ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'The Sad Fish'
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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.
A very under-appreciated mix.
- Liontamer on December 2, 2011
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.
- OA on June 11, 2008
- LongeBane on March 4, 2008
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.
- Miku on June 24, 2007
- LupusCanis on September 3, 2005
- Baruch, Vampire Lord on August 29, 2005
NeoDestiny wrote: 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.
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.
- bladiator on August 18, 2005
- NeoDestiny on July 31, 2005
- BlueEnvy on July 4, 2005
MaGi_TekK wrote: 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.
- bladiator on July 1, 2005
- MaGi_TekK on July 1, 2005
This Remix is very pleasant for the imagination. I have found some interesting things here, bumping my capacity for the letters. Nice work!
- Txai on July 1, 2005
- progressive on June 29, 2005
All in all a nice listen.
Thumbs up, Nixdorux :)
- RimFrost the Tourianist on June 29, 2005
- Sil on June 29, 2005