In 2012 we published our MEGA Mega Man X series album Maverick Rising, got a little more obscure with Unsung Heroes, and completed the DKC trilogy with Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! We also launched our FF6 kickstarter for Balance and Ruin, handled its subsequent removal with what grace we could, then RELAUNCHED it to even greater success!!
...and posted 209 ReMixes, while we were at it.
Outside of the very early drama in the site's history back in 2001/2002, this was by far the most stressful year for me, personally. Coordinating the kickstarter was stressful to begin with, but mitigating its removal & facilitating its resurrection probably shaved a couple years off my lifespan. It was worth it, though - fans showed us an incredible amount of support & patience, and the end result was something truly spectacular.
Our next 15th anniversary mixpost is a calming, subdued new age Zelda medley from Chimpazilla, mainly focused on Twilight Princess for the Wii:
"The song title "Wistful" really says it all about how I was feeling when I wrote this. Writing this piece was therapeutic for a sad mood. I'm always amazed how easily the Zelda themes go together without having to alter them too much. There are six sources here, all quite easily identifiable. "Midna's Lament" remains the dominant source throughout.
I don't play piano yet (although I am taking lessons!), so this track is all hand-sequenced. I tried my best to make it flow naturally, and I got lots of good critiques and advice. I feel like it still sounds a bit mechanical (and the track is somewhat sparse, which doesn't allow "mechanical" to hide), so if it does sound mechanical, I'm hopeful that the arrangement makes up for it.
Themes remixed: "Midna's Lament" (with "Saria's Song," "Zelda's Lullaby," "Song of Storms," SS "Ballad of the Goddess," TP "Hyrule Field Main Theme")
0:00-0:43 - Midna (piano)
0:43-1:08 - Midna (harp), Saria (piano, harp flourishes)
1:08-1:33 - Midna (piano/pizz cello sharing the backing arp), ZL (piano), SoS (harp)
1:33-1:58 - Midna (pizz cello playing backing arp), second half of Saria (piano), ZL (pizz viola plus glock)
1:58-2:08 - original transition
2:08-2:14 - Midna (piano playing backing arp)
2:14-2:39 - Midna (piano arp, interpreted), Goddess (harp, with viola/cello cameos)
2:39-3:04 - same as above, but with piano lead playing Midna and SoS melodies combined into one melody
3:04-3:23 - same as above, but piano is playing TP Hyrule Field (0:27-0:40 in TPHF source)
3:23-end - Midna (piano and harp)"
There are certain types of arrangements & genres where overtly quantized part-writing might be more problematic, but it really didn't bother me here. In fact, I might not have even noticed if Kris herself hadn't drawn attention to it, since the arrangement's interleaving of themes is really the focus, and is quite hypnotic. Brent writes:
"Very nice. Rearrangement is deep... the source tunes are easily identifiable but newly realized. Production is clean. You've paid careful attention to the full spectrum (all I notice is a subtle middy resonance in the intro piano, though the warmth is nice). So many details interspersed. Smooth vocal swells, interplay between lines, slick production tricks. Transition @ :45 is ace. Vibe is cool but moody... Ending is super chill"
"Twinkly and chimey all round. Your transitions between the strong source tune representation here are quite subtle and do the job well. It seems this is primarily a piano piece with some accompanying instruments that vary over time. Because the piano plays such a central role, I would have liked to see it less rigid as far as the playing goes (most noticeable in the intro), but the great variation in velocity and tone largely compensates for that."
Really transcending, relaxing stuff... meditation, contemplation, introspection, reflection - if you've got any of these on your agenda, here's your perfect mood music.
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Sources Arranged (6 Songs, 3 Games)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, 2006, WII)
Music by Asuka Hayazaki, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
- "Hyrule Field Main Theme"
- Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Lost Woods"
- Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, 2011, WII)
Music by Hajime Wakai, Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota, Shiho Fujii, Takeshi Hama
- "Ballad of the Goddess"
- New Age
- Choir, Chromatic Percussion, Harp, Piano, Strings, Viola, Vocals: Female
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