ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time "A Stormy Affair"
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- Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
- ReMixer(s): anterroir, Chimpazilla
- Composer(s): Koji Kondo
- Song(s): "Secret Found", "Windmill Hut", "Zelda's Theme"
- Posted: 2015-06-01, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): collab electronic energetic piano resubmission synth timesig-3-4 timesig-4-4 timesig-variable
If at first you don't succeed, remember the three R's... revise, rock out, & resubmit :) Chimpazilla & anterrior have been working on this one for awhile, and the first version dates back to when she was just getting started, but the storm has finally arrived, and I think you'll enjoy their creative, upbeat, & short-but-sweet EDM take on some familiar Zelda themes:
"Hey, guys! Who doesn't love "Song of Storms?" Yes, it has been done to death, but for good reason. This track is a collab that David (anterroir) and I wrote and submitted in 2011. The song had been in the Workshop forum and had been reviewed three times by Rozovian (thank you, Rozo, you're the best). I had only been doing music for about six months at the time. I learned so much from David during this track, I owe him so much. The track was rejected for a very good reason, no leads in the first half. Oops!
I always loved this arrangement and I felt like it needed to be finished! The solos have been rewritten and/or improved, and I mixed it better and mastered it in Cubase. I think it is pretty groovy now, hope you do too!
David and I intended this song to tell a story. The old-vinyl intro brings to mind a crackly black-and-white film of a grandfather with his grandson on his lap, saying "Did I ever tell you about the big storm of 1942? Well, son, it was amazing..." As the child gazes into his grandfather's eyes, the scene of the storm begins to unfold in black and white, and quickly morphs into full-color 3D as the song drops. The cadence of the song continues to tell the story: the sky turns dark suddenly, wind picks up, temperature drops 20 degrees... a few raindrops begin to fall, but the storm recedes briefly... then whammo, the storm is in full force! Time to run for cover and hope the roof holds up! Rain spatters the windows and the wind howls... louder, faster... but then as quickly as it began, the storm ends and moves on... leaving a sense of calm and the earth refreshed, with puddles to splash in. We hope you enjoy "A Stormy Affair."
An affair to remember! Nice cracklin' vintage piano intro, and I dig how it sticks around as EDM elements are gradually introduced. The arrangement has some really inspired & imaginative transitions, and the syncopation on the lead melody works well and distinguishes the mix. I did feel like the gated synth accompaniment was a bit too persistent and could have been dropped out more often, and the fadeout ending came a bit too soon for my tastes, but that's only because I was enjoying myself. 3'14"?? Short-but-sweet, I suppose, but I feel like this could have gone into an ambient drop & come out on the other end with room to spare, warranting a longer duration. Emunator writes:
"While I know you've learned a TON over the past 4 years since this track first debuted, and I'm sure you could do a lot more with this if you were to rebuild from the ground up, this is comfortably above the bar. Production is ace, the lead writing is interpretive and classy. Memorable moments such as the classic Fanfare transition at 1:36 show that you've always had a great ear for crafting creative, inspired arrangements that demonstrate a level of nostalgia and appreciation for the Zelda universe, even when you first started out making music :-)"
"This is my first time hearing this, but I am such a sucker for time signature adaptations, that I'm tempted to give people the YES just for trying. Luckily, this is a very easy pass. Production is great - without realizing it, I was doing Carlton from Fresh Prince-like moves while listening. The writing is quite melodic and fits the new groove perfectly. It's one of those seemingly effortless tracks (I said seemingly, I know this was a resub) where the concept and instrument set is so sound that the remix is gonna be great no matter what you do with it."
It's always great to see an idea finally reach a form in which it is conveyed effectively; while brief, the narrative that Kris & David constructed is communicated with style & energy. Good stuff; congrats to both of you for weathering the storm to bring us your own!