ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons "Pluvia Veris"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Nintendo, 2001, GBC)
- ReMixer(s): Rexy, Zorlaxseven
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo, Minako Adachi
- Song(s): "Horon Village"
- Posted: 2014-06-09, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on The Legend of Zelda: Lime of the Season
- Terms (BETA): collab mellow piano solo solo-piano tempo-slow
To start the week off we've got a lovely, delicate solo piano collab arrangement off Lime of the Season from Rexy & newcomer ZorlaxSeven (Santiago Estrada); the latter writes:
"Since I'm not very good with words, I'll try to keep this short. This is my remix of the Horon Village theme from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for Hylian Lemon's Lime of the Season album. First, I'd like to mention that Rexy did all of the production for this song, so she should be credited alongside me. I gave her a MIDI and score of the song, and she not only recorded it for me, but she also fleshed out a lot of the sections for me. She really did an amazing job.
The point of Lime of the Season is to remix music from Oracle of Seasons with seasons as a thematic focus, so this song fits right in. The name of the song, "Pluvia Veris," translates (loosely) from Latin to "Springtime Rain." This is the image I try to capture with this song. Lastly, I'd like to thank Ben (Hylian Lemon) for allowing me to be part of Lime of the Season (and Essence of Lime, for that matter). He is a great project coordinator, and has helped my music reach fruition time and time again. I'd also like to give a LARGE thank you to Rexy. Without her, this song definitely would not exist."
"When I received Zorlax's submission letter asking for a pianist for his arrangement, I saw it as a good opportunity to give it a go, and after having witnessed Hylian Lemon's strong dedication with Essence of Lime and his growth as a musician over the past few years, I felt being able to do something with the follow-up via Seasons would be a great opportunity to pay back to such a devoted community member, as well as a great way to help a newcomer start off on the right foot.
To be fair, I haven't played either of the Oracle titles, but, when hearing the source tune, it did spark some similarities to both "Zelda's Lullaby" and "Mabe Village" from Link's Awakening in terms of writing, which made it easier to identify with. And, true to my nature to capture feeling in my writing, the "seasons" element and Zorlax's decision to emphasize the weather made me grasp a firm idea on how to portray the performance.
Have you ever had that feeling as a child, walking hand-in-hand with your mother or father down a rainy street and wanting to just run astray in your rubber boots and splash in all the puddles? It's usually around this time that, after the harshness of the winter months, the warmer climates would suddenly make the rain feel so much more playful in nature, which is emphasized with my performance and expansions here.
I give a lot of credit to Zorlax for writing a strong arrangement out of a limited source, and I'm glad to see that it came into a finished product that we're both happy with. And as stated, Ben's dedication to the whole project is astounding and it's one that I really can't wait to see the finished production on. Thank you all for your feedback in advance!"
The initial submission had some rendering issues that Rexy thankfully fixed, prompting Mr. Palpable to enthuse:
"Yeah much better than the last version. This is a great piano sound to match the arrangement."
...which, while only a brief, two-sentence response, actually sums things up nicely. Santiago has put together a touching, emotional arrangement, and Rexy has realized that arrangement with a dynamic performance and clean recording, so nothing was lost in the process, from the original vision to the final output. Fidelity like that is always a beautiful thing; kudos to both artists for making it happen & contributing another great piece to Lime of the Season!