ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Transient Shadows'
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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!
- Crulex on September 25, 2012
It's THAT powerful.
- DaMonz on May 25, 2011
- GravitySuitCollector on May 1, 2011
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.
- Modus on January 30, 2011
- OA on December 18, 2010
- Giga Bowser on December 17, 2010
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.
- Blackwinged Saron on December 15, 2010
I guess some of the sound choices just aren't my cup of tea.
- Martin Penwald on December 14, 2010
- Skyline Drop on December 12, 2010
Great work man.
- PROTO·DOME on December 12, 2010
- kraftboy on December 9, 2010
Excellent drumwork in particular. I enjoyed the little drum solo.
- Hylian Lemon on December 7, 2010
Well done :)
- washudoll on December 3, 2010
As for the mix really awesome and I could even tell the hints of other artists from this site that this would have probably been influenced by...
- Digi_Dude_78 on December 1, 2010
I love this mix so much, it really capitalizes on a lot of great ideas introduced in Will's past remixes and puts them all together into one delectable package. Lovin' it :-D
- Emunator on December 1, 2010