ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Utopia'
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Hey, how about some nice, calming, well-played solo acoustic guitar Zelda mixage? Sound good? Newcomer Harjawaldar, aka Mads Smebakk, writes:
"A Link to the Past is one of my all time favorite vg soundtracks, and I think this theme is the best in it. I made the recording with only one 6-string Ibanez half-acoustic guitar, and there are many layers of guitars active at once. I really just wanted this to sound as beautiful as possible. The song was made for Dwelling of Duels Free month May 2009. It got me the second place."
Edging Mads out were Simon and Hugo with their super/mega/epic Langrisser II metal opus; it's cool that first and second place were so very, very different in tone & style, showing the versatility (and appreciation of versatility) over at DoD. The layering here creates a thick, resonating bed of strummed goodness, and the arrangement gets progressively more interpretive as the piece progresses. Larry writes:
"Definitely an impressive performance from when I first heard it from DoD. The first half of the arrangement was too conservative, but had some grace notes here and there. That alone wouldn't have been enough to make it passable though, so I'm glad the structure didn't stay like that. The second half (1:39-on) pulled this one up from a NO for being too conservative by getting significantly more interpretive with the source. Chill, relaxing stuff to listen to, and a welcome addition. Certainly hope we hear more from Mads in the future."
OA echoes those sentiments:
"Really classy stuff, as Larry pointed out, it started really conservatively, but it branched out the perfect amount for the second half. Some really cool ideas, good transitions, and a very serene feel. The playing was really nice, and though the tone was slightly thin, it was very clean, and it balanced well. If you do have a mic to record with in addition to the piezo, try recording both at once, as it'll give a great sound. If not, I'm still fine with this passing, and future subs should be ok. Jesse has some decent thoughts about EQ, so look into those for a future sub, but this one is great."
Not much else to say - this is a great theme, and Harjawaldar has done it great acoustic justice with a tight arrangement & performance that's simultaneously intelligent and emotive. Excellent stuff.
- Crulex on August 16, 2012
- Mtlbro on May 2, 2010
Waxius;670897 wrote: Parts of this song reminded me of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells I - side B.
Interesting, my father loves Tubular Bells, and I like it too (even if I don't know it very well). Maybe I'll search for these parts you said :)
- Dunther on April 27, 2010
- Waxius on April 27, 2010
- Martin Penwald on April 19, 2010
At the same time, it conveys a little more peaceful sense than the original, the guitar is just so tranquil here, with some nice variations from the source which work perfectly towards the end.
I seem to recall it was nearly a year ago that I first heard this so it's very nice to see it make the cut here at OCR as well, no doubt in my mind that it belongs.
- ZealPath on April 1, 2010
Dunther;661252 wrote: Loved when came out on DoD, good work!
What he said!
I remember hearing this before actually talking to Mads when Tony referred him to me as a good artist to ask to join a project, and when Dr. Manhattan sent him my email.
It's a convincing track that showcases Mads' acoustic guitar, and it's delicious! It shows some emotion, from the dark beginning to the more upbeat later section, the song has a feeling of progression to it that tugs at you some.
Great job, it sure deserved being in the top 3 for DoD that month!
- Bahamut on April 1, 2010
but GOD DAMN.
If every mix on this site was this classy I would have that OCR tattoo by now.
- Less Ashamed Of Self on April 1, 2010
- DrManhattan on March 31, 2010
- Mirby on March 31, 2010
- OA on March 31, 2010
- MechaFone on March 31, 2010
- Dunther on March 31, 2010
Congrats! : )
- Scaredsim on March 31, 2010
- Djinn on March 31, 2010