ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time "The Guy from the Woods Is Back in Town"

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Back from MAGFest! Great year, best since M5 for me; although Larry couldn't make it, I still spent more time at the con, talked to more people, worked in some Third Strike with Tuesday, and generally had a blast! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming! When Nostalvania debuted last year with the appropriately-titled Ocarina of Time ReMix "A Royal Appearance," the second-best thing to the mix itself was the confirmation that there'd be more to come. After that, he took a trip to Thailand to get jazzy with Sagat, as several others have done, which also yielded great results. Now he's back and it's time for MORE OOT, as he returns to Zelda with a mix that, while titled somewhat ominously, is actually a relatively mellow jazz solo piano arrangement that oscillates between gorgeous and swaggy with grace & style:

"This is a jazz solo-piano arrangement of the Hyrule Castle town theme and the Kokiri Forest song. I hope you like it. I used my Roland digital piano and Cubase 7 Artist. Here is a source breakdown:

0:00-0:47 - Intro (Variation of the Hyrule Castle town theme)
0:48-1:31 - Town
1:32-1:52 - Kokiri Forest (B part)
1:53-2:25 - Kokiri (A part)
2:25-3:15 - Town
3:16-3:43 - Interlude (Var. of town theme)
3:44-4:03 - Town
4:04-4:14 - Kokiri (B)
4:15-4:56 - Kokiri (A)
4:57-5:20 - Town
5:20-6:04 - Ending"

The last few notes also feel like a reference to the title theme, at least to me... intentional? At any rate, Markus really has a strong grasp on how to structure things, keep them flowing, and most interestingly, how to switch from poignant/beautiful passages to jazzier, more flamboyant stuff seamlessly & naturally. Chimpazilla writes:

"Wow, Markus can really play piano. I just love listening to his jazzy, lounge-friendly interpretations of Zelda music. (It doesn't hurt that I love the Zelda games more than any other game ever in the history of video games.) I'm always impressed by how easily Markus interweaves the themes to create a cohesive whole, with lovely interpretations and fitting transitions. In this mix, Markus has done a rather unique job of making both Castle Town and Kokiri fit into a 6/8 time signature. The piano tone is lovely. Another winner here! Keep them coming, Markus. :-)"

What she said ;) Markus has a distinct style, and each new mix gives us more of a feel for that flavor; great stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Chernabogue
on 2015-12-20 15:51:57

Fantastic playing here. The arrangement is very nice and detailed. You can feel some emotion throughout the track, and it's crazy how a single instrument can do that. Some parts reminded me of Kingdom Hearts (Destiny Islands). Something not unique by its genre, but by its execution. :)

TBsmasher
on 2015-11-28 23:25:32

Wow! It's like Gershwin invaded Hyrule. Not sure if that's the likeness you were going for, but there ya go!

Nostalvania
on 2015-02-09 09:07:17

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Well, i have a "confession" to make, this wasn't a 100% live performance. I actually played everything but used editing to eliminate some mistakes and sloppiness etc. However, i am capable of playing a live performance which i did in "A Royal appearance".

Crulex
on 2015-02-06 17:55:06

Fantastic piano playing, Nostalvania. The town and Kokiri sound awesome played together in such a cohesive way, and it's so chill that I can fully relax to this with a smile on my face. Much needed here lately, honestly. The technique and the skill shown here is pretty damn sweet. Impressive ReMix.

OverClocked PodCast
on 2015-02-06 14:08:10

It always amazes me how a single instrument can hold more layers, technique, and meaning than an orchestra. Thanks for reminding me, Nostalvania. :)

Kadosho
on 2015-01-30 13:47:29

Very humbling to hear a piano chorus dedicated to one of the mastered tunes in series history. I love the way each melody carries its own, and blends from start to finish. Well done.

MrKyle
on 2015-01-27 08:39:45

I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Listened to it several times through now and it is definitely graceful and definitely stylish. It's like a mental stroll through Hyrule as if one was looking for a nice cafe in town and then took their flat white to the woods for some Thoreau-esque ponderings... And now that I look, I think younger portraits of the guy resemble (in small part) at least a few of Kokiri's inhabitants. Eh, anyway, well done Markus!

djpretzel
on 2015-01-26 13:16:40

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