ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'Braving Tal Tal Heights'
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Disco Dan-the-Man Cabrera continues his polygamous deviation from Mega Man arrangements, most recently indulged in last December, to give us some Zelda: Link's Awakening techno-with-a-twist, featuring hyperactive, quantized banjo riffage, a soaring violin lead, and good variety all around. Just don't tell Mega Man he's being slept around on, I don't think he could take it. While Dan's fidelity in terms of near-monogamous series loyalty might be in decline (a good thing, by my way of thinking), the fidelity of his mixes is high as ever. We've had to wait more than half a year since his prophetically titled 'Green Amnesia' CT ReMix (Dan likes to climb things, fall off them, and then temporarily forget everything, in that order) for him to return, but this Zelda mix should please many. It's definitely not your cookie-cutter electronica mix; though it does take the original and give it a good danceable makeover, this piece also does some weird juxtapositions, like the afforementioned banjos, an almost zydeco shuffling snare riff towards the end, and violin and piano serving as primary lead instruments overtop a VERY layered background. Nice use of delay to fill things out, and the rhythm track deserves a nod too for some tight, multi-layer grooves and well-placed fills. Though I believe quantizing a banjo part is against the law in at least ten of the contiguous 48 states here in the US, Dan makes it work by blending it in with underlying analog synth patterns and the heavy-downbeat drums. The lead violin is extremely well-handled - it's a great patch, well-mixed, and the articulation and dynamics make it dip, dive, and fly over top the arrangement in a very liberated, expressive fashion. I still think it would have been funny if the mix had been titled "Braving Tal Tal Bachman"; for some reason I find that inexplicably amusing to no end. Feel free to depart in your own reaction :) Great way to do a good techno rendition of a theme then shake things up with imagination, creativity, iconoclastic instrumentation, and good production and mastering as well. Recommended.
- mstie3k on March 22, 2013
I've heard a lot mixes, and quite frankly....THAT INTRO... nothing comes close to that on the epic scale and overall sound quality, between the suspended cymbal kick-off, the reverbing piano, and the parallel 6ths of whatever-that-sample-is. I nearly wet my pants every time I hear it.
- Haste2 on October 13, 2012
Though there is a lot of mileage drawn out of that banjo chord progression arpeggio, I think the song works pretty well.
- OA on September 1, 2010
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on July 21, 2009
Plus it sounds cool.
- Lucentas on December 6, 2008
- Mr Azar on November 20, 2008
- Rockitout234 on August 19, 2008
Someone previously mentioned that the strings remind them of Bond, and I also am reminded of the stringed vixens.
Two thumbs up on this one!
EDIT: so much so that I made the first musical phrase of the melody my ringtone
- LuckyXIII on March 9, 2008
(almost 9, for making me ruin a drawing with my tears, but they were priceless :mrgreen:)
- Eawyne on March 10, 2007
- KogeJoe on January 31, 2007
Great job, Disco Dan :D
[sign me up with Chickenwarlord and Myst 1278, by the way; I'd stop playing just to listen to this song as well!]
- IceCold on August 15, 2006
- Felix the Cat on July 11, 2006
I used to do precisely the same thing.
Anyways, this is not Disco Dan's best work, but still a good job. Be warned, trance-haters, this mix ends with a repetitive deconstruction, which is the only thing that really takes away from this track.
The synths could be better chosen and the ending a little more varied, but its worth a listen.
- Chickenwarlord on July 11, 2006
A fantastic song.
- Myst1278 on July 6, 2006
Link's Awakening was one of the greatest Zelda games, due to it's increidbly fitting, and superb tracks. This was one of my favorites. My friend introduced this track to me, and I thank him for it.
This track could be loved by anybody, Zelda lover or not. It's upbeat feeling makes me want to get up and dance, and it has nearly infinite replay value. Disco Dan is a musical genius, and his remixes prove it.
The violin is the perfect volume, and steals the melody perfectly. It elevates itself above all other parts with brilliant dominance and just makes want to [b]MOVE[/b] The piano at the beginning and the end blend with the music nicely, as it starts off the slow crescendo. All put together and it creates a beautiful mountainous clash that makes me all giddy. Nice job, I want to talk with Disco Dan himself, does anybody know some of his contact details?
- Samus27 on December 15, 2005