ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 'Skyward'
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, 2011, WII)
- ReMixer(s): C418
- Composer(s): Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota, Shiho Fujii, Takeshi Hama
- Song(s): 'Ballad of the Goddess'
- Posted: 2011-11-24, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute
Very cool that his own most famous soundtrack just received its first ReMix, and less than a week later, we're posting a ReMix by its composer! Funny how things work out. This mellow, somber mix, while heavily anchored around solo piano, also works in some beautiful strings, bells, winds, plucked & choral textures that swell into a gorgeous accompaniment. Director Roger Hicks writes:
"Skyward has to be the most calming track on the album! The piano work is very well structured and the use of the strings are perfect! This is another track that could have been an official Zelda track. Very well done."
This feels like watching a sunrise & a sunset at the same time... ascension, possibility, and transcendence, but tempered with a calming, deliberate pace & even a sense of closure. It's simple, it's humble, but it's also emotional and direct, and I love that the secondary instruments stay out of the way but form a collective entity that completely supports the piano. A beautiful ReMix, and a beautiful end to our flood of 25YEARLEGEND tracks - enjoy your holiday, enjoy the music, and thanks to Roger, all the 25YL artists, and everyone else for making this another great Thanksgiving for OCR!
- JDFX on March 4, 2012
- ryankeeton on December 27, 2011
While the original "Ballad of the Goddess" was seen as a very dynamic piece of music, C418 on the other hand managed to take it in a more chilled direction bearing similarities to his Minecraft score. That to me is definitely not a bad thing; it to me defines his more heartfelt style, and to see it being realised here in this performance shows how much the series meant to him by paying tribute with the skills he gathered.
Of course, while it does play straightforward with the structure of the arrangement, a lot had been done towards the subtleties for the instruments surrounding the piano to give it a more realised and moving direction. The strings in particular felt rather lush and well utilised, and even the subtleties on the horns - though a little constant - managed to fill in some good space on the lower end. I did however hear a foot pedal being caught on during one of the breaks (which as a pianist myself is never a good sign when doing renders), but it could only be seen as a minor slip amongst an otherwise fitting atmosphere.
Regardless, well done again C418 for representing the indie community both with Minecraft and your links with other composers! Hopefully we'll get to see you grace OCR's hallowed halls again, whether it be others' mixes of your work or you doing more mixes yourself :D
- Rexy on December 11, 2011
- GravitySuitCollector on December 2, 2011
PS: I love Minecraft's music. ;-)
- Nonamer on December 2, 2011
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- Grawr on November 24, 2011
- djpretzel on November 24, 2011