ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "OMG Mr. Write" 2:51

By nelward

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Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Dr. Wright", "Weird Mr. Write"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB), music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano

Posted 2017-01-10, evaluated by the judges panel


nelward (Nick Elward) follows up his quirky debut EarthBound ReMix from October of last year with another somewhat eccentric arrangement, this time taking a theme that Soyo Oka used in BOTH Link's Awakening AND SimCity and creating a funky, FX-laden groove that almost sounds like the opening theme to a VERY weird 70's sitcom - in a good way:

"It's a reinterpretation of the "Mr. Write" theme from Zelda: Link's Awakening, and also "Dr. Wright's Theme" from SimCity for the SNES. Both are by Soyo Oka. Thank you, Mrs. Oka.

I always knew this as Mr. Write's theme from Link's Awakening and it's a tune that always gets stuck in my head despite only being featured in that game briefly. The loop is only about 4 bars, so I had to embellish it a bit. Hope you enjoy!"

This feels like the type of jam I could get some serious shopping done to at the local Junes; some SNES-style embellishments remind me of the original SMW OST, and the funky retro brass & orchestra hits reflect a laid-back, rather playful aesthetic. Not without some pointers/critique, Chimpazilla writes:

"The remix by comparison is creative and lively, and at the same time chill, and all the while the source is completely recognizable. The breakdown is cool and unique, I would have liked some extra ear candy there, but it breaks up the arrangement nicely. There are some sections that repeat essentially wholesale, and I would have preferred to hear some different elements added the second time around, but I have to give credit for what you did with this short source so I'm overlooking the copy/pasta."

Sir_NutS echoes:

"This remix is very simple but also very clever. The sound design won't blow anyone's mind, and the mixing is decent, but the arrangement ideas introduced to such a short source are remarkable. On my subjective take on this, this is super catchy and will brighten anyone's day with its happy, careless nature."

It's upbeat & makes it rather hard not to smile, in addition to being a good example of extrapolating from a more minimal source. While I agree with Kris that some of the repeating bits could & should have been differentiated, this is a fun, postivive, kinda-silly-yet-still-very-creative mix from nelward; I dig how his mind works, it's fun to see that Soyo Oka was clearly having fun as well with the homonym Wright/Write sibling sources, and we hope you enjoy!

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Discussion

Latest 4 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Uffe von Lauterbach
on 2017-01-11 01:18:34

I agree with the sitcom sounding intro. That sort of thing makes me laugh. I'm not familiar with the original theme, but some of this kind of reminded me of EarthBound.

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The Damned
on 2017-01-10 18:31:45

Always in favor of more Link's Awakening remixes. This one happens to also be pretty good to boot!

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Mordi
on 2017-01-10 16:30:20

nelward = Quality stuff. Cool tune! It's more relaxed than what I'm used to from him.

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Liontamer
on 2017-01-09 15:21:19

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo, 1993, GB)
Music by Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo, Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano
Songs:
"Weird Mr. Write"
Additional Game:
SimCity (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Soyo Oka
Songs:
"Dr. Wright"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Easy Listening, Jazz
Mood:
Funky, Happy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Chiptune, Chromatic Percussion, Synth
Additional:

File Information


Name:
Legend_of_Zelda_Link's_Awakening_OMG_Mr_Write_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,639,880 bytes
MD5:
f20864a06de8882415fc3245c9e65fd0
Bitrate:
212Kbps
Duration:
2:51

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