ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Agahnim Arsenik'
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For those of you who missed it, AeroZ actually just posted a thread on our forums explaining his absence of late - he's been touring & playing cello with a Swedish band called Timoteij who've gotten fairly popular lately. You can sorta see him rocking out behind the four leggy blondes in a televised performance of one of their songs, which is catchy and even has the patented "Eurovision Home Stretch Key Change" (I coined this phrase to describe the mandatory practice of adding key changes towards the end of almost all entries into the annual European song contest. Watch it some time and do shots every time the key gratuitously modulates to allow for another repetition of chorus or verse - you'll end up plastered.) He's also started his own music business of sorts - check out www.freijman.com for details. Great to see him making his dreams a reality and enjoying some success. I had fun discussing this song w/ fellow Swede AnSo on IRC:
[10:31] <@djpretzel> kom kom kom mebbe som som som boogie dom be weinerschnitzellllll
[10:32] <@djpretzel> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWg3LvVfaIE
[10:32] <@djpretzel> that's my transliteration
[10:32] <anosou> I admit it's a freaking catchy tune
[10:32] <@djpretzel> AnSo, why aren't YOU playing on stage w/ four hot blondes?
[10:32] <anosou> I'm lonely and depresse :[
[10:32] <anosou> depressed*
[10:32] <@djpretzel> It occurs to me that this band is the EXACT karmic opposite of the band "Four Non-Blondes"
[10:33] <anosou> also "Kom kom kom, Medan som-som-sommaren ännu hänger sig kvar, Medan natten ännu är ljum, Och vår längtan lockar och drar, Kom kom kom, Det finns dom dom dom som ser chansen glida förbi, Ta min hand så gör vi allt det som dom låter bli"
[10:33] <@djpretzel> that's what I SAID
And so on; I do hope you enjoy these fleet, uncensored glimpses into the secrets of the private judges' channel. But enough context, on with the mix. Sebastian writes:
"Those haunting strings... the pouring rain sfx... entering the castle...
These are all memories that never will go away for me.
With this ReMix, I try to share with you the energy I felt as a kid while playing this game.
This is a tribute to the game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
I thank it for an awesome childhood."
I kept his line breaks intact because this is basically a submission email that reads like a poem. The next Swedish Emily Dickinson? Probably not, but I still liked the emotion, which also comes through in all of AeroZ's mixes.'Fallen Dragoon' holds a special place in my heart, but this is the first time Sebastian has covered anything from the Zelda franchise, and if you haven't been looking forward to that, then you're a svendenpööperåren, which is Swedish for "poopy bastard". Actually, I made that up, and it's really immature. I'm gonna start you off with a teaser quote from Shariq that should tell you all you really need to know:
"Those beats+bass are wicked; makes me wanna get up and dance. Awesome gating and rolling kicks. I love how this sounds really old school with the SNES style strings around halfway through. Lots of old console sounding synths, but still a lot of great effects. Awesome. As much as I hate the phrase, I see this becoming an "instant classic" on OCR."
So, this is a 'Hyrule Castle' mix, and the Disco Dan epic 'Triforce Majeure' looms large in any discussion thereof. Seb's gone for a totally different approach, with a lot of his own modifications & additions and some truly sweet, funky lo-fi & chiptunish textures. The level of micro-syncopated percussive effects and anthemic pure waveform counterpoint creates its own, unique vibe, swimming in decidedly different waters than Cabrera's version. It's a fantastic, superbly executed vision that offers something very different that's epic in its own way. Jimmy gets biblical and adds:
"Seb does not share Samson's weakness. I saw that dude with far less hair on his noggin than I remember, but his strength as a remixer appears unaffected."
Jesse was odd man out for some curmudgeonly reason, and the judge's decision is worth a read as it then devolved into assertions about maternal chastity and witless repartee. Someone should crib these decision threads, compile, and write a short-lived sitcom called "Oh, You Judges!" that no one finds funny except for me and the guy who writes Marmaduke. Awesome, ornate, chippish glee from AeroZ, who finally sets his sights on Zelda and comes up with another fantastic mix.
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