ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Transient Shadows" 3:05

By WillRock

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Dark World"

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

Posted 2010-11-27, evaluated by the judges panel


Fresh off his solo piano departure mix, WillRock writes:

"This all started off with listening to lots of zircon music, and listening to the awesome sound he gets out of his drums. So I heard that he layers lots of different samples together to create a powerful drum kit, which I do on occasion, but this time I tried layering more stuff down and got a powerful drum sound which was the foundation for this remix.

Emunator deserves credit for naming the remix (took him about two seconds, wish I could name things that fast)"

I've heard Andy talk about layering drums before, and probably a decade before that, I think I read some interview in Keyboard magazine where someone was saying the exact same thing - you want beefy, powerful drum tracks, layering is a great technique. Mr. Harby intros with darker pad clusters, then filters in a repeating trance riff before bringing in drums with a high hooverish fall. Then the familiar 'Dark World' melody comes in on lead synth and everything clicks. From there, the lead goes soaring into pattern-heavy riffage territory, with speedpeggios galore, and it's quite the fun ride. AnSo writes:

"Pretty easy decision for me. Nice personalization both rhythmically, structurally and melodically. Definitely got a great sound, REALLY nice drums. If you're gonna copy someone Zircon is pretty much THE guy. ;) Nice soloing as per usual. This time around I also thought pretty much ALL your sounds were a perfect fit too, something that wasn't always the case before. Crisp, clear, interpretive and positively face-melting. Two thumbs and my big toe up!"

But which big toe? Or is that... a euphemism? OA echoed the sentiments:

"I think these drums are actually working way better than your normal semi-real sound you use. Definitely something you may want to explore further, because it is definitely working for you. The source is very prominent, with the exception of some really nice breaks and transition sections. Drums solo was cool and unexpected, and of course the synth solo was badass. I would actually demand my money back if a Willrock track didn't have a great solo, but so far it's always been there. Ending ramped up the excitement really well into a great finish."

What they said; this is a pretty popular theme that's been mixed a lot, but this particular arrangement is electro-indulgence and synth hero goodness at WillRock's finest, so it definitely crafts its own identity. It's a fun, familiar ride, and WillRock's upped his drum ante and applied layering techniques effectively; excellent stuff!

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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timaeus222
on 2014-08-04 13:10:34
It does sound partially like old school Zircon. You can tell Willrock took some inspiration from Clash at the Mountains.

Yeah, that I hear. Clash at the Mountains is one I haven't heard more than a few times. :-P

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Argle
on 2014-08-04 12:38:50
Hehe, I don't really get how this sounds like zircon. These drums feel like his typical 80's style. This is *good* in many, many ways, but IMO, it just sounds like Will's usual awesome self. :)

It does sound partially like old school Zircon. You can tell Willrock took some inspiration from Clash at the Mountains.

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timaeus222
on 2014-08-03 00:31:16

Hehe, I don't really get how this sounds like zircon. These drums feel like his typical 80's style. This is *good* in many, many ways, but IMO, it just sounds like Will's usual awesome self. :)

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Crulex
on 2012-09-25 09:35:09

A fantastic Dark World ReMix. Great performance by Willrock as usual. I really liked that synth, and the production sounds amazing. Good work.

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DaMonz
on 2011-05-25 10:25:41

Giga Bowser fused with Ganon and Chuck Norris, using a Falcon Punch AND a roundhouse kick at the SAME TIME, after grinding to level 1337.

It's THAT powerful.

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GravitySuitCollector
on 2011-05-01 02:39:31

Great job (and name :B). I love the mix, although, the lead synth does feel a bit too tinny at times. Keep it up please; your work is great. :nicework:

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Modus
on 2011-01-30 15:55:46

Loooooove this O_O

The lead at :26 somehow fits perfectly to me. I really think you pulled off using a cheesy, awful sample in a way that somehow made it badass. Some people I've shared this with hate the intentional use of cheesy samples, but they were used so intelligently and the patterns are anything but simple...

Screw them, this is fantastic.

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OA
on 2010-12-18 17:39:03

another great willrock track- excellent work dude. :D

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Giga Bowser
on 2010-12-17 20:23:54

I remember this when it was in the wip congratz on getting it accepted on oc willrock ^^

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Blackwinged Saron
on 2010-12-15 20:03:25

yet another willrock mix that went onto my ipod before i even listened to it...came up at random...and i went "FUUCK! Who did...-look-...oh, yeah LOL"

Dude i have loved your work since your green hills mix so long ago...did that one post BTW? Don't care, i have it anyway.

Just do what you do man, I will always be a fan.

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-12-14 13:09:51

Starts out with a very space-y synth, but I can't say I'm much of a fan of the lead synth coming in at 0:26; I find it rather annoying. The synth taking over the lead at 0:46 is much more to my liking; has a sound somewhere between an 80's synth and something you'd hear in a 16-bit game. Much better. And finally, I'm on the fence about the synth solo starting around 2:10. Don't get me wrong, the way it's used is great, but the sound of it barely manages to stay on this side of the borderline between good and piercing/annoying.

I guess some of the sound choices just aren't my cup of tea.

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Skyline Drop
on 2010-12-12 23:55:58

I think I heard this one a *long* time ago in the workshop remixes. It's pretty cool to hear the fully fleshed out version, and I can definitely hear the marriage of Zircon's and WillRock's sounds here. It's pretty much all kinds of awesome.

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PROTO·DOME
on 2010-12-12 17:11:11

Oh man, production is ace. Intrumentation is ace. Solos synths are awesome. This is everything good about Willrock's music in one song.

Great work man.

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kraftboy
on 2010-12-09 02:09:00

Simply sublime (though the backdoor of asskicking) solo work. Really dug the lead syth solos here.

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Hylian Lemon
on 2010-12-07 15:15:34

This remix makes me drive faster than I should.

Excellent drumwork in particular. I enjoyed the little drum solo.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

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Genre:
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

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MD5:
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:05

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