ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "The Sad Fish"

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

First off, Mr. Nazgul has joined our team of diligent forum moderators, Mr. Lightning recently ended up victorious in a chess tourny on our forums - which makes me feel good because I've actually beaten him once or twice... out of twenty games ;) - and for the programmers amongst you, Eclipse 3.1 finally went final (it's what I now use for any OC ReMix coding in PHP). It's also worth mentioning that I've finally decided to set up my own personal site at www.djpretzel.com, complete with (gasp) blog, some original tunes, etc. - while only tangentially related to OCR, and still a work in progress, some of you might find it amusing. Last but not least, if you're not familiar with Audioscrobbler, you might be interested - it's a personal service that keeps track of what you listen to (you can control this as you see fit) and builds a profile around that, and there's an OC ReMix Audioscrobbler group already set up.

Moving on, Nixdorux sends us some orchestral coverage from Link's portable outings, and yes, there's a bassoon solo, so baby jesus is happy. There's also a good deal of exploration, a variety of instruments, and while the tone is rather somber for the first two and a half minutes, things take an unexpected turn and mutate from melodramatic orchestral to... orchestral jazz? Sure, why not. For some reason I can't put my finger on specifically, this seemed a little Bernsteinish, at least in its resolution/juxtaposition. Could be nothing. At any rate, this certainly isn't filmtastic, bombastic orchestral of the Williamsian variety - it's more the subtle, Silvestri school if you had to pin it to the film world at all. There's a good deal of solo work, percussion is used sparingly, dynamics vary but are overall sedate, etc. Israfel described the arrangement as a bit schizo, which sounds right - the transition is certainly dramatic, going from minor to major key and then tossing in a genre infusion as well. Waleed says:

"the move into a jazz interpretation was key. reminds me a lot of al dimeola's work on World Sinfonia. very nice i approve.

all in all, a good piece and while it goes a lot into french impressionist tones through stretches of it (sounds a bit schiz like michael said), i still think it goes to show a solid understanding of musicality"

I agree in particular with the notion of musicality - it's a bit vague, but for me at least it means that Nicolas has a great foundation and knowledge of how to piece something together and have it work without relying on too many vices or easy outs, and also has a consistently expressive nature to his material. Whether the piece works for you is going to rely to some extent on whether you're feeling the transition. To me, it's a novel concept, risky, and while another path may ultimately have led to a more cohesive overall arrangement, the tradeoff is a unique and memorable blending. It certainly helps that the source material is gorgeous + some of Kondo's best stuff, but the ReMixer doesn't rest on that, and in fact almost deliberately avoids too much gratuitous coverage of the "money" bits. Good stuff from Ferranti, who's got his own sound and style going, which seem to proceed and evolve on their own vector, paying minimal dues to convention and taking some interesting - and musical - risks.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Liontamer
on 2011-12-02 00:35:41

I poop on these debbie downer reviews. There were no major flaws here, so all that "*YAWWWWWWN*" nonsense needs to GO. The structure's very purposeful, regardless of whether a lazy listener doesn't see the bigger picture of the arrangement. And as I noted in my vote way back, DAYUM what a finish. Great changeup to pick things up and end the piece strongly.

A very under-appreciated mix.

OA
on 2008-06-11 16:32:22

I was a bit wary at the beginning, as the sequencing of the flute seemed a bit shaky for the first few notes. The oboe response was in the same vein, but it was executed much better, and when the horn and strings came in, I was able to rest easy.

This is a very delicate rendition of a fantastic theme, and though there are a parts I'm left wondering what the intent was (the ultrashrill piccolos at 2:25 for one), the end result is very emotive and lyrical up to the second section. The transition was a bit forced-sounding, but the section itself was fantastic, with a piano joining in with some snare to add some rhythmic interest. I thought that the second section could have been expanded on quite a bit, but it works as-is, though it would certainly feel more cohesive if both styles received equal treatment.

LongeBane
on 2008-03-04 23:14:18

This was ok until 3/4, then it gets chaotic. And I remember hearing an awkward trill

Miku
on 2007-06-24 22:31:44

Beautiful. Parts of it remind me of the ambience of the World of Warcraft OST (particularly ~2 - 3m).

My main and mostly only problem with it is at 1:21-25, the first 5 notes of the B section (c# b f# f# g) I would have liked that melody to at least have been.. well.. present. Preferrably with strong, prominent strings. It's kind of anti-climactic the way it builds up and then just replaces the first notes of the melody with a chord basically..

Otherwise, very very well done.

LupusCanis
on 2005-09-03 14:10:01

Pretty good, most of it wasn't that great, but there were a couple of really good bits (such as the oft mentioned jazzy bit) to make up for it. The ending was decent, I guess but you should've held the drumroll for longer.

Baruch - Vampire Lord
on 2005-08-29 15:05:42

I say I agree with most of the people above. The jazz section should have been longer or a completely separate piece. Doing both would be the best bit. Other than that, a very good piece. One of my favorite game melodies, and you have done it justice. 9/10.

bladiator
on 2005-08-18 12:27:03
Maybe it's just me, but I absolutely LOVED the section around 2:57 where it broke out into a sort of orchestral jazzy movement and I think the remixer should have carried this mix on for at LEAST another minute and a half to capitalize on this more, seeing as how it was the main "remixed" part of this song.

~NeoDestiny

That's my favorite part as well. It reminds me a LOT of the "Thomas Crown Affair" soundtrack (the remake with Brosnan and Russo). Very piano-centric melody with upbeat strings hits in the back. Very cool. I just wish it could have been kept happy a while longer there, cause as soon as the mood darkens again, it loses the panache that it gave me to begin with.

NeoDestiny
on 2005-07-31 23:51:45

Maybe it's just me, but I absolutely LOVED the section around 2:57 where it broke out into a sort of orchestral jazzy movement and I think the remixer should have carried this mix on for at LEAST another minute and a half to capitalize on this more, seeing as how it was the main "remixed" part of this song.

~NeoDestiny

BlueEnvy
on 2005-07-04 20:14:47

The first half of this did nothing for me. Melody+Chords+Harp for the most part. I'm not saying the combination is bad, but with the wind fish melody and the chords you chose was rather boring. 1:34 to 1:35 with the horns was nice. The jazzy section was better, but didn't last very long. Overall quite nice clean balancing of instruments, however sometimes slightly muddled. Strings have some weird attack issues as well at some points. As for realistic? No, but only a very small amount of orchestral remixes have sounded close to like a real orchestra. The ending would've been a lot more climatic if the forte piano notes were held longer before the last timpani hits.

bladiator
on 2005-07-01 17:41:24
Odd, I'm a big fan of all of your other works. But I can sum up my review of this one in one word: *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN*

I have to agree. I love some of your other works (Ghost being a big one .. I think that's the name). This one takes the theme, runs around it and through it just fine, but it really didn't catch my attention very much. Still a show of talent in this one, nevertheless.

MaGi_TekK
on 2005-07-01 17:26:08

Odd, I'm a big fan of all of your other works. But I can sum up my review of this one in one word: *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN*

Txai
on 2005-07-01 10:42:36

Hmmm...more mixes of this artist are really enjoyed. An awesome combination of quality did cool things on the technical composition. Interesting flute, played with a sweet melody. And instruments on the transition are doing a life of music. The arrangement reminds me of peaceful forests with people of a curious imagination. Clouds are coming from the sky and friends have found books about music. Learn music, do music, be music!

This Remix is very pleasant for the imagination. I have found some interesting things here, bumping my capacity for the letters. Nice work!

progressive
on 2005-06-29 23:51:16

You were about to rival Russell Cox until about 3/4 of the way through. I appreciate originality as much as the next guy, but switching gears in the middle of a piece to display it doesn't exactly help the experience. Nice classical, nice jazz, but even better apart.

RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2005-06-29 22:31:50

Starts out soft, and slowly builds some tension. A few quite dissonant parts in the middle, and a nice powerful (but far too short) ending.

All in all a nice listen.

Thumbs up, Nixdorux :)

Sil
on 2005-06-29 15:11:24

There are lots of parts that are very nice, but even more parts that could have used some careful attention. For example, there's inconsistency in the harmonic flow of the piece where at times the harmony is chromatic and full of surprises, but at other times very stagnant, usually around the transitions from section to section. There are also numerous occasions where I thought I heard several "wrong notes" or things that did not fit the tonal makeup of the piece. It could have stranded to be longer to draw out the ideas more, however, it shows potential more than anything, as well as a developing sense of style.