Posted 2005-02-22, evaluated by djpretzel
Blad originally submitted a version of this lovely arrangement from Link's Awakening he'd put together which had essentially the same piano part but an accompaniment that wasn't quite as polished. In all honesty, it was still an excellent mix, but it had aspects that could clearly be directly addressed and result in substantive improvements. Karl's got a great touch on the ivories, but it's made all the better when the auxiliary instrumentation doesn't diminish and only adds to his playing. And thus a collab was born, with judge GrayLightning stepping in on an assist with the backing instrumentation, polishing in some instances and elaborating in others, but leaving the heart of Bladiator's original concept intact. Things intro with chimes but stick to a clear, resonant solo piano with deep pizzicato bass until around 0'37", when upper register strings also enter and a delicate oboe solo dances around in a call-and-answer with the piano on the main melodic motif. Tremolo on the strings gives a more tense, suspenseful feel than if straight legato had been employed, and dynamics are fluid throughout; ensemble strings get fleshed out when the volume surges, and articulations change, plus there's flute and bell additions. The original countermelodies and harmonies add so much to the piece, and the whole thing rather gushes with expression; it has the feel, if not the dated production, of some of the soundtracks to dramas from the 70's, which would tend to use piano more and go for unbridled melodic outpourings, with a tad less restraint than modern scores. It certainly works well with the source material, in this instance, with Karl's piano taking center stage but Gray's accoutrements playing significant roles themselves. As noted, this was a relatively strong piece to begin with, made all the stronger via a collaboration that let each mixer contribute his particular strengths. Beautiful, and sweetly juxtaposed against the just-posted death metal mix from Dennis, showing that good things can come in decidedly contrasting packages. Looking forward to future works from either artist involved, of course, but I'd also love to see future collaborations, if this piece is any indication.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
- "Ballad of the Wind Fish"
- Orchestral, Piano, Woodwinds
- Origin > Collaboration
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