ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time "Afternoon in the Sacred Forest Meadow"
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WOW. This symphonic impressionist arrangement of Ocarina of Time from Doc Nano (Alex Johnson-Buck) is absolutely breathtaking, channeling Debussy and capturing 110% of the magic & wonder of older Disney scores:
"As part of the album project for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I offered to write an orchestral arrangement of "Minuet of Woods." Since that project has, sadly, been placed on indefinite hold, I have decided to submit this remix as a separate effort.
Throughout this arrangement, I am deliberately imitating the style of Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune," with heavy use of harp, woodwinds, strings, and French horn, and only minimal percussion (namely, crotales and wind chimes). My aim was to convey the impression of a magical afternoon spent in the Sacred Forest Meadow with Saria. Although fragments of "Saria's Song" appear in the arrangement, the main source is "Minuet of Woods" (or "Minuet of Forest"), which I have attempted to develop into a somewhat more substantial theme."
It's a bummer that the album effort this was associated with stalled - I'm sure we'll do an Ocarina of Time album one day, and this would have been a standout track, but for now I'm just thrilled folks will be hearing this, because it's amazeballs. And I don't use that word lightly. Or ever, really. The concept itself is great, but required ace execution to realize - Alex nails the harp gilssandi, dynamics, chords, atmosphere, & everything else necessary to make that happen. DragonAvenger writes:
"The mix is very peaceful, love the instrumentation and stylistic choice you went for here. I can certainly imagine a quiet afternoon having a picnic with Saria before running off to clear out all the baddies in the forest temple!"
In addition to being a powerful piece of music, this is an amazing accomplishment from an arranging perspective; I'm kinda speechless. Truly beautiful & enchanted, this is one of my favorite OoT ReMixes and a late-breaking surprise for 2016 - highly recommended!
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