ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time "Dance of the Kokiri"

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Wow... Doc Nano (Alex Johnson-Buck) teams up again with Chris ~ Amaterasu for a wonderful, agile, & vibrant piano-violin duet arrangement of "Lost Woods":

"This piano/violin duet is meant to capture the mixture of delight and wonder a normal human might feel upon glimpsing these sprightly forest folk for the first time. You may also hear a hint of sadness for the slow disappearance of a wondrous way of life.

Conceptually, this started off in my head as a rhythmically complex a capella vocal arrangement, akin to the work of the fantastic Finnish groups Värttinä and Rajaton. However, as the ideas developed, a sweet, mythical, romantic treatment with piano and violin seemed more appropriate. I asked Chris to play the violin part, and, after several weeks of exchanging recordings and ideas, we finally have a finished product. Hope you enjoy!"

Playful, crisp performances from both artists make this an absolute joy, with dynamics & tempo both flowing with grace and precision. Some sweet bends & modulations into the very upper registers just past the midway mark, before Chris transitions into pizzicato for a bit... smart writing and a good way of extending things. This isn't just two talented musicians jamming, this is an arrangement that wields their combined powers in specific ways that click & sound effortless, even if we know better.

Perfect accompaniment for leaves dancing in eddies of wind on a brisk autumn morning; highly recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2016-10-24 12:34:28

A light hearted dance through a spring meadow, that's what this is.

NintendoLover94
on 2016-10-20 21:10:32

this was pretty good! my one constructive critism would be that, at least to me, the way the violin was played didn't feel right. im no music professor, but the way the violin was being played so sharply in contrast to the soft piano was a bit distracting. but other than that, its a great orcistration! the piano and violin carried equal weight, and each got a spot in the limelight!

timaeus222
on 2016-10-18 13:51:20

Very nice, the partwriting sounds well-adapted/natural to the violin + piano, and I'm especially loving the amount of emotion oozing from Chris's violin. The interpretation of Lost Woods' melody is also quite interesting; though it kinda tends to turn away from the playing the highest note in the melody, or occasionally omits a significant note on purpose, it still works as an alternative melody on its own. Totally fresh!

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2016-10-17 21:32:48

OOOOOOOH, loved it right from the first note!

WillRock
on 2016-10-17 19:32:00

oh man! I've had this on my computer for years! Seriously, this is one of my all time favourites and you should download this right now

Txai
on 2016-10-17 18:20:38

Wow indeed. This violin-piano duo kept me mesmerized all the way through. Lots of interesting motives. The occasional augmented chords gives this a sweet otherworldly feel. And the ascending violin at 3:05 brings this piece to a perfect closure. I only wish the last pizzicato note was louder. But this is a minor gripe from a solid track. Not to be missed

Gario
on 2016-10-17 18:18:58

Loving Doc Nano's work on here, and Chris's violin work is spot on. The extra-playful interpretation of the meter really makes this track stand out. It's unpredictable, yet it flows rather flawlessly.

Great arrangement, clever variations, what's not to love?

Liontamer
on 2016-10-17 11:05:35

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