ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "The Feather's Reflection"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Rexy
- Composer(s): Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
- Song(s): "Eagle's Tower"
- Posted: 2011-12-15, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: Threshold of a Dream
- Terms (BETA): dark piano solo solo-piano
Rexy sends in her dark solo piano arrangement from an equally dark album:
"This is my contribution for the recent Zelda project Threshold of a Dream, a piano interpretation for Eagle's Tower. I got involved with the project when Aetherius revived it for phase 2 of its development span back in fall 2005, and unlike most remixers there was something about the genre restrictions that interested me for some reason.
So upon succeeding with the audition, he suggested I have a go at Eagle's Tower, knowing my nature as a player back then. A lot of my isolated feelings still carried over from earlier that year still seemed to transfer over in my playing style, though by some coincidence it also ended up portraying a feeling of looking into a mirror on the hopes of boosting one's ego, but rather seeing a manifestation of yourself back at you - kind of providing a feeling of self-esteem and lack thereof."
Not what I would call light listening - some solo piano arrangements are mellow, some are beautiful, some are jazzy, but relatively few are dark & cloudy, which is how I'd describe the general vibe here. Overcast, even. Which is completely appropriate for the album and jives with Bev's comments, just don't come in expecting toe-tapping or daydreaming... this is more in the introspective category, perhaps even cross-filed under "going quietly insane" ;) Deia weighs in:
"This is pretty cool, and you've done a lot of good work with a strange source. The title is pretty apt, this has a sort of reflective, mysterious feel to it, which is a lot of fun to listen to. I'd say that this does run a little long, but it still does manage to stay pretty varied throughout, and the source connection is there."
I concur that 5+ minutes may have stretched things a hair, but it's not egregious. halc adds:
"I'm not a huge solo piano buff, but this was arguably one of my favorites tracks off Threshold, and one of the most nostalgic of the bunch imo. very moody, reflective arrangement. nice stuff."
The piece speaks representatively for the album, which was itself moody and reflective, and I think it also speaks well for how Rexy's solo piano skills have improved - a long time ago there were some issues with her timing sounding quantized or mechanical, but this mix has very human, emotive dynamics that make it work. Pensive, foreboding stuff from Rexy that contributed to the overall concept for Threshold.
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