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!
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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
- 7,615,205 bytes
- Size: 7,615,205 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: c450f99ccf547874938571a0b71004a5
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