ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time "Hey, Listen"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
- ReMixer(s): Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo
- Song(s): "Above Ground", "Temple of Time", "Windmill Hut"
- Posted: 2014-08-28, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on 25YEARLEGEND: A Legend of Zelda Indie Game Composer Tribute
- Terms (BETA): chill dubstep electronic funky fusion jazzy synth
How well does Mattias Häggström Gerdt know Propellerheads' Reason? Well, they hired him. He IS a propellerhead. I know most Reason users are getting hyped for R8, coming NEXT MONTH and featuring a pretty significant overhaul of the tried-and-true one-stop-shopping approach to DAWs. Just give me a Kontakt 5 rack extension, somehow!! This rather badass Z64 jam from Z25 starts off smooth, with jazz/funk/fusion/disco affectations, but Ganon takes over @ 1'59", and he brought his DUBSTEP with him:
"Hey, listen! Don't mind the drop!
Started with some Fairlight samples and an 80's vibe, then I left it alone for a while. Got into a funk groove, then I left it alone for a while. Made a fat dubstep drop, then I left it alone for a while. Then I finished it! All made in Reason 6. I actually felt so guilty for trying out some dubstep, so I had to make up for it with live electric bass, loads of funk and "Windmill Hut." In the end, the remix became a hot mess of a track but, damn it, I like it! Hope you do too. :)"
"You can tell why Propellerheads hired Mattias, because this is a sweet display of what Reason's capable of for several genres, all while morphing and blending three Zelda themes together. It's a mix of a lot of different influences (funk, disco, jazz, OMGdubwub, ambient).
On the small touches, I loved the keyboard chords Mattias peppered throughout the track, which added a lot of character for the "Temple of Time" treatment. This had a good funk approach with both "Temple of Time" and the classic Overworld theme for the first half before shifting to dubstep from 1:44-2:13 and returning to "Temple of Time" before a well-timed drop in the energy. The dropoff at 2:27 introed by the strings was swanky, and led to a nice rendition of "Windmill Hut" to close it. Among a stacked lineup of fellow indie VGM composers recruited by Roger "Rekcahdam" Hicks, Mattias made his mark on 25YEARLEGEND. There's nothing else like "Hey, Listen" - nice and smoove with a dash of aggressive. :-)"
Agreed on all counts; with three source tunes and at least three genres, this is a veritable musical triforce in its own right, and made an incredibly strong album incredibly stronger. Fantastic work from Mattias on this genre & source blending master class, which shows us what he can do AND what Reason can do - not only tremendnously impressive, but also exceedingly fun!