it has managed to keep a number 3 spot in my top 25 most played on my iPod. It is the perfect mix of the energy of trance and the eerie pain-staking memories of Zelda 2. I've yet to see a song on ocremix to match it. I'd love to hear more along these lines!
rig1015
on 2009-05-18 23:20:57
I eat, drink, and play Zelda games more than people should. I've loved Trance since 1996 when in was only underground. I had to hear this!
I had high hopes and they were not let down. The way the source was used on the synth's was lovely. And I loved the bass kick drop outs and pop backs, those allowed for smack drops of the beat and bLiNd did a good job of hitting us with those.
I felt that the transitions from one feeling or bit of music into another shifted like an old truck but it was not that bad.
I really enjoyed it. And now have it in the playlist.
Polo
on 2009-05-13 02:44:16
Temple Trance makes me picture Link zooming his way through a multitude of false walls, mirrors, and alternate dimensional portals in one of the palaces. He's fleeing Wizrobes, Moas (those flying eyeballs), an Ironknuckle statue that looked at him funny, and other spooky enemies while being haunted and taunted by images of the helplessly sleeping Zelda. The source's feeling of "you can run but you can't hide" is seriously ramped up here.
The DSP/modulation in just the first several seconds is a mesmerizing hook. It's the first of many instances of a synth given a gradual volume tweak, which in my mind plays the part of a distance marker that approaches and recedes on Link's warped-out journey. At 4:30, he comes to realize he can't for the life of him find his way back, and so he fades into oblivion.
Progressive and dreamscapish.
AeroZ
on 2008-11-26 09:30:38
Yeah, can't agree more.
I grew up with this one :)
Listened to it for a long time until I realized that there was a homepage called ocremix.org :D
Mr Azar
on 2008-11-24 23:49:06
Still played, still great.
Malaki-LEGEND.sys
on 2006-10-08 16:23:27
UNTS UNTS UNTS UNTS...
I think this was one of the very first remixes I downloaded from OC Remixes, so it already holds a good place in me.
Now that being said, rave. now. go.
Rekklis
on 2006-10-03 16:51:38
I listen to this a lot, especially when I am playing SSBM. This is by far the best Remix I've EVER heard.
lady zelda
on 2006-01-15 16:33:57
This is definitely material for the next Smash Bros! I'm not generally into trances and rave stuff cuz I find they are a bit repetitive, but I definitely beg to differ with this one. It offers enough motifs/variations (whatever the word) for a main tune, and that's what keeps its appeal throughout. Awesome, bLiNd!