ktriton somewhat playfully writes:
"So the other day I got a call from Ganon saying that he'd need a fresh and spicy new theme for the annual tennis match against Link. I came up with this. I don't know if it's what he wanted, but at least I got a hundred rupees and a piece of a heart container out of it."
Who knew the G-man was so considerate about providing sports fans with tasty new musical selections? Roger Federer gets down with his funky self and Sharapova does the Sakura booty dance from SFA2 as Kunal lays out some mean latin jazz. There's a great, live feel to everything, and instruments are very believably panned and processed - the amount of distinct space created by the particular use of verbs is worth noting. For some reason, none of the judges seemed to comment on the amount of hiss present in the recording - while it does again contribute to the immediacy and tone of a live performance, I'd have preferred a tad bit of noise reduction, particularly on the intro and outro, where it's most noticeable. However, the arrangement is more than fluid and lively enough, peppered with solos and a plethora of percussion, to compensate. It's only worth noting because, on good headphones, the very last sound you'll hear will be a bit of noise. Weighed against the luxurious solo piano at 2'10" ALONE, however, it's picayune. This piece's got exactly the type of smooth, confident, liquid arrangement I associate with latin jazz, and I think the real selling point is that it doesn't for a second sound like ktriton is a tourist; whether it's true or not, it sounds like he knows the terrain well - the rights twists and turns to take, where to buy cheap beer, and how unsafe the water is to drink, etc. Brandon picks out his highlights:
"Love it. From the classic piano breaks at 1:04 and 3:14, to the subtle accent of the claves and cowbell from 1:36-2:00, this bubbles over with jazzy Afro-Cuban flare. The drums and bass are rock-solid, especially the bass-work from 3:03-3:13. To nit-pick, I would say though that the global reverb strikes me as a little excessive. I think some of this mix seems to lose a bit of presence as a result (e.g. piano at 0:27, brass at 3:17). In this newest version, the sax does fit quite nicely with the rest of the elements and is skillfully sequenced IMO.
Excellent work all around. Congratulations on crafting such a creatively arranged, enjoyable mix."
The ReMixer earned his hundred rupees, I'd say, and while I don't think athletes would take kindly to this being played *during* the match, it'd made a great lead-off track for the afterparty. Tasty, authentic stuff from ktriton - it's a rough genre to take on with synthetic instruments, but he meets the challenge head-on with both admirable production and delicious sequencing.
on 2009-12-28 01:19:23
I'll admit that I have no idea what Latin jazz has to do with tennis, but I ain't complainin'
This is just a really fun piece with a mischevious streak in it. It's fairly lighthearted yet with a darker feel underlying this. During some parts, especially during the intro, I just want to sing along "Jeepers creepers..."
Texturally, there's a fair amount going on and it has a very nice experimental and live performance feel. This is definitely a must have for any jazz, Zelda, or any good music fan.
on 2009-03-23 12:25:29
When I first saw the track title, It made me think of some sortof Mario Tennis but featuring the Zelda Characters. Maybe Overhead Smash Brothers?
Really fun with lots o percussion, it was interesting to hear all the drums in a distinct room sound. I'm just so used to hearing drums right up in my grill, ya know?
The sax sound is a little synthy for my taste, but it's very well treated, and sounds very natural, if that makes sense. Plenty of attention to velocity and modulation.
Overall a great party track, I'd feel more inclined to mingle with this playing.
on 2007-12-11 06:02:06
Fun track, well done!
on 2007-10-03 17:22:25
Oh man this came up on the roulette and I was like "oh hey I remember this song being pretty cool" and onto my mp3 player it went. It came up in the middle of class and I was all dance dance happy times and stuff! Seriously sexy percussion there. Sax is fake-ish, but it does NOT detract from the piece as a whole.
on 2006-04-18 14:44:34
I'm sorry, ktriton, I'm not a fan of your work. I'm just not impressed with the composition. I do like this one better than the Wild Arms piece; the drums are groovin', it's a good length and not as weird in the dynamics.
on 2006-01-15 23:54:56
Haha, imagine if there's a boss fight with this music, that would be nothing short of amazing, though strange, but anyway, I love this, it should really be played at a sports tournament, it fits so well! Love that sax and the percussion, so very groovy. Keep it coming!
on 2005-11-12 22:35:02
Kay + Triton.
on 2005-11-08 14:35:40
This took me a while to ease into, but once I did ... smooth sailing, my friend. This would have been even better if played live by a band, but that's a minor gripe. The arrangement of the source tune makes me think this would fit perfectly into an episode of Get Smart or something along those lines. Awesome work ktriton, even if I can't pronounce your name.
on 2005-11-01 23:12:45
Awsome remix i love the Latin jazz feel very cool! again this is awsome!!!!!! keep up the good work!
When light fades to dark a hero will rise!
on 2005-10-31 23:10:19
on 2005-10-31 23:03:45
Hey KirbySSB, it's from a track called "Phantom Ganon" which, as explained in the writeup, is kind of transcendent theme going all the way back to Zelda 3. It's the theme that comes on every time you have to use your sword to reflect Ganon's energy blasts back at him (hence the title, "Hyrule Wimbledon").
Hope that clears things up!
on 2005-10-31 22:53:25
Where in Wind Waker was this?
on 2005-10-31 20:46:03
The beginning sounds a little like the Lost Village song in Julius Mode from Castlevania DoS, which, in turn, sounds like Thriller. Very neat.
on 2005-10-31 18:26:19
Amazing... any remix of Wind Waker is immeadiatly and brutally amazaing...
on 2005-10-31 16:58:19
One day ktriton will take over the world.
Yes. And I will turn France into a gigantic, croissant-themed amusement park.
Anyway, thanks for the great comments everybody! This is such a ridiculous mix, but it was muy fun to make
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, 2003, GCN)
Music by Hajime Wakai, Kenta Nagata, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
- "Phantom Ganon"
- Jazz, Latin
- Piano, Saxophone
- 5,194,275 bytes
- Size: 5,194,275 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 77b96e072733ff3b2718155836066fd3
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