Wintermute brings us a short but intriguing and original take on the Zelda 64 lullaby theme. Beginning with deceptive low octave piano and mellow percussion, drums get heavier around 0'30", with the familiar melody comin' round 0'50" with a very thick, gritty saw wave underneath. Reminds me of the semi-industrial fashion a similar saw wave is used in No Doubt's 'Hella Good' - after that, things sort of go into a brief drum jam, with a delayed synth, then piano motif based on the original melody. Conclusion fades out on some tasty radio-interference type synth fx intervals. This apparently represents Wintermute's new style of 'electronica/piano/orchestral', which seems to serve him well, for however indicative a pilot this constitutes. The source material is just the simple, brief melody, and this gets high marks for, though brief as well, taking that melody in some interesting directions with an odd hodge-podge of sounds. Judges were very split on this, with some feeling it left the listener empty or sounded a little too edgy or abrasive. The tiebreaking vote, however, singled out some creative drum programming as being enough to push it over the edge, which I'd agree with. Not for everyone, this has a unique sound to it that doesn't perhaps offer the same auditory satisfaction and closure something mixed more traditionally might, but does represent a very different, interpretive take on a well-known theme. You'll have to make the call yourself, but it'll certainly be interesting to see how the ReMixer hones this style and applies it to future works.
on 2012-09-24 16:48:46
This song is Great! Love the almost apocolyptic theme you have going, the stray beeps and percussion bringing in that heart pumping feeling. A noteable part to me is when the drums seem to get on a broken record track, adding more of that broken-down machinery bit. I only wish it wa s longer, and that it faded out slower.
on 2010-05-20 17:30:36
The first thing that comes to mind when I listen to this is Linkin Park.
Heh, same with me! This and CrystallineCaverns are the two most Linkin Park-y sounding remixes on OCRemix. And that's what I like about them.
on 2009-11-27 14:43:00
Some interesting sound choices, some of which i think are great, and others that I really wasn't feeling, mainly due to mixing. :/
I thought the percussion was very good, and I really enjoyed the feel of the patterns, but the velocities are crazy static in just about every instrument, making it feel a bit weaker than it should have. I think a bit more development would have been really nice as well, because there were a lot of places this could have gone.
Mixing was a mixed bag, with the melody a bit buried (and a not-awesome synth used for it) and muddy overtones throughout, but the sounds overall gelled pretty well.
I'm being nitpicky about this one because there really is a lot to like, but the execution fell a little short. I wish I could hear some more recent tracks by WinterMute, because there is a distinct ear for good stuff at work here. Still worth a listen, i'd say.
on 2009-03-30 16:03:17
Always been a favorite of mine, just a great feel and chord progression. If I had to be picky though, I'd say that the repeating piano chords towards the end were a little cheesy, along with the fadeout ending. I definitely agree that it could've used some extra length/development. Still, what's there is excellent.
on 2009-01-20 19:13:22
Some things should be electronic, and other things shouldn't.
This mix belongs in the latter category.
on 2005-12-03 06:41:56
I'm working on something new... we'll see how it goes.
on 2005-10-03 10:50:30
This has to be one of the best remixes I have heard on the site, I love how the song starts out in a calm dark manner, and just explodes into an amazing rendition of Zelda's Lullabuy. It's amazing how you took such a simple theme, and turned it into this, it puts it into a completely different perspective, I think that this song is the defintion of what a good remix should be.
Please Make More!
on 2005-10-02 23:17:46
I would have to agree with the majority that it was really really well done at the beginning and it should have been longer a tad. I also really liked the piano melodies throughout the song.
I don't know if this is off-topic but what remixing software did you use?
on 2005-06-23 04:21:17
I'm going against popular opinion it seems, but I kinda liked the end. After :52 it picked up with some bad static sampling, but I thought it was pretty good overall otherwise.
on 2005-06-22 20:53:27
I've never played Ocarina of Time.
Wow. I don't think I've ever met anyone gamer like that. But, I guess that makes the compliments you gave even better. I hear an awesome song and an intense feeling of nostalgia that adds to the awesomness. You just get the former. So any praise from you counts for extra!
As for the actual song, aural bliss definently describes it.
on 2005-06-22 20:42:09
Wow... eerie at first, then starts to get a little too electronic, but still good. It is amazing in it's own way, but different than I imagine the theme when I first hear it. really good, though! 8/10
on 2004-02-02 06:02:40
Cool! I really like this ReMix. The piano is indeed deceptive... Very hard, and quite dark, especially considering the original... and very, very good.
on 2003-04-25 00:06:58
A little on the short side, but I really dig this. I wish this was longer. Really cool drumwork. I'm glad this somehow made it to OC. It deserves to be here. The judges are getting frighteningly conservative. Great work on the leads too. I look forward to your next mix.
on 2003-04-23 19:34:46
I really liked this one, it's very different from most Zelda ReMixes. The first thing that comes to mind when I listen to this is Linkin Park. Yes, Linkin Park. This mix is done in a style that would match their "Breaking The Habbit" very well. Seeing as how that song is just plain beautiful, that's a compliment in my eyes.
Great job! I hope to see more of this offbeat electronic mixing style in the future.
on 2003-04-22 19:54:12
Zelda is the man
No, she isn't.
Anyway, I like this mix a lot; it does some very interesting things, and does them well. I'm pretty sure it will be ending up in my playlist.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Zelda's Theme"
- Time > Duration: Short
- 2,253,213 bytes
- Size: 2,253,213 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 3e3aa81dcef521656364698b5b70e74c
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