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"Level 7: Jabu Jabu's Belly"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Nintendo, 2001, GBC), music by Koji Kondo, Minako Adachi

Posted 2010-10-27, evaluated by djpretzel


Been sick this week and am thus a little behind w/ mixpostage, but let's see if we can't remedy that; this collab between Hylian Lemon and prophetik, off of Essence of Lime, is a nice haunting blend of jazz and darker, cinematic textures. Mr. Hoffman writes:

"I (Hylian Lemon) arranged and produced; prophet recorded sax (with some adjustments to the final section that I think tie things up quite nicely). Brad had perfect timing, offering his talent to the project immediately after I started this track. I was originally using an oboe as the lead, but the idea of a live saxophone prompted me to switch gears a bit."

A harp pattern intros with backing legato string pads, but Brad's sax shows up soon after, segueing into the introduction of a nice beat that has elements of hip-hop & electronica. Solo piano takes over at 0'56" with a monophonic melody line; I would have liked some polyphony and chord work later at 1'24", to take more advantage of the instrument, but the Spartan, minimalistic feel is open, expansive, and generally works quite well. Rapid-fire bongos and doubled-up sax serve as a climax on the last iteration of the chorus, as it were, and things end reflectively with a solo harp ritardando. It's a well-constructed mix that doesn't get all up in your business with flashiness or dramatic melodic twists & turns and instead creates a dark, somewhat unsettling atmosphere, painting both selectively & effectively with a few key colors.

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Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2012-05-01 15:45:00

Man, that intro is pretty sexy. Nice beat to it. I like the piano work and the atmosphere of this ReMix is great. The change in tempo was a cool touch. Well done on this one.

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-11-08 16:14:37

Nice arrangement; interesting how it changes from slow to fast and back again. The sax is very sexy, particularly e.g. around 1:15. It reminds me of Snatcher.

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Bread
on 2010-11-06 18:42:55

I don't know why but this remix somehow reminds me of Tales of Symphonia.

Although I haven't finished The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and thus don't really know the original song I really like this remix.

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prophetik music
on 2010-11-04 17:53:23
Uh oh, he's onto you, Brad. You'd better update your human program before he finds out what you are.

I mean who

fuuuuuuuuu-

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Hylian Lemon
on 2010-11-04 17:49:14

Uh oh, he's onto you, Brad. You'd better update your human program before he finds out what you are.

I mean who

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Master_Yoshi
on 2010-11-04 17:33:40
:asdfashah

I know, right? WTF though, I've listened to it over and over again and just that first second or so of it just sounds so.... not live! I've heard lots of live sax so that's not the issue, I just don't know what it is!

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prophetik music
on 2010-11-04 17:28:17
When the sax came in right off the bat it sounded awful. Like, some sort of cheesy midi esque thing.

:asdfashah

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Master_Yoshi
on 2010-11-04 17:07:17

When the sax came in right off the bat it sounded awful. Like, some sort of cheesy midi esque thing. That was the only time I got that impression, and it only lasted for 2 minutes? I only mention this because I spent the rest of the mix thinking "Wow, that sax fits so nicely in with the rest of the arrangement, wtf was with it when it intro'd?"

Very cool, moody, atmospheric. I think that you could have done without the chippy sounding stuff in the background, the piece stands just fine without nostalgia. Still, it doesn't hurt matters, so I suppose it's not much of a complaint that there is "too much" in a mix when the "too much" isn't doing harm. Right?

Right?

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TheKrow
on 2010-10-28 20:14:58

Yaaaay. I had no idea this was getting posted either. Still as awesome as the first time around, this is still one of my favorite tracks from the album. :wink:

Want moar.

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Hylian Lemon
on 2010-10-28 13:52:06

You made a comment in the writeup that wasn't 100% fawning praise, djp? I don't know if I can respect you anymore.

Thanks for the awesome saxings, Brad. Jabu-Jabu is pleased with your offering.

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Level 99
on 2010-10-28 13:17:30

Brad's just mad that he couldn't toot his own horn in the writeup for the third time :nicework:

Another great track for a very cool and interesting album project. Hylian surprises me a lot with his compositions, because he often takes them in directions I did not see them going. As halc said, fantastic and in-depth arrangement with tightly integrated saxophones. Definitely deep and moody.

Edit: Eyes in the Deep? More like, Eyes in the DERP!

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prophetik music
on 2010-10-28 11:07:37

this represents the third time i've been involved on a mix and didn't know it was going to be posted :

hylian did a fantastic job with this track, and it was a ton of fun to record =) nice work, man.

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halc
on 2010-10-28 02:59:51

awesome! HL's arrangements are always so in-depth and refined. great integration of prophetik's saxings as well- performance was spot-on, imo. great job to both of you! (and congrats on the dp :D)

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djpretzel
on 2010-10-27 22:55:25

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Nintendo, 2001, GBC)
Music by Koji Kondo, Minako Adachi
Songs:
"Level 7: Jabu Jabu's Belly"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Cinematic
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Piano, Saxophone, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Collaboration

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Duration:
3:47
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