ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 'Tattered Slippers'

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

OverClocked... WiiMix? Shariq brings us our first ReMix from Nintendo's latest console, from none other than Twilight Princess. DarkeSword gives us some narrative context:

"There is an old Grimm's fairy tale called The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, about twelve princesses who would secretly cross over to another world every night to dance with twelve princes. In the morning, the king would discover that all of his daughters' slippers were tattered and worn. A hero eventually shows up and saves the day, as heroes are wont do to, but that's besides the point. This is a waltz arrangement of Midna's Desperation from The Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess, called Tattered Slippers. It's about a princess who crosses over to another world to dance with a hero."

Though I'm the proud owner of a Wii, I confess to not investing time yet in TP; I don't need to be sold that it's a fantastic game, I just haven't had the type of free time I'd want to be able to commit to enjoying it without massive interruptions. Definitely looking forward to it, though... things intro here with harp, gradually joined by strings of varying articulations - pizzicato, legato, tremolo - a bell timbre, and a wind lead. Interesting chord progression; very mysterious, deliberate, and serious. The 3/4 time and military snare pattern work well to achieve a dancing, swaying feel, then things pick up with a shift to what feels more like 6/8. This is only Shariq's second Zelda mix, a follow-up to his 2003 Wind Waker ReMix, but he handles the series' tone and material quite adeptly, incorporating Zelda's theme nicely into the arrangement's more upbeat, major-key conclusion. Mr. Sword's recently had a career change of sorts and apparently has better hours, a little less stress, and more free time. If it means more mixes like this, that's fantastic, but even if it doesn't, I'm glad things are working out for him. This is an excellent first Zelda:TP mix AND first Wii mix, proving that whether it's retro-gen, last-gen, or next-gen, a DarkeSword mix by any other generation would sound as great.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
jordanrooben
on 2011-07-20 21:58:08
The production, and musical nuances in this song are great. I love the feel, similar to other DS remixes. My only gripe, is the fact that this version, doesn't have the same sadness as the original. The ending with Zelda's lullaby takes the mood further away from the original as well. I'm not saying it doesn't sound good, I just can't stand the change in feeling. Guess that's just how much I love the original. Great remix though.
UnveiledOsiris
on 2010-07-06 23:36:30
DarkeSword, you never fail to amaze me with your work :-P
This song has a very nice atmosphere about it. Keep up the good work
immortalalchemist
on 2010-06-14 02:21:14
holy, Midna's Lament is honestly one of my favourite songs from Zelda: Twilight princess. When i first heard it, it gave me goosebumps and nearly made me tear.
This Remix brought me back to the first time I heard it. The goosebumps just popped right back up, and tears. I loved the feel and emotion that came from the horns at 1:58 followed by the main melody.
And the ending, adding in zelda's theme. That was a nice little add in to the end, considering what happened at the end of the task of saving midna in the game, throwing that it at the ending I found just tied the whole piece together.
This version absolutely moved me and it will be the first song on this site that i will download, and comment on.
Good job with this one.
estaples
on 2010-03-18 10:16:38
...in my humble opinion. This is just amazing. I've commented on it at Last.fm, but never here. One talented, talented dude.
OA
on 2009-12-22 15:37:23
pretty decent stuff, It did have some moments that were stretched out a bit, but overall i felt the piece moved towards a specific goal. Cool concept for the mix title as well, I love when mixers think of cool ideas for titles.
Not DS's best, but still a very capable mix.
42
on 2009-03-20 21:14:34
...so wonderfully hypnotic. I just hope there's no subliminal messages here. :<
I like this mix a lot. Imo, this > original. i.e. this is pretty much what the original should have been.
It's also wonderfully atmospheric; it falls right in line with Zelda motifs, a sense of loss and destiny, mournfulness, longing, purposefull.
Very good and worth downloading.
yes, master...
a_d
on 2008-12-09 00:27:40
i this piece didn't particularly stand out to me. But when I started waking up to it on one of my OCR CDs, I started to love it. Very well done. Perhaps the OST should've used an orchestral version like this instead of the mainly piano solo it does use
Zeriga
on 2008-06-11 07:53:05
Songs often have an emotional effect, especially in my case. I find the mood that this song brought me was amazing, though my headset kinda ruins it with the major pain it's doing to my ears because it's too tight. *Joke* Anyway, I noticed a flute like sound in it. I personally love flutes in songs, and the piano (Or what I believe is a piano) is wonderful. Everything tied together.It brought such peace to my heart and soul, I could have just fallen into a wonderful sleep listening to it. Great work! Not to mention it has that sense of adventure which most Zelda fans love! 10/10!
Koizo
on 2008-04-25 13:30:33
Azul v2;327740 wrote: Of course I love it, I just wish there were more Twilight Princess mixes, because it was an awesome soundtrack (particuarlly the music after you kill a boss. hint hint).


Ditto. I remember walking around the boss room after I've defeated him instead of picking up the piece of the Fused Shadow, just to listen to the song.

Also good job on the remix! My fav TLP remix so far! :nicework:
Azul v2
on 2007-10-08 02:41:24
Of course I love it, I just wish there were more Twilight Princess mixes, because it was an awesome soundtrack (particuarlly the music after you kill a boss. hint hint).
SynthesizedStampede
on 2007-08-08 00:04:58
DarkeSword has just proven with this mix that it IS possible to make good songs from recent games even better. For me, it's just raised the bar in my mind because I had previously thought songs from recent games already sounded TOO good to be re-arranged.
Tattered Slippers, in short, is a wonderful and magnificent piece of work. I originally had never imagined Midna's Desperation to ever be played on something other than a piano (due to the original), but man, this mood of song just totally works out the instruments chosen.
Favorite part though? At around 1:57 where the mood takes a drastic change and man. Just plain awesome from there on. Good stuff man, recommended download for all.
sadron
on 2007-08-01 19:57:10
I don't care what these guys say. I like it a lot. Keep up the good work :3
Villainelle
on 2007-07-16 12:33:27
Agreed with Passive Pretentiousness; this mix meanders. At first I thought it was spinning out a GrayLightning-esque reverie that would resolve, bit by bit, into an epic yet ethereal sense of serenity, harmony, and all those other Enya descriptors. Unfortunately I don't feel this mix goes anywhere, just glides around prettily but aimlessly. Thin Crust said, "Sets a mood, but doesn't do much else," and I agree. Perplexing, as I've heard much better from DS.
MrBond
on 2007-07-05 22:41:08
Oh, no no no...I'm not complaining! I like it quite a bit.
No point other than simple observation. :-)
DarkeSword
on 2007-07-05 16:43:05
MrBond;290811 wrote: I can definitely hear instrumentation from DarkeSword's previous work, especially his [U]Grandia II -- A Deus ex Harpa (Second Seal Mix)[/U] and [U]Metroid Prime 2: Echoes -- Torvus Clockwork[/U] mixes.

Aaaand....what's your point? A lot of artists tend to have certain sounds that they like to use. :-|