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:
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."
"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!
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
- "Weird Mr. Write"
- Additional Game:
SimCity (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Soyo Oka
- "Dr. Wright"
- Easy Listening, Jazz
- Funky, Happy
- Brass, Chiptune, Chromatic Percussion, Synth
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- Size: 4,639,880 bytes
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