ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Grand Dreams (A Hero's Legacy)'
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This is our second ReMix from Starblaze since his initial, impressive debut with September's Xenogears piece. This is a longer, more developed, and definitely more reticent and understated arrangement that gets a little more dramatic towards its conclusion. Some interesting chord work, good samples including solo piano, competent mixing, and the timpani, brass, church bell and cymbals at the conclusion are all strong elements. Judges were divided, but this piece was initially submitted at an unnecessarily high bitrate, which accounted for at least some of the confusion and hence delay. Regardless of bitrate, some felt it was a little underdeveloped - particularly the ending - and perhaps too simple. I can see where it could have been extended maybe thirty seconds longer for one or two more ideas, but personally I hesitate to suggest that brevity is too much of a problem, as it's more often the opposite issue that comes up. As for simplicity - it's definitely a bit slow, but I thought some of the chord work and nesting was rather interesting and unexpected, so that was enough for me. In the end, this boiled down to my making the tiebreaking decision, and I think because of the interesting arrangement and above-average sound quality it's a good addition. I'd like to see Evan combine some of the excitement and energy of his first mix with the more developed ideas of his second and come up with a killer combination of both, but we'll have to wait and see. Good stuff.
This track saw separate writeups from two different authors on my blog, the first with a literary perspective, the second with a literal.
- OutSpoken on July 5, 2011
- Lucentas on June 25, 2009
Decent background music, but doesn't really engage me that much.
- OA on March 21, 2009
- Ryu2Wolf on January 6, 2009
- eric22222 on May 10, 2008
- Blarnay on January 9, 2008
there's only oneflaw--it's waay to short. you should repeat the theme a second time and put a teensy part of a different theme in the background then softly drag it on to make it almost four minutes.
im not sure if that made sense ^^;
- GreyMage on November 16, 2007
- strudelman on June 20, 2005
- Graeme Shaw on August 19, 2004
if you developed the ending a little more, this one would be unbeatable. still, its pure greatness.
link would be proud, as this song pays absolute homage to the hero of time.
- Cano on October 10, 2003
- Legionnaire on August 17, 2003
- Ferret on April 26, 2003
- chumble spuzz on November 27, 2002
On the other hand, I also feel that there's something missing. While the song rises slightly into the traditional Zelda theme, it never reaches a conclusive climax that I think would help it out immensely. Leave the understated opening of the theme, and the recap of it with the percussion, but instead of ending the song there, have the whole orchestra swell to life to give a more victorious and definitive finale. Leaving the song where it is now feels more like it gave up and went home instead of actually digging up a hero.
The opening to Link's Awakening on the Game Boy is a good example of a quiet song that kicks into the Zelda theme. It's a little too abrupt to apply for the nice, slow build of this song, but something to point at about where I think it should eventually end up.
- Kitsune on November 24, 2002
- Carbon Dog on November 15, 2002