ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Ghost Grove'
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Fantastic tracked/chiptunish Zelda:LttP ReMix from Platonist; judges panel were digging this, but I think I'm more enamored of the piece than they were, especially the joyous last minute, an intricate menagerie of interweaving, modulated synthesizer awesomeness. Jonas' previous mixes from 2008 had a similarly polished, refined clockwork of retro-chic oscillator soup going on, but I think this is my favorite work yet; he writes:
"Well Here it is, the second track in my Zelda-Forest theme Series - yes the source is called "Dark Mountain", but it also appears in the Dark World Lost Woods so I'm gonna stick to my theme-thing ;) the mix is made with Impulse Tracker, well, actually it's its windows clone Schism Tracker, and since I used some of the special features of it in this particular remix, like the filter envelopes (not available in original IT) i would like to state this clearly this time....I've been working on this track since the summer of 08 and i finally got access to a real studio and its wonderful monitors so i think this mix will sound even better than my usual new stuff. i used Wave Lab for post processing/mastering and encoded it to mp3 with Lame.
I tried to keep the track shorter and less repetitive BUT since I love to <-expand-> I just had to go the expansionist route once again, dividing the two parts into two longer parts, just like I did with "Forest of Hysteria" and "Diamond Worlds", and I'm gonna have to tell you (*grins*) that if you didn't like the previous Zelda remix due to its noisy appearance and feel, you shouldn't dis this mix, because it's not of the same character.. not even close.. this is because I don't like to stick to one and the same theme or sound through out all my tracks/mixes/songs/w/e... =)"
I'm glad I'm not the only one who hears the Imperial March when listening to the source; zircon writes:
"This vaguely reminds me of Infected Mushroom - mainly the drum and bass sequencing. I'm a sucker for heavily-layered stuff, and once a lot of instruments were going at once, I thought the full texture and rhythmic syncopation were just awesome. The arrangement here is really great. It drives home the main melody with lots of original writing and some excellent variations. The source tune was a little boring (and more than a little Star Wars-influenced) and I think Platonist's interpretation was much more interesting. Jonas, you're getting better and better with each sub. Keep it up!"
This is a truly great mix that really develops and picks up towards its conclusion, delivering melody, harmony, and boatloads of synthetic, bubbling waveforms. Check it out, then check out Platonist's previous mixes if you haven't already, and keep an eye out on reuniverse.org for the extra-curricular activities of Jonas and some other very familiar OCR names. Looking forward to hearing more!
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