ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Falling Back'
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"This is a lyrical remix of Gerudo Valley. I made it for RPGamer.com's Splendid Performance competition, round 4. I know the judges haven't been fans of my lyrical remixes in the past, but I believe my vocal work has improved at least somewhat since my last vocal submission, so hopefully I'll either get acceptance or some new, helpful comments."
This does represent an improvement over the last mix Michael sent our way that had vocals, and while it lacks the clarity and pitch control of Hale-Bopp's 'Summertime' or jdproject's 'Ken Song,' those mixes set a pretty high benchmark for vocals in the genre. Michael also gets vocabulary bonus points for managing to write a rock lyric that incorporates the word 'ardency' - and in the chorus, no less. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if that's the type of word I'd use in a rock song, but there's still vernacular cajones involved in doing so. This is Gerudo, which becomes readily apparent at 0'26" after a nice, edgy electric guitar intro. The chorus really works well in the chosen genre - it's already addictive as hell, but Darangen's power guitar anthematic treatment ensures that it'll be reverberating around in your head even longer. Instrumentally, it's what you'd expect from Mike, and the highlight for me was (surprise) the rockin' wah-wah solo at 2'45" - great addition. Vocally, I think the ReMixer sounds better when he's singing on top of a heavier bed of guitar and drums than he does in the more exposed passages. When the first verse entered, I was a little shaky (especially the "all" in "all that we've been through"), but as things progressed, they improved. Gray and Jesse both hated the intro, citing the production primarily, but it didn't rub me the wrong way. Of course, I like the White Stripes, so what the hell do I know? Quoth Oji-wan Kenobi:
"Mike's vocals are my main gripe, as they sound thin and a bit beginnerish. With more practice, but more importantly time, Mike's voice will continue to be stronger. Plus, on multiple listens, the delivery style sits a lot a better in the track. I could have gone for some richer harmonies, but the harmonization here sounded pretty nice. I liked the tone when the chorus's hit, and the lyrics were really catchy. A lot of people are gonna be singing 'em.
I thought the track could have sounded sharper, but I loved the arrangement here and the production was alright. The "Gerudo Valley" theme was skillfully woven with original material that pieced together very naturally. Great rock conversion with some genuine (even if unintended) pop overtones."
Pretty much. I can certainly appreciate the challenges of doing vocal mixes when one is not a singer by nature, and this represents marked improvement in my book, and the panel's as well. Furthermore, it's Darangen, and it's Gerudo, and this should be enough for more than a lot of you, so embrace your inner ardency and check it out.
Here's Darangen's acoustic version to those who are interested. Great stuff:
- SwordBreaker on October 31, 2012
Unununium;888881 wrote: The image I get is of someone who has something very important to say and it matters to him so much that it overcomes any fear of criticism, he just belts out his joyful noise because he knows it is right.After thinking about it a bit more, I realized that there's a word for this: ardency. :shock:
- Unununium on October 30, 2012
- Unununium on October 28, 2012
Others may have issue with the vocals but for me they elevate it from simply catchy rock to the kind of ReMix alongside Sixto,Willrock and Disco Dan that I would happily play for non-VGM fans to show them the power of VGM.
I also would be in favour of a return to this mix for a Remaster of sorts with the skills you have learnt since the original was accepted.
- RPQ on March 18, 2012
I admit I would LOVE to see it updated, but it's such an awesome song that I've been able to look past the amateur singing- I've heard worse from actual bands, so props!
- Sarinilli on February 6, 2012
- Darangen on February 1, 2012
If you're reading this, Darangen, I meant this in the most positive way possible!
- rahmoon on January 31, 2012
- champ the hippie on August 25, 2011
- MechaFone on December 7, 2010
- Crulex on December 7, 2010
Lyrics and arrangement are great, and the guitars are strong as always. Good stuff. :-)
- OA on September 2, 2010
Don't get me wrong: it's not that they are completely unlistenable or anything, but it does detract a little from the overall performance. On the other hand, singing is an extremely tricky skill, especially for the untrained, so props to the mixer for having the guts to do it anyway. And everyone that takes some serious interest in singing at some point faces technical issues, it's normal.
But now to the (more numerous) good points: the lyrics are fine, the vocal melody is catchy, and the song DOES rock, so no big deal.
I hope the mixer didn't just give up his vocal training along the way, because by now he should be doing quite fine.
- Holy Land on September 1, 2010
- DJ Uni Mekaju on August 5, 2010
However, the idea behind this mix is fabulous, despite what I thought a Gerudo Valley + lyrics mix would sound like. If the vocals were powerful, this would be one hell of a song. Congrats, and I would suggest re-recording the vocals since its been 5 years. You could make this song even better. Keep up the good work!
- theeggman85 on May 21, 2010
Guitar Intro = Pure Awesomeness.
A lot of people have criticized the vocals here, but I think they're fine and perfectly suited for this mix.
I've never claimed to have a musically trained ear, but it's evident that he had a lot of fun while making this, which I feel makes up for any critiques of style.
I will admit that the ending is lacking in closure though; it just sort of dribbles off...
Still, you definitely should be listening to this. Don't let it slip by.
- 42 on December 1, 2009