ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages 'Essence of Lime'
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"Essence of Lime is an unofficial remix project covering the soundtrack of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. The album clocks in at over 2 hours, with 2 discs and a 2-year development. Any music that appeared in Ages has been remixed, including tracks that appeared in both Oracles...Two years ago, I decided to start Essence of Lime as a solo project (hence the citrusy pun), assuming there would not be enough interest to carry a full-scale project. I was slightly wrong about the lack of interest; as I continued chipping away at the tracklist, people began to ask if they could help out. I opened up the project, realizing that I had a lot a work ahead of me. I'm incredibly grateful to those people (as well as the people I managed to recruit) for their help and enthusiasm."
To clarify, this isn't an official OCR album, although there are some great tracks from some familiar faces. To further clarify, when opening up solo projects to the community, it's my personal preference that directors do target releasing as an official project, because it lets us do our thing and ensures a certain level of quality, coordination, promotion, etc. - the more you know... This particular track, which shares its title with the overall album, is also Hylian's debut here on OC ReMix. He adds:
"This is the first track I started for the album project of the same name. I originally wanted to try something along the lines of Paper Mario, but I ended up going more of a chiptuney route. Hopefully I've still captured some of the epic quirkiness I'd intended.:
Definitely feeling the quirky, chiptuney vibe, and kudos in general for shining more light on the Oracle of Ages OST; Link's Awakening tends to get all the handheld Zelda love, so it's good to see it get spread around a bit more. Larry writes:
"Props on coaxing the musicality out of these themes. If anyone thinks the arrangement is scattershot, it IS, but that's because the structure of the source tunes, particularly the intro, are the same way. I thought some of your other non-chip tracks on the album could have been further polished, but the potential is clearly there and you're way ahead of the pack. As I said in #j, if you keep at it, you'll be consistently putting out high quality stuff without thinking. This is a great debut, bro, keep 'em coming!"
"I dig the orchestral/chip blend. A nice full texture with lots of awesome syncopated bits. Great job adapting the source into such a groovy piece of work."
Well said - check it out, and check out the other tracks available on the album at http://essenceoflime.revasser.net/!
- Crulex on August 31, 2012
The flute being exchanged for main lead occasionally keeps the synths from feeling repetitive, bland, or a lack of consistient mood or theme.
Not that it would have been in any danger of that, even without.
It actually reminds me of a weird popcorn flavor I ate a month ago...salt + lime, obviously.
In short, this is just the kind of stuff I`ve been looking for! It`s playful, familiar, and fun. And ``scattershot`` arrangements add the kind of edge I always like.
They're totally my kind of fun, but only when well-fleshed out; which you accomplished with creative beauty and flair. I never felt like you didn`t know
exactly what you`re doing and where you`re going with this piece.
My only complaints are:
1. I wish the uber-cool set of (jungle-style?) drums had come in sooner than just shy of a minute left D: . It freshens things up and gives it such a cool and unique groove. One of my favourites, in fact. They go amazingly well in eclectic remixes like this. And,
2. The sound quality of the strings and drums hinder it. I think the whole piece would sound bloody amazing if it were at a higher level. Like, epic!
Anyway, this is going on mah playlists like you won't belieeeeve.
- TheCorty on September 18, 2010
OA;690350 wrote: Pretty fun stuff, I really liked the progression of this one, and the mix of instruments was refreshing.
I second all of this; especially the choice of instruments and the way the chiptune elements are integrated into the remix stand out to me. The "breakdown" starting at 2:10 is my favourite part of this song.
- Martin Penwald on July 7, 2010
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- halc on June 23, 2010
TheKrow;690365 wrote: Now that you're posted, it's hard to complain about you not being posted. :|
The most common complaint on the site, bar-none. But reaching that point where the complaint becomes invalid is a sensation all the sweeter.
This track is fantastic, through and through. The style you did this in, which is also a style pervasive in nearly the entire album through all your songs, is simultaneously nostalgic and fresh. You pick your sounds very well. Perfect track to kick off a great album.
I don't know how you did so many great tracks over those two years on top of this one, but my hat is off to you. I never played the original but I'm still diggin' this. Congratulations, you lemon-lime non-carbonated beverage.
- Level 99 on June 22, 2010
Really, really, great job.
- TheKrow on June 22, 2010
- PROTO·DOME on June 22, 2010
- OA on June 22, 2010
- Chernabogue on June 22, 2010
Nice job catching the slightly obscured Zelda theme reference I missed, LT/Palpable. I surprised myself a couple times while writing up the source breakdown; I'd taken for granted how much source I'd actually used. "Wait a second...this part isn't original??"
- Hylian Lemon on June 22, 2010
you did your thing and you did it very very well :)
- Benjamin Briggs on June 22, 2010
- Gamma 32 on June 22, 2010