ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword "Fragments of Time v.1"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, 2011, WII)
- ReMixer(s): Pumpkin King
- Composer(s): Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota, Shiho Fujii, Takeshi Hama
- Song(s): "Ballad of the Goddess", "Lost Woods", "Song of Healing"
- Posted: 2014-07-04, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): medley mellow piano solo tempo-variable
Pumpkin King (Joe Dumpe) follows up his sweet Sonic 2 solo piano late 2013 debut with another dose of the ivories, this time focusing his attention on Skyward Sword and other Zelda games with a beautiful, delicate arrangement:
"This is a piano arrangement/medley for multiple games in the Legend of Zelda franchise. It starts with the Skyward Sword theme from Skyward Sword, transitions into the "Lost Woods" theme from Ocarina of Time, then to "Song of Healing" from Majora's Mask. It then repeats the same pattern, though with more diversity and dynamics, for a proper build-up where it finally concludes with the Skyward Sword theme.
I started working on this because when I was learning some of the Zelda songs, I realized how similar they all sounded. A lot of the songs play in the same key. So I thought it would be cool to blend them together into one song, rather than having it sound strictly like a piano medley.
This is version 1, because I plan on doing different versions with different songs from the Zelda franchise. There are more songs that sound very similar and I want to do the same thing like I did with this version. I used Logic Pro as my DAW. I used the Galaxy Vintage D library for the piano sound."
Kudos on incorporating multiple themes so cohesively; Vig summed up my own reaction rather concisely:
"As far as piano mixes go, this is definitely one of the more complete and well-conceived. The arrangements are thoughtful and creative, and the overall progression of the track sounds like you thought about it rather than just noodling for a few minutes. Well done."
For any arrangement incorporating multiple themes, we do require that some degree of connective tissue & consideration be implemented regarding transition/integration, but our threshold for that is considerably below what Joe's accomplished here, where the component themes become one gorgeous & continuous whole. Judges had some constructuve criticism in terms of dynamic contrast, and I think some EQ could have crispened/sharpened things up a bit and also helped with that, but everyone agreed that the production didn't stand in the way or noticeably detract from an excellent solo piano arrangement. Really, really glad to see Joe submit another piece, which I'd say is even better than his debut, and help continue to proudly represent solo piano arrangements on OCR!!
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