ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Thunderstruck'
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
- ReMixer(s): Big Giant Circles, some1namedjeff
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo
- Song(s): 'Above Ground', 'Lost Woods', 'Windmill Hut'
- Posted: 2011-11-22, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute
PRE-THANKSGIVING SURPRISE! I'm proud to announce the immediate availability of our 29th arrangement album, 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute!
Covering the entire Zelda series, all the way up to the just-released Skyward Sword, this album celebrates twenty-five years (!!) of amazing adventure & soundtracks that have always set the barometer for VGM. Director Roger Hicks (aka Rekcahdam - Celestial Mechanica, rComplex) writes:
"25YEARLEGEND started as a small indie session, but quickly grew into a massive project with the help of all the indie artists involved. Each featured composer has worked on a notable project in the indie game community while being influenced by the music of Zelda some time in their lives. Hopefully this project will make the 25th anniversary of Zelda that much more enjoyable!"
Featuring Zelda ReMixes from indie game composers like Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies), C418 (Minecraft), Disasterpeace (Fez), SoulEye (VVVVVV) and MORE, the roster also includes composers who have been staples of the OC ReMix community for years, such as judges Mattias Häggström Gerdt (Scrolls, Cobalt) & Big Giant Circles (Mass Effect 2 - not quite indie, but nobody's perfect!) and Joshua Morse (Onslaught, Pocket Pirates). This isn't the place to talk about everyone who chipped in on this album and how awesome they all are, but you need to get over to http://zelda25.ocremix.org, or start grabbing the torrent, or both, and HEAR what they've accomplished. There's a great variety & some really interesting perspectives on 25YEARLEGEND, and the idea of indie game composers coming together to honor a classic franchise that's been a pillar in the world of VGM is both coherent and relevant. Roger's also put together an amazing trailer that really captures the fresh, unique flavor of this album. While 25YEARLEGEND didn't originate within the OC ReMix community, both the arrangements themselves & the overall spirit of the album echo everything that we're about, and I'm extremely proud to be publishing it. That so many artists on the roster have already established themselves as ReMixers here on OCR only reenforces the synergy (yep, I dropped the S-bomb) and crossover that can & SHOULD happen between the VGM fan community and game composers, indie & otherwise.
Speaking of "otherwise," what's this Big Giant Circles bloke doing on an indie game composer album? Mass Effect 2, SSF2T:HDR... those ain't exactly indie games, brah. Well, he's actually got SOME indie cred, and I'm sure he'll get more, so it's all good. I wonder if he can manage to pimp his new (brilliant) album in his track comments ;) - he writes:
"I've been on a chiptune(ish) high ever since conception and release of my album Impostor Nostalgia (http://music.biggiantcircles.com/album/impostor-nostalgia), and coincidentally while writing the track "Fight the Current," I noticed it bore a similar chord progression at times to the infamous Windmill Hut theme from OoT. So after coming aboard the project, I pulled up the same project file and began altering things to make it what it is. Hence, if you compare the remix to "Fight the Current" side by side, you'll easily hear the recycled parts. Jeff Ball was kind enough to offer some live violin to supercede the sampled violin I originally used, and the emotion that his performance added really upped the quality by 110% to me."
So that wasn't really gratuitous pimpage since it included a mea culpa about track resemblance - but what about the mix? Well, it's badass, doncha know... shuffling, uptempo chip intro starts us off, then things kick in and it's a blend of chiptune, electronica, rock, orchestral, and bubblegum, and it's all out of bubblegum. That doesn't even make sense, I know, but it doesn't matter since Jimmy hit this out of the park, and Jeff's violin absolutely soars. This one's a classic, through-and-through, and to belabor the point is unnecessary. Enjoy it, and enjoy ALL of 25YEARLEGEND - for many of you, this album is coming out of left field and is probably a complete surprise, but I think you're gonna agree that it's a very, very, very, very, VERY good one!
Terilis DA;896940 wrote: This was the very first OCRemix I had EVER heard, and I never get tired of listening to it. I almost like to think of it as a theme song... but I hope to compose my own someday. As my title says, it is truly, TRULY epic.
Wow, what a youngblood. :-) Always cool to hear what other fans discover first. You never know how relatively new it'll be!
- Liontamer on February 24, 2013
- Terilis DA on December 20, 2012
Koriantor;827467 wrote: After listening to Imposter Nostalgia it gets a little difficult listening to the borrowed part. I listen to it and expect to hear the wrong song!
on the contrary, i find that sample to be fitting, well executed, and generally awesome (though i may be a little biased, as "fight the current" happens to be my favorite Impostor Nostalgia track)
- champ the hippie on December 16, 2011
Other than that little minor tiny thing, this mix is a blast! When you said live violin's make such a difference Jimmy you were right. Solid mix!
- Koriantor on December 12, 2011
- Flam1ng Dem0n on December 7, 2011
- Helios42 on December 2, 2011
- Modus on December 1, 2011
- Locke on November 26, 2011
- Bahamut on November 24, 2011
- SwordBreaker on November 24, 2011
Violin is great :D
- Kuolema on November 23, 2011
- ArmadonRK on November 23, 2011
I'm not a big fan of the zelda series but i love the song of storms
The chip tunes were a great hook.
Then the thunder starts and this remix becomes truly badass
the violin with the chiptune in the background was a great idea pulled off really well.
This is gonna stay on my mp3 for all time, its that good.
Well done guys :D
- psychowolf on November 23, 2011
- Scaredsim on November 23, 2011
Shake;822595 wrote: indie game composer?
What does that even mean? Is that like the t-shirt in No More Heroes that said ''Underground alternative mainstream punk rock pop star''?
I know, I know, but this is really bugging me.
It means "someone who writes/has written music for a game that was created by a person/company that was not funded by a publisher" :)
- big giant circles on November 23, 2011