ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Magic Fountain" 4:13

By Nixdorux

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Goddess Appears"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2010-06-27, evaluated by djpretzel


Man, yet again, it's been AWHILE! We last posted a mix from Nicolas Ferranti, aka Nixdorux, back in 2005, so it's great to finally be posting more, even if it is a half-decade later. I'm a huge fan of Nicolas' Super Castlevania IV ReMix, partly because I love the source but also because I love where he took it. Nix' last mix was from Link's Awakening, and now he continues to explore the Zelda universe with a mellow arrangement from Link to the Past. For some reason - I think it's the bells - this piece reminds me of the rather whimsical music that would play on Mister Rogers when he took us to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Lady Elaine Fairchilde was the shit. Softer melodic components, including acoustic piano and choir, are paired w/ deliberate water drops in sort of a "Zen Garden Lullaby" motif. The pacing & arpeggios remind me of the intro to McVaffe's Okami ReMix, in a good way.

Good meditation music, methinks, or something to just mellow out to after a hard day at work. A bit melancholy, perhaps, but also enveloping & warm - a simple but well-executed mix from Nixdorux!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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-Dan
on 2012-09-05 14:05:43

wow!

I almost missed this piece.

I am making a song colection to listen before sleep and this is perfect!!

Thank you man for this awesome track!

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Crulex
on 2012-09-05 13:14:59

The bells and water drops were really cool. It was like a melody straight out of a natural cave, with a piano somewhere in between. Great images in my mind from listening to this. Peaceful and beautiful. I don't think I can say anything more than how much I loved the idea of those water drops being used like they were. This is a great example of taking a song from a fairy-filled fountain and doing justice to the name "magic fountain".

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dfcentre
on 2011-04-23 12:18:03

Don't be so modest, chthonic, I have three of your tracks. Kirby(Dream Warrior), WIP Dedede Trance, and Fleeting Ecstacy. The latter two on playlists! And they're just from the games I know. Guessing there are many more I've missed!

I wouldn't usually request this kind of thing but I like the track a lot and its such a simple thing to change so I can have it on playlist. I can understand if the artist doesn't want another version out there though.

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Benjamin Briggs
on 2011-04-23 11:49:11
I really love this track, I'm in the process of backing up tracks from last year and this one almost made the cut to my soundtrack playlist. The only thing that stands in the way is the droplets. I think they are wonderful and relaxing but on a playlist that could play at anytime with any company they might not understand the connection the droplets have to the piece. Would it be possible to host a version on some other site without the droplets.

Imagine perhaps a version that you might enjoy while looking back over old holiday snaps in twenty years. "The Old Photos" mix?? haha

If you don't want to that's ok it just means I can't put it on the soundtrack playlist. I'll still keep the track cos I love it.

you know I had a guy email me about seeing if I could remove a very specific sound effect from my super meat boy remix because he couldn't stand to listen to it in his car

I actually did end up removing it for him; it was really simple

too bad I didn't make this remix... it's way too good for me to have been responsible for it

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dfcentre
on 2011-04-23 11:09:49

I really love this track, I'm in the process of backing up tracks from last year and this one almost made the cut to my soundtrack playlist. The only thing that stands in the way is the droplets. I think they are wonderful and relaxing but on a playlist that could play at anytime with any company they might not understand the connection the droplets have to the piece. Would it be possible to host a version on some other site without the droplets.

Imagine perhaps a version that you might enjoy while looking back over old holiday snaps in twenty years. "The Old Photos" mix?? haha

If you don't want to that's ok it just means I can't put it on the soundtrack playlist. I'll still keep the track cos I love it.

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Marmiduke
on 2010-09-10 06:37:20

The cavernous water droplets do some rhythmic wonders here. They offer some serious serenity and purity where any other form of percussion would have failed.

Rhythm is definitely this mix's strong suit, but that's not to say that all other areas weren't great. Production is super clean, and the piano is well above adequate for the minimalist/chill hybrid going on here. The arrangement doesn't get very adventurous, but I really appreciate the sparseness in the intro and how the melody slowly begins to form out of seemingly random piano tangents. Choir backing was also a really nice addition and is used with the utmost restraint.

A wonderfully restrained working of a classic Zelda theme. Though anyone after a bold reinvention of the theme wont find it here. This is more of a gentle deconstruction of the melody, with some killer rhythmic ideas that are as technically triumphant as they are thematic fitting.

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-07-14 15:39:30
I love these chimes. I love the bells, all the bright and dull tones that are produced. It's so soothing and relaxing, almost to the point of being meditative.

Seconding this. Furthermore, I think that the water-fx mesh really well with the bells and the overall rhythm of the song.

The stings later on in the song, which Level 99 mentioned, sound like a choir to me. I quite like it.

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Level 99
on 2010-07-09 15:38:31

I'll come right out and say it: I love these chimes. I love the bells, all the bright and dull tones that are produced. It's so soothing and relaxing, almost to the point of being meditative. The piano is a fantastic compliment. The strings later on are great as well. The water stuff is pretty cool but I can see where it might get annoying since it happens through the whole song. I made that choice way back in the day with a rejected mix. However, here, it actually doesn't bother me much, due to it being quiet and it usually meshes rhythmically with the rest of the song. I listened to this in the car yesterday and suddenly everything just seemed to be "alright": the traffic was no longer bothering me, I wasn't too tired from work. If a mix makes me feel like that, I'm giving it my approval.

Going on my sleep/relax playlist for sure.

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UnveiledOsiris
on 2010-07-02 00:57:29

I really love what you've done with the source. Admittedly, I never really cared much for the source, but if it had been like this in the game, I would have spent a lot more time around fairy fountains and the like :-o

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OA
on 2010-07-01 17:38:40

Definitely not what I was expecting, but it was very pleasant and well done, with a lot of subtle layers. I think doing something so exposed is very brave, and you had the skills to back it up, so it ended up beautiful.

Nice work, and some cool SFX too.

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docnano
on 2010-06-30 09:06:04

Mmm, very relaxing. A new take, but it still evokes the feel of a magical safe haven hidden in a mountainside. A great lullaby.

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-RK-
on 2010-06-29 16:01:32

Yeah, this is fantastic.

Absolutely.:)

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evktalo
on 2010-06-29 06:30:00

Very nice. Beautiful. I find it haunting as well.

--Eino

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SubNormal J3
on 2010-06-28 12:49:48

Remember hearing this one a while ago on VGMix I think. Great piece.

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halc
on 2010-06-28 02:47:48

this is sublime. so f'ing great.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
Songs:
"The Goddess Appears"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Ambient
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Bells, Piano
Additional:

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Size:
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MD5:
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:13

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