ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Full Moon Cello"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Theophany
- Composer(s): Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
- Song(s): "The Tail Cave"
- Posted: 2010-12-13, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: Threshold of a Dream
- Terms (BETA): ambient cello dark orchestral strings
Friends, Hylians, countrymen (and women)... I'm proud to announce the release of our 20th album, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: Threshold of a Dream!!
You can download the whole album or check out individual tracks over at http://threshold.ocremix.org, or just grab the torrent and get seedin' forthwith. As always, we rely on your courage, bravery, and willingness to shamelessly assist us in promoting this album throughout Koholint Island, including the towns of Twitter and Facebook and the village of Wherever Else You Think Appropriate. Project director Bradley Burr worked long and hard to save this album from the brink of extinction, and the many artists that have contributed (over the many years) have done a great job in creating a dark, brooding atmosphere. Unlike recent albums, the direction here was specifically to maintain a certain style & aesthetic, keeping things (relatively) ominous and mysterious. The album also represents a number of personal and public firsts - Brad writes:
"This project includes several firsts, including my first project song ever completed. It's also the first project for Lashmush, sloopygoop, Sound Test, Artem Bank, and Ten19. It represents the first OCR album focused solely on a handheld game, and the first based on the Game Boy. Lastly, it represents the first official remix project based on the iconic Zelda series."
Very cool. Brad wasn't the original director for Threshold, but he saw it through to completion and I think the end result is a compelling, cohesive journey. Props also to Caleb Winters on the lovely website, José the Bronx Rican on the splendiferous trailer, Aetherius on the original concept, and Larry as always for helping with the release & logistics. Of course, that would all be moot without the music; a great blend of familiar artists & fresh faces came forth to do battle against Dethl, and the first of three debut mixes up today is from Theophany, whose sole previous mix dates from way back in April of 2004. Jason writes:
"Tail Cave isn't the easiest, most melodic track to remix, it's kind of nebulous and slow moving, so it was surprisingly cool to see Scott Peeples made a dance track out of it. I think it's hard to compete with a dance/trance oriented track when you're going for an ambient or chilled out kind of feeling, but on the flip side, I kind of feel like there's quite a lot of electronica and energetic work on the site already, so hopefully people who aren't into that as much will really appreciate this album, and our takes on the source material. I certainly will."
And so will I - very open, almost Zen space created by the intro, with chromatic percussion and rhythmic, cross-panned percussion droplets. An acoustic kit doing some nice funky jazz patterns enters along with cello and violin on melody, and the overall vibe is expansive, contemplative, and cinematic. It's an interesting pairing of assorted percussive attacks with classical instrumentation, and then loose, groovy drums, painting a picture that's dark overall but has a serene dignity and rhythmic animation to it. Brad comments:
"I really enjoy this track, every time I hear it. For those who are wondering why there are a total of three Tail Cave tracks on this project, it's because after years of no one touching that track, three people submitted a first WIP within a week. I held an open competition as to who could make the best track, and I felt that this was clearly the best of the three, both in fitting into the genre guideline and in the journey it takes you through. I'm particularly a fan of the drum programming and effects."
I think this mix speaks well for the album; it's not instant gratification in terms of being particularly danceable electronica or forceful metal, but it explores the source and creates this really uncertain, suspenseful atmosphere, not unlike the transitive state between wakefulness and sleep - as the album title suggests. Great to see Theophany back on OCR, and great to see Threshold of a Dream finally become a reality!
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