ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Hyrule Party Mix'
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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.
- Super_Sonic_Maniac on April 20, 2011
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. :)
- Skinner3D on February 17, 2011
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.
- TheCorty on October 1, 2010
I'll definitely be studying this one, really pro work.
- OA on January 22, 2010
- meboeck on August 12, 2009
- Calebyte on July 17, 2009
where did you go? :|
- Platonist on March 8, 2009
- Mr Azar on January 7, 2009
- PassivePretentiousness on June 17, 2007
- The Derrit on March 18, 2007
Anyways, Great job, musta taken a while to make eh.
- HoboKa on January 12, 2007
- adam2 on January 10, 2007
- nitroXpress on December 25, 2006
Truly wonderful. And the key change is real dynamite for the fade out. No probs there.
- xtp183 on December 20, 2006
The piano part is wonderful, too. Makes me want to chill to Ridge Racer Type 4 again. Digging the drums from 2:38 on, too.
After Knuckleduster, this is the second incredibly catchy tune to come to OCR in a short time. Wonderful song.
- Martin Penwald on December 17, 2006