ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Link's Epoch"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Joshua Morse
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo
- Song(s): "Overworld", "Princess Zelda's Rescue"
- Posted: 2011-11-22, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute
- Terms (BETA): brass funk funky orchestral strings tempo-fast woodwinds world
As part of the original lineup that Roger put together, Danny B was originally going to have a track on 25YEARLEGEND, but he couldn't pull it together in time before Minecon, which made me cry tears of solid babies. I recovered, though, and there was still enough time to see if Mr. Morse could work his refined, prodigal magic on the Zelda franchise, which he has previously avoided. Joshua's an indie composer, too, after all, and I felt like 25YL could use a bit of his siganture jams to go with the rest of its vision. When he heard JM's orchestral-ethnic-funk medley, Roger agreed:
"This track fits right in the pocket of funk and triggers a really nasty case of nostalgia. Josh, you nailed this one!"
Honestly, it'd be a pretty big deal, in my mind, if ALL we were posting today was Joshua Morse's first Zelda ReMix - it's always fun when established mixers arrange games/series that they've somehow managed to skip over the years, for whatever reason. We are of course releasing an entire ALBUM of amazing Zelda mixes, but JM's contribution definitely adds his unique flavor to the larger work. He writes:
"My main goal with this arrangement was to bring out the (subjective) natural flavors of the main theme. The B section always struck me with an Arabic vibe. I tried to capitalize on that by bringing out some ethnic flavors in those sections, but not in a way that would deter from the feel of the original source."
It's a subtle twist; things remain recognizable throughout, but you can definitely sense something's been altered. With a melody as familiar as this, any major changes are going to stick way, way out - not necessarily a bad thing, but it also means there's room for some more nuanced modifications. Morse doesn't completely trick out the themes, but the changes in timing & intonation allow Kondo's melodies to sound completely at home in their new, funkier, ethnically-infused surrounding. Guitar's a nice add, and the orchestral elements are full & include a nice blend of both strings AND brass. In the short amount of time given, I feel like Morse really seized the opportunity & lended his A game to a mix that makes 25YEARLEGEND a more complete vision, and I'm glad Roger was completely open to the late-breaking addition!
We'll be posting more soon, but that concludes our four-mix introduction to 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute - I'd like to thank Roger for working with us to release this album, congratulate all the talented indie game composers who contributed their amazing arrangements, and of course send out the mad QUARTER-CENTURY anniversary props to Nintendo, Zelda, Koji Kondo, and all the other composers who have contributed to a truly legendary franchise!
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