ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Secret Seashells" 3:55

By Miku

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Posted 2003-12-14, evaluated by the judges panel


If Link got a powdered pompadour wig and suddenly the whole land of Hyrule went baroque and harpsichord-crazy, this arrangement might be what you'd hear playing, instead of wistful ocarina shizzits. Newcomer Kimchi gives us a fanciful, prim and proper string and harpsichord Zelda arrangement with numerous tempo changes, respectable if not immaculate sample quality, and a knack for taking the original and, using a plethora of string articulations and a believably played harpsichord as well, transmogrifying it fully to the genre. A couple judges felt the sample quality, being exposed and, on the solo violin, having some attack/release qualities that clearly mark it as synthetic, was prohibitive, but most felt as I do that it wasn't a big enough issue to stop this mature, pleasant arrangement from succeeding on musical levels. The very last note on the violin is a little loud, regardless of the samples, but the tempo flow throughout is excellent - this aspect I found particularly impressive; very subtle and natural. This actually reminds me of a piece of background music from the score to seminal seasonal classic A Christmas Story (required viewing for all), and has as mentioned a very positive, dainty, well-constructed feel to it. Good stuff, great first ReMix from Kimchi.

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isturbo1984
on 2016-03-28 09:09:38

Decent sounding. Mult-song or multi-title mixes like this one that host more than a few songs are usually bigger, more elaborate pieces however. This one was pretty simple, with just a few seconds second or two of Zelda's theme and Aryll's theme thrown in... I didn't really see the point. Could have just been a Mabe village mix and focus on just that. But nothing wrong with the style of the song itself. For what it is worth, this seems to be the only song that incorporates Aryll's Theme from TWW as far as I can tell.

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Ezuri
on 2013-06-13 14:11:11

Very smooth and calming piece. I especially like the transitions from one track to another. Definitely a little diamond on this site :)

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Miku
on 2013-03-11 19:35:49
Completely ignore what the last dude because this song is friggin awesome i downloaded it a day or two ago and can't stop playing it because if i do i'll start thinking about and have to go play it truelly one of my all time favorites especially the riff at 1:40.

Heh, I added that riff mainly to lessen the chances of the judges saying "NO NEW MATERIAL; I GIVE IT A NO", but yeah.. it did turn out to be a pretty decent riff didn't it? EDIT: Nvm, I assumed you were talking about the melody that first appears @ about 0:58 . I suppose the word you were looking for (for 1:40) might be "jam" or something similar. xD

Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed it! =)

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Miku
on 2013-03-11 19:31:31

Hey, all! The maker of this remix is here once again to say thank you so much for all of your comments (including the criticisms about the phoniness of the samples: it's quite true).

And thanks for helping me get them to label the correct tunes used too! I was wondering if it'd ever happen. =D

And to Noir, zomg, that's awesome. I'd love to perform it with you some time live! Hehe.

Very much obliged, everyone. =)

- Michael "Miku" Martel

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Mr. Noir
on 2011-12-11 13:26:42
the strings were pretty weaksauce, but the harpsichord sounds fantastic, and it even has a very proper playing style. I think if this had live violin, it'd be one of the site standouts, but as is, it's merely a very good arrangement held back by some subpar samples.

If you enjoyed the game, you'll really love it, and even as someone who is merely familiar with the melody, I came away with a smile.

I'm learning this for violin.

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Mr. Noir
on 2011-12-11 13:25:47

Can someone please fix the songs list for this remix? It isn't House by the Bay or Tal Tal Heights!

It's Mabe Village (because it's faster) and Outset Island! (Or Aryll's theme, but it seems to slow) There's something else there too but I have no idea what it is.

And the remixer themselves have stated this and it still hasn't been fixed after all this time....:banghead:

It's such a good remix too. It's no wonder why I can't find some mixes on the site.

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Bacon Boy
on 2010-11-09 12:01:11

Love this remix. Been listening to it a thousand times (which, of course, is a slight exaggeration). Something I keep hearing is a bit of Outset Island snuck into the remix a couple of times. I love it.

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hrvstmn31
on 2010-10-16 05:06:46

Completely ignore what the last dude because this song is friggin awesome i downloaded it a day or two ago and can't stop playing it because if i do i'll start thinking about and have to go play it truelly one of my all time favorites especially the riff at 1:40.

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OA
on 2010-04-22 12:35:48

the strings were pretty weaksauce, but the harpsichord sounds fantastic, and it even has a very proper playing style. I think if this had live violin, it'd be one of the site standouts, but as is, it's merely a very good arrangement held back by some subpar samples.

If you enjoyed the game, you'll really love it, and even as someone who is merely familiar with the melody, I came away with a smile.

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WillRock
on 2009-12-02 13:14:55

OMG NOSTALGIA ATTACK.

Seriously, if you have links awakening, you will LOVE THIS.

Lots of personalization, love the style as well, well mixed, and the baroque section is fucking awesome :D

My only complaint is that it outstays its welcome a little, goes on a little bit too long, but i'm sure that some won't have this problem.

Highly recommended, essential if you have the game. Awesome work

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Marmiduke
on 2009-10-25 03:10:37

This mix has been with me quite a while. Back when I was just nuts for Zelda, I listened to this a lot (as well as a couple other mixes), so there's almost a tattoo of it in my neurological pathways. Brings me back to my time in school, and to a time when I really wasn't into music much at all. In a way, you could say this was one of the bridging tools I used to learn a greater appreciation for music.

So even though my opinion of this is that I now think it sounds quite robotic and not as full as it should be, I'm really not going to hold that against it. I enjoy this as an excellent assortment of melodies presented by an obviously faux chamber orchestra, and I don't know whether it would have ingrained itself on me half as well if the instruments weren't as harsh or direct as they are. That's a good thing, in my book.

I don't want to say that this mix only appeals to me because I was once naive enough not to hear its flaws. On the contrary, I think this has the perfect middleground of not sounding too fake or too real, so that it creates a hybrid that is strangely superior to anything I imagine in its place. That alone doesn't make the mix, of course. It's the arrangement that justifies the instrumentation. Stellar conversion of the old Gameboy tune and weaving other tunes in makes it a real trip through the Zelda generations.

There's plenty to appreciate here and plenty to complain about if you hate synthetic instruments badly pretending to sound like real ones. Regardless, I'm still a fan after all the years and all the listens.

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Miku
on 2007-06-24 22:16:34

I wonder why the supposed source tunes are listed as being House by the Bay and Tal Tal Mountain... neither of which are involved.

If whoever was responsible for that cares to know, it's Mabe Village. Duh. xP

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KogeJoe
on 2007-01-31 08:08:36

I started wondering WHY this remixer decided to speed up the melody, give it to a violin, and add a baroque backrgound...

Then I heard why... the Windwaker cameo was not a bad idea, but a bit too... well... predictable. Got a little old after a while. I wanted to hear more original interpretations... but oh well....

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The Phantom Pianist
on 2006-06-19 15:17:06

Very Bach. I usually don't like Baroque-style music (it's hard to play on the piano!), but this is awesome. Keep up the great work!

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maestermatt
on 2005-07-16 13:07:04

this song reminds me of a cheerful xmas scene in a movie.

Sources Arranged (4 Songs, 3 Games)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
Songs:
"Mabe Village"
"When Link First Wakes"
Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
Songs:
"Zelda's Theme"
Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, 2003, GCN)
Music by Hajime Wakai, Kenta Nagata, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
Songs:
"Aryll's Theme"

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Duration:
3:55

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