ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Dark World Ballad'
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Newcomer effinjerk, aka Brian Effinger, currently works at Neversoft as a guitar notetracker... pretty awesome, eh? He's also got a degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, where this mix (co-arranged with Cliff Hooper on piano) was recorded. It's a straight piano and acoustic guitar duet, quite lovely, and you can definitely tell (in a good way) that these are live performances. It's interesting, though... the piano feels like it's in a much larger space, while the acoustic guitar feels very intimate & proximate. This contrast really reminded me of the beginning of 'Wish You Were Here', with David Gilmour's playing to radio accompaniment... I'm not sure if the effect was purely intentional, but it certainly doesn't bother me and in fact I think it makes the piece stronger. This is a very interpretive, bluesy arrangement of the 'Dark World' theme that, even if the instruments were completely balanced and shared the same space perfectly, would still remind me of Pink Floyd based solely on the composition. If there are any doubts, I consider that a pretty damn great compliment. The initial cut Brian sent in had a small guitar flub and some minor mixing issues, both of which have been addressed. Those changes effectively moot most of the judges' critique, so I'll quote the good stuff - Vinnie writes:
"The arrangement is very solid, the instruments playing off each other well. The bluesy additions to the Dark World theme were unexpected, but in a good way. It felt all of one piece."
"The concept of this is awesome, and the arrangement is really nice as well... The arrangement is classy with both subtle changes to the original and several cool original sections."
It's definitely not straight classical, which is probably the dominant genre for solo/duet performances, but it's not straight blues/jazz, either. It really does feel pretty Floydian to me, with more of a classic/prog rock approach, but however it strikes you, here's hoping you dig it as much as we did - great, memorable debut piece from Brian & Cliff!
It's a well-crafted song and I found it surprisingly enjoyable. I'd love to hear more!
- Bahamut on December 27, 2011
- Emunator on December 3, 2009
- Ramikadyc on November 2, 2009
Lo and behold, my Winamp had not spazzed. And this music, which was smooth and tempered enough to fool my ears into thinking it was from an official album, was an OC ReMix. I absolutely adore the chill, laid-back vibe, the slow, deliberate pacing, the light touch of expressiveness, and the heavy dose of interpretation. The skill and emotion is plainly evident from both players.
Excellent job! :-D
- Moguta on October 26, 2009
Also, seconding what the write-up/judges said; the piano and the guitar don't sound as if they were in the same place; the guitar is much more up front.
Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable piece of music.
- Martin Penwald on October 8, 2009
This almost has that kind of "piano collections" feel to it at times, very peaceful, though the guitars ensure that it becomes more than that. Overall a very interesting and creative take on a theme that usually sees more mixes that portray it more like a march.
- ZealPath on September 30, 2009
- cyb0rgjeff on September 29, 2009
Sweet collab. guys! I'll be listening to this mix for a quite a while ^_^.
- jintoreedwine on September 28, 2009
- SwordBreaker on September 27, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on September 27, 2009
- Nintenke on September 26, 2009
- halc on September 25, 2009
- DragonAvenger on September 23, 2009
- OA on September 23, 2009
- CarnCarby on September 20, 2009