ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess "Hero's Rest"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, 2006, WII)
- ReMixer(s): Chimpazilla, Jordanrooben
- Composer(s): Asuka Hayazaki, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
- Song(s): "Boss Defeated"
- Posted: 2014-11-08, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): collab downtempo easy-listening electronic harp ingame-fx mellow sound-fx synth woodwinds
A mellow, relaxing beat anchors this synth-pop/downtempo collab from Chimpazilla & Jordanrooben. These two previously collaborated on a similarly mellow/new-age Twilight Princess mix, and now they're back for more - and so are we. Kris writes:
"Jordan sent me his WIP for this song, asking for a critique. Jordan has a great knack for capturing the feel of the source he's arranging, so once again (as with our previous collab, "Forest of Purple Mist"), I fell in love with his arrangement and unique ideas, and I asked if I could join in. After many hours spent, and many changes, improvements, arrangement expansions and new ideas added, this is the result. At this point, Jordan and I are both thrilled with it.
This is Jordan's vision for the song: "Morpheel has just been defeated, Link is exhausted from the battle and the rigors of the water temple, the fused shadow piece is floating on the ground and Midna is hovering nearby. It's one step closer to saving the world, but ruin is still around the corner and, to make matters worse, the journey is far from being over. You catch your breath, listen to the music, and plan your next move."
I realize this is a fairly liberal arrangement, as would be necessary with a short source such as this. I left out some source usage that I didn't think we could justify, although the entire track was written with the source components fully in mind. Hopefully you will enjoy it and agree that we've captured the feel of the original! As a bonus, 0:02 to 0:20 contains actual Twilight Princess SFX: Link huffing, hearts refilling, Midna "talking," and actual Morpheel ambiance. 4:21 to 4:25 is the Twilight Princess "warp out" SFX. If that helps. ;-)"
Honestly, if you liked their previous collab, you'll probably dig this as well - relaxed vibe that still works in some melodic change-ups & movement. The source is a comfortable, "sigh-of-relief" style piece that suits its original context quite well; it's been expanded on and given a bit more structure for this transformation. I liked Flexstyle's self-aware comments:
"Reminds me strongly of some of the stuff that's getting put out by some of the more forward-thinking post-EDM people right now, e.g. Porter Robinson. Oh jeez...that was such a hipster sentence. I'm sorry. Anyways, it's soothing in its own way, even if it's a bit more driving than not. Good production from what I can hear on these headphones, and I dig the way you've kept the melody fresh throughout. Not much else to say--clearly over the bar!"
Let's follow up with a judgequote from panel newcomer Brent Wollman:
"Cleanly produced, cheerfully rearranged... clearly over the bar. I'm gonna echo what Larry said about wanting to hear some more rhythmic variation. It is quite straight forward in that regard. However, you've got smooth sound design, well done dynamic shifts, and an interesting rearrangement. Nice buildup in the intro. Tasteful variation of timbre throughout the mix... a very cohesive track"
Agreed; while nothing outrageous, this ReMix does a really good job creatively arranging a pleasant source that, while from a popular game, is a less obvious choice from the OST. Kudos to Chimpazilla & Jordanrooben for another sweet Twilight Princess collab that's hard not to like!
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