ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Mountain of Dreams" 4:36

By WillRock

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Tal Tal Heights"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB), music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano

Posted 2009-05-09, evaluated by the judges panel


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:

  • Great arrangement

  • 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.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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WillRock
on 2010-12-22 14:28:13

Ok, its story time :D

Damn its been along time since I did this mix. A little over 2 years old now, I made this when I was trying desperately to get passed the panel by any means possible.

Basically, this remix came to me when I "purchased" the 1986 Transformers Movie Soundtrack, you know... the one with stan bush's "The Touch"

Anyways, I found myself particularly inspired by the works of Vince Dicola, who did the backing score for the movie, and this remix was largely inspired by his works.

This was also the mix where my core synth/rock sound started to come together, thanks to various tweaking of presets I was doing to try and make the samples sound better.

Its showing its age but this mix was really the start of where my core sound started to come together, and it was my best work for a very long time. I'm glad you guys have enjoyed it over the years.

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Bahamut
on 2010-11-28 17:39:28

It's interesting listening to this mix again after hearing WillRock's more recently stuff. Will's production really stepped up since this song (it's night and day with the drums for example).

The arrangement itself is pretty solid though, and makes this a good listen still.

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MechaFone
on 2010-05-28 12:56:31

Very 80's feel to it. Interesting take, remix well done :)

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GrrDraxin
on 2010-04-03 04:37:27

Well now, I know I'm about a year late to congratulate you, but I guess better late than never. I remember asking about having you post all the version you had of this in the WIP section, and I'm glad that your hard work payed off. Even today I'm still listening to your current and first versions of this, it's that awesome of a mix of that beloved game I had on my first and last gameboy handheld. Excellent mix.

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WillRock
on 2009-10-02 12:53:29
I'm at work right now (shh!), at a PC all day, which affords me time to finally catch up on OC ReMix listening, and I'm up to this one. I'm with the crowd on the synth work: impressive. About the ending... I'm gonna take a stab at the possible inspiration, because it's awesome if true. Anyone remember the tune
from Vince DiClola's "Transformers: the Movie" score?

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

That track was an inspiration for this remix not just the ending, well spotted man :nicework:

Vince Dicola rulez

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José the Bronx Rican
on 2009-09-25 11:51:40

I'm at work right now (shh!), at a PC all day, which affords me time to finally catch up on OC ReMix listening, and I'm up to this one. I'm with the crowd on the synth work: impressive. About the ending... I'm gonna take a stab at the possible inspiration, because it's awesome if true. Anyone remember the tune

from Vince DiClola's "Transformers: the Movie" score?
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SoulinEther
on 2009-08-17 04:16:57
I was hooked right in when the piano started. :smile: What can I say, really? Awesome synthwork, awesome drums, pretty much awesome everything. I loved it.

EDIT: I could swear I hear a little Tetris in there. It could just be in the source, so I dunno. :razz:

See, I knew I wasn't the only one, lol.

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JH Sounds
on 2009-08-16 20:36:48

I was hooked right in when the piano started. :smile: What can I say, really? Awesome synthwork, awesome drums, pretty much awesome everything. I loved it.

EDIT: I could swear I hear a little Tetris in there. It could just be in the source, so I dunno. :razz:

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Txai
on 2009-08-02 07:15:33

Yeah, this is an enjoyable lead sequencing. His stuff has been of my interest since I heard his Ryu Stage Theme in WIP.

Like Penwald, I also think 1:10 was very well done; it makes the whole thing even better.

Good job.

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Mtlbro
on 2009-06-09 00:25:05

This type of arrangment for mountain kind of took me off guard, but the intro was pure genious (:45) then YAY!!! it gets fast

I thought the reverb fit the style very nice indeed

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Martin Penwald
on 2009-06-01 15:49:54

The first synth was already to my liking, but once the awesomely cheesy 80s one came in at 1:10, I was blown away.

Nice work.

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shawnpm810
on 2009-05-29 00:35:50

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

Absolutly awsome!

TERRIFIC!

wOw....Zomfg!

comments from my many friends that enjoy a good zelda beat.

You definatly have an awsome mix to play at one of those "gamers annonymus" parties ;-)

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fil_razorback
on 2009-05-22 11:26:47

Fantastic catchy mix, and the original track is one my my top favorite Zelda tracks too. It's going to stay high in my playlist for a while, great job !

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Dj Mokram
on 2009-05-12 07:20:11

Not too long ago, Will gave me a link to his remix of Green Hill Zone from Sonic.

Upon listening, I told him that the force in his music is that he's got his own unique style to it.

When I pressed play this time around, it wasn't any different.

At 0:25 into the song, I already knew I was in for a treat.

While retaining the spirit of the original, it expands the horizon with the audacious clash of genres.

I luved the chord progression, drum pattern, pitch modulation and overall work on soundscape.

This song is overflowing with synth goodness, mixed with a distinctive 80s flavor.

So here, Link's dream almost tasted like a sweet candy drop from childhood.

This remix is the living proof that what counts is not necessarily samples, but talent.

And Willrock's got plenty of that.

Congrats on your first (and certainly not last) posted remix. ;-)

Great Tal Tal Mountain revisit.

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yosefu
on 2009-05-12 01:12:50

This is just so fun to listen to. the build for the synths is just brilliant great. great job

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
Songs:
"Tal Tal Heights"

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Genre:
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Instrumentation:
Synth
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Duration:
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