ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 'Shikashi's Dream'
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From newcomer David Enterlein, aka anterroir (which my brain keeps wanting is misread as 'anterior'), comes a darker, downtempo arrangement of the 'Astral Observatory' theme from Majora's Mask that brightens up towards the end. Deliberate, isolated piano introduces a stormy landscape that's filled with both uncertainty & warmth - brief, comforting moments quickly turn to darker, ominous overtones. It's a cool balance to strike, and the 2+ minute extended intro employs it well, before beats come and the tracks gets a bit more structure. Gated synths certainly get a lot of field play, a deep synth bass punctuates the rhythms, and shimmering bells express the melodic motif as choral pads accompany. The 4'59" dropout of the gated synth line was a little abrupt, and I think that particular component was ultimately overused, but overall I'm digging the mixed instrumentation and the 'slow burn' of the intro, as OA puts it:
"Cool idea to modulate the track while keeping the melody the same. The soundscape is barren but spacious, and the production is balanced, with some nice percussive textures. The song progression is very slow burning, which is not something that i'm really used to, but the track progresses and builds nonetheless."
"great arrangement here. didn't know what to think at first, but when that piano melody came in, it all clicked. theres some really great reharmonizations going on here. the mix pushes the boundaries as far as being too liberal, but quite enjoyed this overall. hope to hear some more subs from you in the future!"
Emunator also had some good pointers. Definitely a liberal arrangement, but you can hear the connectivity relatively easily, and the artist did a great job painting a dark, troubled picture with both texture AND tonality. Strong debut from anterroir with depth & development.
- anterroir on October 29, 2012
- genius11433 on October 9, 2012
- Derceto on August 22, 2012
Perhaps some more filler notes could have been used to flesh out the piano in the intro some more, though, considering the pattern in the chord technique was somewhat simple, but it's not overbearing.
The snare afterwards could have a tad more low end punch, but it's sufficient nonetheless.
The gated poly saw was interesting, but it went on for quite a long time. Maybe it could have faded out at about 4:15, but that's alright.
At 4:35, perhaps you could have added some new elements to the mix (considering it feels like the climax), as you kept a lot of them from earlier, but the mix still works well there.
Overall, great work!
- timaeus222 on August 22, 2012
It did take a while to start cooking, but just like a good roast, it's well worth the wait, and you know as it cooks from those delectable smells that you are in for a fantastic meal.
.... god I'm hungry.
- Master_Yoshi on August 22, 2012
- lemnlime on August 21, 2012
- counterpoke on August 21, 2012
Piano is great, and so are the strings. The pads used in this piece feel very good, very mellow but spacious sounding.
This piece is very cinematic sounding which I like it. Good job on creating that sort of dark atmosphere!
Yup. One of the best Zelda mixes in a while IMO, but I'm a sucker for this type of music anyways :P.
Also did I mention the gating is super cool? Because the gating is super cool.
- urdailywater on August 20, 2012
- C7 on August 20, 2012
- djpretzel on August 20, 2012