EPIC++!! Newcomer Kelly Andrew (www.kelly-andrew.com) debuts with a strong, cinematic, orchestral LttP arrangement that the panel was unanimously & justifiably digging; the artist writes:
"It is my great pleasure to submit a little something to this wonderful site -- a site I have visited many times over the years and fully support. So here it is in honor of your site and Koji Kondo.
Despite the heavy Star Wars influence, the Death Mountain/Skull Woods theme has always been one of my favorites from the game. Since the melody was suggesting "epic" to me, I figured I'd trick this up a bit with my own epic orchestral movie-trailer style spin. Hope you like it!"
So one of the things that really strikes me about this mix, on top of the excellent energy, Hollywood bombast & action-packed production values, and overall POWER, is that Kelly works in an EDM-style drop/riser @ 1'08", and there's such a HUGE expectation that it's then gonna kick into dubstep or big beat or something, but it goes RIGHT back into epic orchestral, without skipping a beat. I like it; almost like he's messing with us... but it completely works, doesn't stick out, and might only set up such strong expectations of a transition to electronic for those more familiar with production/arrangement, for all I know. At any rate, it's fun and it seemed worth singling out. Palpable closed out the vote with enthusiasm & some constructive criticism:
"Oooh, very cool treatment here. I'm surprised I haven't heard this song done in this style, because it's extremely well-suited to it. I think you did an excellent job arranging this, and the epicness is off the damn chart. Wouldn't have minded another section like 1:37, which was a wonderful change of pace, and fairly unexpected. The only things I could suggest for improvement are the string and brass articulations, which sometimes sound a little unnatural, and maybe adding a little more reverb to give a grander scope. Great work!"
Ditto all that; the judges all had some specific feedback, but none of it was remotely close to diminishing what is, by all accounts, a pretty dern badass Zelda debut - many thanks to & definitely looking forward to hearing more from Kelly in the future!
on 2017-06-08 04:04:25
Holy shit, how could I miss this epic piece? Absolutely stunning and jaw-dropping wok right here! Certainly love the dubstep-ish drops - very neat and very unexpeted. It's cool how they make you think "Ah, it's gonna be EDM now, right?" But then it instantly comes back to agressive orchestral action It also sounds like there're bits of some DKC2 themes thrown in (Kannon's Klaim and Lockjaw's Saga). But maybe it's just me Anyway, very nice job!
on 2016-10-04 00:51:12
It's really really good! Epic and energetic are the only two words I can think of to describe it.
Perfect boss battle music!
on 2014-07-22 23:52:52
It kinda reminds me of Warcraft 2s music
on 2014-07-06 20:44:05
Ok I have to say that this piece is really epic.
That is what I call a newcomer in force. Congrats bro. You did 101%.
Every moment was awesome and even the synths were astounding. Every sound well placed. Bro you are cool.
on 2014-07-06 12:57:00
Wauw, that was epic indeed. I noticed the Herman Zimmerman influences, and they do fit the track very nice. I'd almost say the only department this is not epic, is it's length; I would have liked a longer cut
on 2014-07-03 06:09:46
Ok, the Dark Mountain theme is one of my favorites fron LttP, and this is a remix this theme deserves. Awesome!
on 2014-07-02 13:31:29
A great orchestral take. Ominous!
The chorus builds up quite nicely from 1:41.
on 2014-06-27 22:30:59
Okay, now that I've caught my breath, I can safely say that the whole "epic" thing was achieved. I quite like how the melody was teased and hinted at through a good fourth of the song, only to come in with fists flying over and over again until the end. Definitely hearing the sequenced nature of the song, but like evktalo, I'm cool with it.
But man, what a ride!
on 2014-06-26 11:34:38
I had this remix on repeat at work last night. Have to say when the song "drops", it gave me chills. The good kind.
Really loving the intensity of this piece as it flows with a great tri-force. It, without a doubt, feels like a movie trailer quality track. If there is ever going to be a Legend of Zelda movie (I'm sure someone will screw that up.) this would fit it perfectly. It can even fit for an action scene.
Amazing. Simply amazing. I'm going to go listen to this on repeat some more.
on 2014-06-26 10:31:28
Grand, tense Hollywood like take Death Mountain, now this is cool. If this was used for a Zelda movie trailer, I'd have loved it. The change at 1:38 was a nice touch and I enjoyed the less booming section near the end as play-off to the rest of the mix. You could really feel the energy in this one. Solid debut.
on 2014-06-26 03:20:17
Ditto to the judges comments. To add, there's several other things I would've done to it to make it better - as I now tell that to my 2013-self. Nonetheless, I had a blast working on it. Thanks everyone for all the awesome comments and constructive criticism! I really appreciate it.
on 2014-06-25 23:30:15
One of my favorite themes from one of my favorite games, I was really impressed with this remix. The orchestral sounds are amazing, and I really like the use of 7/8 meter throughout. Key change at the end was awesome - really got me pumped!! Well done arrangement. Excellent adaptation of the theme.
on 2014-06-25 18:22:03
Really nice remix, I was rally picturing an epic action movie trailer while listening to it!
on 2014-06-25 15:55:48
This is indeed wonderful on the arrangement side alone, and I really love the huge sound as well. This is from someone who generally dislikes "epic Hollywood orchestral" style music.
Loved the sparingly used electronic elements, plus I actually like how the sequencing feels like an electronic track (maybe not a compliment if the artist was going for a realistic feel), it makes the piece feel more relentless.
The approach fits so well it makes it seem easy, while it's obviously not. Makes me want to grab the guitar and try how the arrangement would work for a rock band. Also gets time signature bonus points from me!
on 2014-06-25 15:21:17
I liked the dynamics. The break down in the middle of the piece was beautiful. I agree with the judges that the brass and string samples sounded a bit "synthy" and a tad repetitive with the percussion; But overall a win. The style felt like a movie trailer so if that is what you're going for then you did well. Welcome to OCR and thank you for this piece. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Dark Mountain Forest"
- Aggressive, Epic
- Brass, Choir, Orchestral, Strings
- Time > Tempo: Fast
- 7,630,418 bytes
- Size: 7,630,418 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 74b13c69608654f8ea4e7230926adc4c
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