ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Pachelbel's Ganon'
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Before I wrote a single nanosecond of this mix, I knew ahead of time it was gonna rub some people the wrong way. It takes two themes from Zelda 64 - the title and the Ocarina of Time / Zelda's Lullaby themes and completely decimates the original chord progression and alters the melody considerably too. I don't know. I still feel like if someone else submitted this, I could spot both themes a mile away. But for purists and those expecting something fairly close to the original, you've been warned - don't even waste your time :)
There - now that my fairly clear + direct disclaimer is outta the way, we can proceed. This ReMix answers the age-old question: what would happen if you combined two themes from Zelda 64, totally reworked them into a sort of hip-hop / pop composite, added in Pachelbel's Canon in the background, and used warm (slightly distorted) electric piano, cello, clean electric guitar, classical guitar, and a tempo-delayed calliope lead as your weapons of choice. Actually, that's probably not an age-old question. Actually, it's probably not even a week old, and I'm probably the only one who's ever asked it, and perhaps I'm the only who enjoys the potential answer I've created. Actually, this took more than a week because I've worked on it in 20-30 minute sessions due to time constraints. It's certainly pretty zany, I can tell you that. Boils down to me wanting to hear Zelda's Lullaby as a chorus rather than a solo with some backup. As a technical sidenote, this piece uses FruityLoops 3.55 as a VSTi, controlled from Cubase SX, which was also driving my Motif for the drums and electric piano. The title theme is really just used as the first half of a modified phrase for the verse, and the classical guitar solo is a further variation on that. The tempo delay was really key, as it becomes part of the melody and not just an effect. To the loose interpreters of the world - hope you enjoy :)
Oh yeah, sorry bout the name - none of Ganon's music was used, it just fit with 'Pachelbel' - sue me.
- Anti/elytS on July 21, 2012
This mix, is amazing. Zelda's Lullaby is so beautifully intertwined and dat-chord-progression is fkn gorgeous.. It tugs at my heartstrings, it's downright emotional. I guess I had a similar reaction upon hearing that Rose of May ReMix by katethegreat19, just beautiful. gargle bargle, I'm listening to it now and I'm getting goosebumps .. djpretzel knows his stuff.
- DrumJ8 on July 4, 2012
- SubNormal J3 on March 20, 2011
The two themes blend seamlessly and swirl together to create an intoxicating audio experience. Each time I listen to it, I hear things about it I hadn't caught before. Even after hundreds of listens, I still find an immense amount of gratification and wonder from this one song. After only about 9 or 10 months, it has become my top played song in itunes and I've listened to it even more in my car on cd. The total has come now to 364. The next most played song comes in at 276, and coincidentally it's one of yours; The Koan of Drums.
The only gripe I have at all is that on the sections where the bass drum restarts its beat, it's a bit overpowering through headphones. But really, it's so minor I only notice it when I'm paying attention.
I am a huge fan of your work, if it hasn't already been obvious and I always look forward to any works you may post.
- Oar on September 5, 2010
The idea to mix these tracks all together is pretty cool, and the execution is strong as well, I really like the guitar sample too. From the looks of things, this resonates with a lot of people too, so nice work. :-)
- OA on September 2, 2010
I have to say that the chord progression you're using here is something I find myself actually favoring OVER the original. Exquisite work, a beautifully reflective piece that is wildly different from its roots without losing sight of them. Gorgeous, reflective, and soothing.
....and I was wondering if you would give me permission to play this song as a background piece for a drawing it inspired (emotionally, since it has nothing to do with zelda)? The picture is on deviantART, and it really needs this song to accompany it to evoke the proper mood. I've compromised by linking to the song itself (on the OC ReMix Youtube vid) and encouraging people to play it while viewing, but it would make me the happiest person on earth if you would grant me permission to embed the song. dA is a stickler for formalities when it comes to copyrighted material.
Anyway, even if you decline, I cannot thank you enough for sharing this amazing arrangement, and for the inspiration it's given me.
- JereduLevenin on August 4, 2010
- Something Else on May 19, 2010
- MaxxAndrew on September 29, 2009
The intro reminds me of something and
Anyway, I love this mix.
It so mellow, dreamy, hazy, foggy.
It's sort of like that edge of consciousness when you start to wake up from dreaming, and you can't tell what's reality and what's dream. Especially the echoing Zelda's Lullaby as the chorus, that was slick.
- 42 on February 6, 2009
- Calebyte on January 31, 2009
I think this is definitely one of the songs I can look up to and honestly try and dissect the meaning of the word "REMIX".
Wonderful job. This is something I would pay money to sit in a cafe and order expensive coffee while I listened in a euphoric state! :sleepdepriv:
- The Scar in the Twilight on December 12, 2008
- glasfen on September 29, 2008
Woffester;3741 wrote: Correct me if I'm wrong, but guys can have orgasms too.
anyways, AMAZING SONG. MAKE more like this, seriously. one of my faves.
- goombapatrol on September 26, 2008
- MechaFone on December 4, 2007
- Rascaduanok on November 13, 2007