ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Mountain of Dreams"
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This is our first ReMix from William Harby, alias Willrock, but something tells me we'll be seeing more. It's been over a year since we've had a Link's Awakening mix, so it's good to see Link's original Gameboy outing back on the homepage, and Will's arranged the Tal Tal theme, which is always a favorite. I still remember trying - in vain - to convince Disco Dan to name his own mix of the theme 'Braving Tal Tal Bachman,' which I still find hilarious. Alas, another opportunity missed here, but a great debut mix. Mr. Harby writes:
"The Legend Of Zelda: Links awakening was the first game I played and completed so this game is very important to me as far as games and remixing game music goes for me. I loved the music from the game, but the stand-out track for me was tal tal mountain range, probably my favourite video game tune. When I started remixing video game music, I started with the tal tal mountain range, and this is my second attempt at the theme. It took me a month to get it right and I hope you agree it was worth it."
WHOLE LOTTA SYNTH LEAD. If you've been clamoring for synth lead, waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with nightmares of synth lead shortage, dreaming of being surrounded by hot, throbbing oscillators, well then... you may need professional help. Or, you may simply need to listen to this mix and sate your synth sickness with Willrock's well-sequenced leads-of-fury. Seriously, while this mix starts and ends with some acoustic piano and has a driving rock drum track, it's all about the synth lead. The patches employed have a nice analog saturation/distortion to them that adds a little prog-style warmth, there are plenty of pitch bends and fast, gliding riffs, but what really seals the deal is the last minute or so. Towards the end, WR employs some great harmony and counter-melody measures that really shine. Jimmy summed this one up well:
"Man, I am down with the ending. There's a difference between an ending being poorly abrupt and simply unexpected and unique. I thought this is a case of the latter. That being said, I think my boy Will here might be one of the best solo sequencing fiends I've heard. There is some serious crazy awesome in all the solos I've heard in his tracks.
So let's see:
Fantastic solos and synth work overall
Reverb is a little on the heavy side
- Production could use some work, but it's aight.
Gonna have to throwdown a YES here."
Like Big Giant Jimmy says, rockin' arrangement, excellent synth solos, production that could use some work but isn't overly problematic = enjoyable, dynamic LoZ:LA ReMixage, and a great debut from Willrock.
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