ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Face Your Nightmares"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Hylian Lemon
- Composer(s): Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
- Song(s): "Ballad of the Wind Fish", "Face Shrine", "Shadow Battles"
- Posted: 2014-07-31, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Legacy: Game Boy 25th Anniversary
We'll resume a little later in the day with a couple more flood mixes, but for now enjoy ONE more - an excellent chiptune tribute to Link's Awakening, one of the classic soundtracks of the console AND the franchise, from Hylian Lemon, who's no stranger when it comes to Zelda & the Game Boy ;) Director Brandon Strader writes:
"Ben, or Hylian Lemon, is an awesome fellow who cheats at Mario Kart. He also cheats at chiptune, as this epic opus of beepy sounds can attest to. But who cares whether someone uses a tracker, or other source of chip-inspired sounds? What matters is that Ben always delivers an amazing song, and he always does it in an unbelievably quick fashion. The level of detail always impresses me, and I hope to be able to ask Ben to make remixes for more albums or projects in the future. Real top gentleman."
In case you've never visited OCR before ever in your life or simply haven't previously read anything written by Mr. Strader - yes, he's a bit... eccentric. Mr. Lemon gives us some backstory:
"As much as I love the Oracles, it's about time I arranged something from a different Zelda. I mixed these three sources together as a MIDI about 9 years ago, and I figured I'd take a fresh crack at them in a completely different style: 9-bit chiptune. Wow, what a surprise."
Ben's a great arranger, he's consistently been upping his production game and getting better at DEM CHIPS, and I'm thinking this mix will be quite popular due to the combination of both those talents into a rolling, funky groove that sings, chirps, crunches, and surprises. Super-creative stuff @ 2'22" on "Wind Fish" - recognizable, but REALLY sexy modification to close things out; source works quite well over a syncopated groove. Link's Awakening is a crown jewel in the Game Boy's library; a compelling argument can be made that it's the best game on the platform. In other words, the stakes were high to represent its soundtrack on an album that is in turn representing & paying homage to the system itself. Ben came through big time with a ReMix that meets this challenge head-on and covers quite a bit of ground in just over three minutes. Superb stuff!!
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