ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Unsealed"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): CarboHydroM
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo
- Song(s): "Battle with Ganon", "Church", "Dark Mountain Forest", "Dark World", "Dark World Dungeon", "Ending (Staff Roll)", "Forest", "Hyrule Castle", "Kakariko Village", "Master Sword Demo", "Opening Demo", "Overworld", "Priest", "Princess Zelda's Rescue", "Sanctuary Dungeon", "The Goddess Appears", "Title"
- Posted: 2014-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): aggressive duration-long electric-guitar epic medley metal prog-rock rock synth tempo-variable
MEGARRANGEMENT!! CarboHydroM!! For OCR02900 we've got 20+ minutes (!!!) of badass Zelda rock from Christophe Blondel that you're gonna love. First, for such a monster, a source breakdown is mandatory:
0:00 - "Title"
0:21 - "Opening Demo"
1:15 - "Hyrule Castle" (1)
2:23 - "Overworld"
3:17 - "Kakariko Village"
4:43 - "Sanctuary Dungeon"
6:08 - "Forest"
6:40 - "Master Sword Demo"
6:55 - "Church"
8:04 - "Hyrule Castle" (2)
9:15 - "Dark World" (1)
10:12 - "The Goddess Appears" (1)
10:38 - "Dark World" (2)
11:08 - "The Goddess Appears" (2)
11:38 - "Dark World Dungeon"
13:12 - "Dark Mountain Forest"
14:59 - "Princess Zelda's Rescue"
15:36 - "Priest"
16:06 - "Battle with Ganon"
17:06 - "Credits"
Next, let's see what CHM himself has to say:
"So this big thing is my musical play through the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It's actually a fully re-engineered version of my 2005 Dwelling of Duels entry that goes by the same name. I went through this again for the sole purpose of properly celebrating 10 years of activity within this awesome remixing community.
The opening Triforce jingle is a short prologue showing the listener what to expect: I blended the original note sequence from the game with a transcribed version using high-quality sounds, to reflect the quality transformation of the whole arrangement.
The overall structure remains the same as it was, with most of Koji Kondo's original soundtrack being revisited in the gameplay order, but it underwent a full instrumental reworking along with in-depth harmonic and rhythmic upgrades. As a result, the song is also longer than before, mostly because of time signature and tempo adjustments. A complete breakdown of all the changes is probably unnecessary, but below are various specific ones I can think of:
- An organ is now playing alongside the other instruments during the whole song or so
- Both dungeons' themes now feature a more progressive approach
- Full reprogramming of the drums
- Emphasised ska section in "Kakariko"
- A few playful pauses or silly melody alterations such as the one in "Hyrule Castle" (2)
- Guitars play richer stuff than before
- Overall better production
Fun fact: to complete this, I've recorded more than 2400 instrument takes, as usual for the sake of hunting the magical accidents that uplift each part of the song - especially on the leads.
Thanks for taking the time to process this. :)"
A truly monumental undertaking and a stunning tribute to one of the very best Zelda soundtracks, this is a testament to the lengths & extents of musical fandom and an unrelenting wallop of awesome. Larry's got a lot to add so I'mma step out the way:
"Well, damn. Here's our 7th OC ReMix longer than 10 minutes and our FIRST longer than 20. How did it get here??? So KyleJCrb, as a heavy enthusiast and evangelist of rock & metal VGM arrangers, hosted an episode of Nitro Game Injection where he paid tribute to CarboHydroM with a show featuring several of CHM's arrangements as well as Christophe's latest original rock & chiptune album Prime Legacy (available on OverClocked Records). Kyle also clued me into the fact that Christophe was also going to be debuting a NEW version of his 20-minute Dwelling of Duels piece "Unsealed" for the show and once I heard it I DEFINITELY had to tap on CHM's shoulder to see if he'd be willing to send it our way. Sufficed to say, he was all about submitting it, and here we be, crowning a NEW king of "Longest OC ReMix." :-)
If Prince uf Darkness's 12-minute "Dancing Mad" mix or OverClocked Assembled's 13-minute Smash bros. medley didn't make it clear, longer tracks have been fair game at OCR for years now. We'll always want ANY tracks anywhere near this long to be very focused, cohesive and oriented towards VGM rather than mainly original, non-VGM writing, but "Unsealed" absolutely fits that bill and then some with smooth transitions between themes (easy to overlook), excellent personalization of the Zelda material, and impeccable mixing that lets the individual parts shine together with synergy.
The original DoD version of "Unsealed" was a tour de force of A Link to the Past's music, but this new, definitive version was tweaked, polished, and performed nicely to celebrate Christophe's 10 years in the VGM arrangement community. Congrats to Christopher on a decade of excellence and musical growth in this scene. Let's hope he's got at least another 10 more years in him!"
Can I get a secular, non-denominational AMEN?? Amen. Extra ReMix opened their whole series of mixer/site profiles with an excellent feature on CarboHydroM, and mixes like this help show why. This mix is large and in charge and by virtue of its sheer girth is resistant to traditional forms of commentary, so all I can say is:
- Keep enjoying...
- (checks watch)
- Continue enjoyment...
- When you're done, consider supporting CHM by picking up Prime Legacy - 12 tracks for $2+!!
- Supreme props to Christophe for a decade of great music!
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