ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess "Lady of the Lake"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, 2006, WII)
- ReMixer(s): Chimpazilla
- Composer(s): Asuka Hayazaki, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
- Song(s): "Lake Hylia"
- Posted: 2014-08-28, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): ambient choir easy-listening harp mellow piano timesig-3-4 timesig-variable
So mellow, so tranquil... while there's a signature shift & segue into some more upbeat material at the midway marker, this new age & dance arrangement from Chimpazilla is generally a relaxing ride, with ethereal, angelic choral, harp, string, and pad elements:
"I initially wrote this song in June 2012 after I bought Omnisphere. I wanted to try out my new gorgeous sounds and I couldn't think of a better source to remix than beautiful Lake Hylia from Twilight Princess. If I could jump into the video game and live there forever, I'd set up a little cabin at Lake Hylia and live there happily, enjoying the lake and taking the occasional cucco ride to grab rupees.
The track started out in 3/4 like the source, and the idea for the transition to 4/4 came to me in a sudden flash at 3:00am one morning. So I wrote the whole arrangement in a few days, but then I set the song aside for over a year until I felt qualified to spiff it up properly and bring it up to submission quality. Hopefully I've done that. My favorite part of this entire remix is the little solo choirboy. If you listen carefully at precisely 3:05, his voice actually seems to crack a little bit! I don't know how that happened, but I absolutely love it.
Super thanks to WillRock, timaeus222, and Jason Covenant for holding my hand through the final mix/master process. I learned so much on this mix. Also thanks to Eradicate for his helpful comments back in June 2012 in the WIP forum. (Where did you go, Eradicate?) The track is lower in source usage than I thought… which surprised me, since it started out to be basically a cover! Hopefully you will feel, as I do, that I've captured the essence of the beauty of Lake Hylia in Twilight Princess. Thanks for listening!"
"Kristina's remix indeed captures the tranquility and delicate beauty of the Lake Hylia song. Strings and guitar from the original are replaced with piano and harp, with a light beat, warm pads, and bass to back them up. It sounds like a dream, and for the first half, Kristina tries hard not to break that spell, sticking closely to the source with only a few flourishes here and there. The second half double-times the drums which adds a new dimension to the piece, almost approaching jazz. It's great to see the newer Zelda games tackled, and since the harp is a mainstay of the Zelda OSTs, this instantly conjures memories of those games."
Between Kris & Vinnie, I think most of the salient points were covered. I read the submission comments before listening to the track, so I kept waiting for the time signature transition, apprehensive about how it would be handled, but it turned out to be a non-event - which is a good thing. While the arrangement IS essentially bisected into a flowing, waltzish half and a soft-pop/dance half, the tone remains calm and pleasant, and shared instrumentation Links the two sides. I can see why Vinnie also mentions jazz, in my mind primarily because of the brush kit used on the drums. The solo choral boy sample has some uncanny valley issues where the realism dips due to repeated attacks/intervals, but it's nothing major, and it ups the heavenly soundscape ante. Probably Chimpazilla's best work yet, this aims for a specific feel and pretty much nails it, offering something pastoral & serene while keeping it fresh & interesting with a structural shift!
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