ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "The Seven Wise Men Shot First"

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

From newcomer (and Wayward Souls composer) Joey Grady comes a very cool, genre-blending LoZ:LttP arrangement that incorporates hip-hop, ambient, orchestral, and cinematic components for a piece that starts off watery & suspenseful and then opens up into more of a melodic instrumental jam. Very slick, very subtle, and very successful in moving between shades & tones while retaining tempo & instrumentation:

"This is my very first submission here, but I've written original content for other games before. A friend told me about this site and I had to see what this community is all about. I can't believe I didn't know about you guys sooner!

This song in particular, I've been wanting to make an arrangement of for a while. LttP was my very first video game and its music is very near and dear to my heart. Most everything I write now has some sort of 16-bittiness to it and it's all thanks to what this game started.

FUN ZELDA FACT! In the opening sequence of the original SNES release, the people put in charge of sealing the gate to the Land of the Golden Power were called "the seven wise men." In the GBA re-release, it was changed to "the seven sages" to remain consistent with the rest of the series. But the gamers that were there from the beginning... We know... They're WISE MEN and no one can tell us otherwise! Leave it to a re-release to destroy what you love. Aaaaand that's where I got the song title from."

Well, now you know about us! And now WE know about YOU! There is knowledge, and we are all the better for it. Nice wise-or-otherwise factoid backstory for the mix title that I'm sure the harder-core Zelda fans will appreciate. On first glance this mix might seem unassuming, but it rewards repeated listens, as Joey's pulled off some interesting transitions & struck a really nice balance between strings, piano, sound fx, hip-hop/rnb-style drums, and even some chiptuney synths later on; Chimpazilla writes:

"This is really very nice. I love the soundscape and the interesting syncopations you've created with the drums and strings. The arrangement plays it close to the source, including the awesome time signature changes, but this mix is nicely detailed and personalized. Love the subtle harp/synth runs and bell accents... I like the contrast of the super modern soundscape and sfx with the 16-bit sounds. The mixing is working well.

Overall, this is a lovely listen!"

Well said; for a relatively short piece, I like the clear differentiation between the intro and what follows, each element is used effectively and feels thought-out, and the overall effect is transporting & dreamy without being soporific or predictable. Great debut ReMix from Joey Grady, hope to hear more in the future!


Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-20 15:17:34

Solid mix. It's not hyper energic, but sets a nice mood/atmosphere. The choice of instruments/synths and the use of FX really did this track. The track doesn't hange much in terms of dynamics, but its relaxing mood sealed the deal. A sweet track! :)

on 2015-05-18 11:56:37

Smart and extremely pleasant arrangement of the opening demo. Of course I'm a sucker for ambient sounds, especially storms. Neat story behind the title as well. Very solid mix, man, I like this.

Patrick Burns
on 2015-05-09 23:21:09


on 2015-05-08 01:11:38

This is really going to reward the careful listener. While it may not immediately grab the attention of the casual drop-in, focus on the way this piece is constructed rewards in all kinds of neat ways. It's like a Zelda treasure box that has way more in it than you guessed. I enjoy this piece!

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2015-05-08 01:08:43

I love everything about this mix.

on 2015-05-07 17:17:18

Man, really liking this one a lot. Super mellow sounding, the eerie ambient sounds in the background coupled with the piano and strings that drive the song forward. Beautiful stuff. Will take this with me on my trip to India!

on 2015-05-07 12:38:07

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