ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 'Of Twilight and Redemption'

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Zombies Rocked My NeighborsThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

So, OUS really came through this Halloween, as our other Hallomix is ALSO from the third Bad Dudes EP, "Zombies Rocked My Neighbors" (nice title) - zyko writes:

"you know how i feel about the zelda. this is another labor of love in time for halloween. my halloween series was intended to be a trilogy (Of Darkness and Legend, Of Transformants and Brevity, Of Futility and Hope) but i could not resist breaking the system. a slightly different (and i believe inmproved) version than the EP"

This is a REALLY cool piece; definitely one of my favorites from Mr. Hawatky. In addition to his token intricate and varied guitar work, there's spooky whispering, growling, rain and other ambient FX, but most notably some vocalizing and middle eastern instrumentation that reminds me of Cirque Du Soleil and some of the material from the more recent Prince of Persia OSTs - the percussion in particular has a grace and naturalness to it that flows beautifully and would have been far less effective had it been strictly quantized and repetitive. I looked up at Winamp (5.5 Bento skin... nice) and was simply floored that this mix was over seven minutes long, because it seemed like half that - not in the sense that it's not a substantive, expansive piece that well utilizes its extended runtime, but rather in that it all flows together so naturally that time just seems to slip by. It's disturbing and suspenseful at times, and thus appropriate for Halloween, but I also found parts where it felt like taking shelter from a storm - peaceful (if ephemeral) solace and contemplation. There's a mixture of moods and tones here that are captured very vividly, and I think this stands as one of the mixer's best pieces to date. It doesn't hurt that it's from such a popular series/title - Zelda fans or anyone looking to be completely transported to another environment by a piece of music should definitely check it out.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
champ the hippie
on 2012-01-10 11:43:11
dear me. while there are no words for what i've just heard, i'll certainly give it a try. this mix is simply astounding, and pretty darn near perfect. each and every element i heard seemed to suit the mood and environment you create perfectly. i was unsure of how midna's lament would translate into guitar, but the translation was flawless. well done indeed
WesternZypher
on 2010-12-25 18:09:14
As others have said, atmospheric, transporting, portentous...I find it all a little creepy to listen to in the dark. **turns the lights** That's better.
_heartilly_
on 2009-06-06 13:29:06
This is an amazing mix! I'm fairly new to the site so I haven't heard much of zyko's other pieces, but he's definately somone I'm gonna look into more.

The mix itself really captures the essence of the Midna and the Twilight Realm and zyko's done an amazing job here. I felt all the different sounds worked really well together and the male vocals were perfect. One thing though? I loved the first growl at the end of track that only lasted a second, but I felt the longer repeated growl that came like, 10 seconds later was a little flat? But that is a small issue. Overall, a brilliant remix from a great game!
ashogo
on 2009-03-18 06:12:08
wow, this mix is amazing. Heavy on the atmosphere and just really transporting-this is what I love. The man's vocals in particular really fit the tone of the piece.
This is the kind of track I can just put on repeat and listen to for hours; thanks for the great mix!
z130
on 2008-12-17 08:55:58
Yep. I definitely feel the Cirque du Soleil vibe in here. Great piece. I think I actually listened to it earlier this year, but due to my short attention span, I only skimmed it and decided it was weird. Oops.:tomatoface:
Antipode
on 2008-04-03 15:23:32
I just remembered this and relistened and it was still really really cool!
I was also hit by a really strong starcraft vibe (the Zerg play music) for like the first third that I didn't notice before. I always love it when people mash up totally different styles, so this is great stuff!
The3rdMan
on 2008-03-10 19:41:32
Yeah, definitely Mike Oldfieldesque. Tubular Bells a la Zelda.
sythiar
on 2008-01-31 09:10:50
I believe what I like most about this is the very subtle vocals.
Some of the guitars in the back remind me very much of Mike Oldfield most of all. Since I'm a great fan of New Age and generally World Music, this song is very much to my liking. Also everything seems to flow from one part of the song to the other. I appreciate it that the build of this piece does not really have and does not need any dramatic pauses - I believe if it did, it would destroy much of the over all fabric and feeling.
My only negative thing I can say about it is that it takes a good long while until it gets going. As much as I do appreciate a slow paced song and instrument build up, the beginning just offers too little to keep the ear entertained and it only really becomes interesting in the second half.
Jaybell
on 2007-12-21 19:10:55
That mallet box/music box/xylophone/whatever it is sounds really, really fake.
BUT APART FROM THAT, this remix is masterfully atmospheric. It's just so engrossing, and it takes me on a journey every time I listen to it, as cheesy as that sounds.. The mallet box gets in the way a little, but overall, it's not enough to detract from the overall piece.
OA
on 2007-12-10 13:11:40
This is a track that you really need to listen to several times to really appreciate; a 3 minute pop song this is not.
The variation on the theme is awesome, and for the most part, the sound effects were great, except for the farting in the tub noises about halfway through. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the music, but maybe I am missing something. Otherwise it really is an epic journey through sound and I'm amazed that the quality in encoding is still there even though the track is so long. Nice work
zyko
on 2007-11-05 00:40:46
wow, thanks for the comments! i was afraid i had rushed through this track too quickly as it was finished in less time than i am even accustomed to.
a few comments: the piece arranges actually only one theme from the game... it is the midna theme that is reiterated several times as different songs throughout the OST... rather than remix any particular incarnation of it, i focused on the character midna instead... yielding what you hear
the percussion is live! i don't think i have the patience to sequence realistic hand percussion, to be honest... i am a very impatient drum sequencer. yes harmony, that is a doumbek... in egypt we call it a tabla but (and there is an epic, years-spanning debate between virt and i concerning this) that is an invalid moniker. sometimes, it is also referred to as a darabuka (i believe doumbek is the more specifically turkish nomenclature)
not sure if taucer meant that it was a medley because it surely isn't... it only reiterates the same short thematic phrase over and over again a hundred times hehe. snappleman, i'm sure he was referring to the stop and go nature of the track which, as you know, is pretty much my calling card. disjointed only remotely begins to describe everything about my music and i =)
SnappleMan
on 2007-11-04 17:57:11
This song is fantastic! I love the instrumentation, performance, and overall sound. More importantly, though, is the fact that everything is so cohesive and flowing. I have to disagree with Taucer up there, because I don't hear any blatant split into another song. Knowing the source material makes you listen for those types of changes, but if you can listen without that bias then you can get to the heart of the song, and that to me, is a vision of how zyko thinks about the music. Everything introduced at the beginning makes sense and is resolved at the end. This song seems to be more about the complete package than the parts which make it up, which are used as tools for telling a musical story that doesn't just lead you from A to B, but presents different musical conflicts all throughout which all come together and form that point at B.
Antipode
on 2007-11-03 00:15:11
Trippy, cool piece. Really interesting use of material. I'll have to relisten again later under, erm, different circumstances.
DarkClark
on 2007-11-02 16:51:47
This remix was extremely well done. I felt transported to another world! I felt immersed in all things Zelda. As for the technical side everything seemed in order and sounded beautiful. The only fault I could find (yes I'm picky:-P) was that the growl sounded somewhat.... lacking. Yes, the growl could have been more "real," but other than that.... a WONDERFUL remix. I think more people should try this far fetched yet INTERSTING style OCR!

Harmony
on 2007-11-01 19:38:25
Cool stuff. This is what I would hope to sound like if I decided to start making ambient/minimalist/weedesque music, so I'll keep it in mind for future inspiration. 'Course I'd have to buy a bass...and a tambourine...and a doumbek(?)...or are some of those sampled? I can't tell, which makes this mix that much more satisfying. Everything is weaved together beautifully, I've got nothing but love for the dynamic variety, and nothing but praise for zyko.