ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Hyrule Party Mix'

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Here's something else to be thankful for: it's been three years since NoppZ submitted anything, but he's back in style, and he's only gotten better with the time he's spent working on largely hip-hop projects. You can hear that influence come through on this great Zelda 64 ReMix a bit, though there's also a distinct jazz inflection to round out the overall house/dance motif. What I love most about this piece is how Filip has taken these themes and altered them significantly, both melodically and rhythmically, so that they flow into one another as sections of a single song, rather than a medley. This is exactly what I've tried to do on more than a couple mixes of my own, including Pachelbel, which covers one of the same themes, as I prefer the higher level of integration over a more traditional medley approach. So yeah, I'm a bit biased towards this methodology, perhaps, but I think even those with a more purist mindset will be able to readily identify the songs Mr. Thimren's repurposed. BGC wrote:

"I'm really digging this. I really love it when a remix totally catches you off guard with it's fresh and innovative style, and this mix does just that. And by fresh and innovative, I mean to that particular OST. I really didn't have a problem hearing the source, even before reading Larry's breakdown. It's there. This isn't typical stuff you'd expect to hear from any LoZ game, but it's really great regardless. This may not be Brian Transeau, but it's funkaliscious and it's got me tapping my feet and what not."

I personally think it's damn fun, but at the same time rather crafty in the rhythmic inversions and melodic transmogrifications it pulls off; zircon didn't have any issues with the late-breaking key change, but I have to say that that'd be my biggest beef. It's not a deal-breaker by any means, but I can't emphasize enough how dangerous I think key changes of this nature are, how many times they've made otherwise respectable pop songs somewhat embarrassing, etc., and I wouldn't count this as a sterling exception. Regardless, it's towards the end, after the magic's already been cast, and things fade away soon after. In spite of a potentially problematic ending, this mix marks a fantastic return to form and function by NoppZ, who was a major ReMixing force-to-be-reckoned-with in 2002 and early 2003, and who ably proves he still cuts the mustard, and has only gotten better in the interim. Here's hoping there's more where this came from - enjoy.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2014-05-03 10:04:01
That heavy beat that drives most of the ReMix has a smooth yet energetic vibe to it and I how you were able to arrange the Lost Woods and Windmill hut in the way you did, where it sounded speed up, but still had the melody intact and matched the pace of the rest of the ReMix. Took me a second to catch it, but after that brief second, I got it and dug it.
Super_Sonic_Maniac
on 2011-04-20 04:05:54
The heavy bass snare bass-bass snare is just like Feel Good, Inc. Not a very fun beat to actually play, but sounds great in songs like this!
Skinner3D
on 2011-02-17 15:55:28
So I played the preview of this one to refresh my memory for this post, and couldn't bring my self to cut the song short. I just sat here and listened to it. :)

Really well done. My room feels way more open and full of wind when this song plays. The Derrit was totally accurate in saying that a non gaming person who had never heard the source, would really enjoy this piece.

Wonderful work. :)
TheCorty
on 2010-10-01 13:35:30
Ah. I had to listen to it a second time to hear it properly. The sounds may take a bit for the ear to get used to, so if you hated it at first like I did...well you know.
Anyway, it's a nice contemporary piece. I respect that it doesn't have to rely on anything unfamiliar to be unpredictable, yet it's still catchy and even in mood.
OA
on 2010-01-22 18:36:39
Wow, this is inspiring stuff. I wish the beat wasn't as static, but everything else about this mix was a big woah moment for me. O_o
I'll definitely be studying this one, really pro work.
meboeck
on 2009-08-12 14:53:03
This is a style I wouldn't have expected to like, but you pulled me right in. I love how you played with the various rhythms but kept it smooth the whole time. And I have to mention the key change at the end. So often key changes feel forced, but this fit perfectly into the piece as a whole. I could listen to this on repeat for a long time.
Calebyte
on 2009-07-17 19:00:38
I hadn't listened to this one much until I stumbled over it today. Wow. I've really been enjoying it. It's peppy, happy, and unexpected. I like it a lot.
Platonist
on 2009-03-08 08:29:37
sweet and simple.. i've always liked this one :-P
where did you go? :|
Mr Azar
on 2009-01-07 23:07:19
Reminds me of porno, but in a good way :-D.
PassivePretentiousness
on 2007-06-17 17:14:55
After listening to this more and more over the past few months, I now think this is one of the best arrangements on the site. The way each of the source tunes is tied together is absolutely brilliant, and something I probably could never imagine working until I heard. Seriously, nice work.
The Derrit
on 2007-03-18 15:03:02
I think the reason i like this mix so much is that on two different levels it delivers. For one, its a straight up good song, and even without the references to zelda it makes for a great tune. Then, with the zelda riffs, it gets even better because you're enjoying how awesome of a OCmix this is. Its the kind of song you could play to a non gaming friend and they'd like it anyways, unlike some of the stuff here which is more gamers-only. Great stuff!
HoboKa
on 2007-01-12 02:52:47
That tis some great beats and whatnot u got going on there. Lol as dorky as it sounds, I'd play it in my car, bass amplified. Hell I do that with alot of my OC songs. Amazing how many ppl turn to look at me; some in awe, others in vanity.
Anyways, Great job, musta taken a while to make eh.
adam2
on 2007-01-10 08:30:40
Tip top Noppz :) Keep up the great work
nitroXpress
on 2006-12-25 16:18:23
I think I nearly cried when I heard this. Excellent.
xtp183
on 2006-12-20 19:56:32
Mad props for Noppz for creating such an exotic blend of aroma..
Truly wonderful. And the key change is real dynamite for the fade out. No probs there.