ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Through the Mirror and Back" 3:33

By halfwalk

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Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Dark World", "Overworld"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2017-12-14, evaluated by the judges panel


Newcomer halfwalk (Chris Ramey) debuts with a snazzy, jazzy Link to the Past jam that's chock full o' horn section, electric piano noodling, and swagger that's ready to hit the Vegas strip:

"A jazzy medley of two musical themes from the Zelda: A Link to the Past game for the Super Nintendo. Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoy the remix!"

What his submission email might lack in descriptive adjectives his arrangement more than makes up for, with a swingin' take on some LttP favorites that opens all dramatic & cinematic like, then drops the suave on us at 0'19" as muted brass lends Sinatra-esque timing & modification to the melodies. At 1'27" we've got one of the better EP solos I've heard lately, not just in execution but in the actual patch itself, which drips with mechanical attack/release characteristics & smears the flavor around in quite a lovely fashion; if you're gonna noodle on EP, this is a good frame of reference. It's also worth noting just how DIFFERENT electric pianos can sound; even just talking about Rhodes vs. Wurlitzer, there's tons of room for variation & settings & effects within those two iconic examples. This particular EP sounds guuuud... Which is fortunate, because the brass isn't quite as believable, and some of the levels seem a bit quiet, too; for me, the dazzling EP & generous solo portion compensated a bit. Gario writes:

"I actually found the humanization of this track to be pretty on point - articulations and dynamics are very close to how they would be performed in a studio jazz performance. The muted trumpet being mixed too far into the background (at 0:58) is a bit of an issue, but I wouldn't call it a deal-breaking one.

The other thing that could hold this up would be the levels on the track. A little compression on this could've gotten a decent amount of volume out of the master track with minimal loss of quality. It's not impossibly quiet to work with, so I won't hold it too much against this, but it's something to consider for your next track. The walking bass works great with these themes, and the overall jazz style is on point."

Ditto that; super-creative arrangement in a style of jazz that's pretty hard to pull off, and while the horns might not always be as solid as other components, the key thing is that it all comes off with style & panache. Fun, memorable debut from Chris; very interested in hearing more!

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Latest 3 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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DimeTower
on 2017-12-16 01:19:35
On 12/15/2017 at 1:16 AM, nyKad said:

This absolutely oozes old-school flavour and I feel like I just walked through a smoke-filled lounge in the 1960s. You should already be grabbing it from the server, really. What a trip. :)

The brass parts for me are a bit of an issue, albeit maybe not as much as DJP or the judges may have thought. To my (super average) ear, it kept going from "this is near perfect" to "okay a fake but it still works wonderfully." Maybe that's why they were far in the back at times? Might bother some more than others so I think it's worth noting.

Regardless it's an awesomely well-crafted piece and is worth downloading for that electric piano solo alone, not to mention the overall atmosphere. Hurry, before the Rat Pack takes the stage!

Yup, nyKad crushed it. I was sitting back wondering who the next act is while reveling in the playground of Zelda smooth that I was walking through. Man, maybe there's some technical considerations but the spirit and feel of this piece is A+!

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nyKad
on 2017-12-15 01:16:51

This absolutely oozes old-school flavour and I feel like I just walked through a smoke-filled lounge in the 1960s. You should already be grabbing it from the server, really. What a trip. :)

The brass parts for me are a bit of an issue, albeit maybe not as much as DJP or the judges may have thought. To my (super average) ear, it kept going from "this is near perfect" to "okay a fake but it still works wonderfully." Maybe that's why they were far in the back at times? Might bother some more than others so I think it's worth noting.

Regardless it's an awesomely well-crafted piece and is worth downloading for that electric piano solo alone, not to mention the overall atmosphere. Hurry, before the Rat Pack takes the stage!

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Liontamer
on 2017-12-14 00:46:38

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
Songs:
"Dark World"
"Overworld"

Tags (9)


Genre:
Jazz, Swing
Mood:
Chill, Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Chromatic Percussion, Electric Piano, Trumpet
Additional:
Arrangement > Extended Soloing

File Information


Name:
Legend_of_Zelda_A_Link_to_the_Past_Through_the_Mirror_and_Back_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,195,688 bytes
MD5:
895682d41d85c777787009eb81148414
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:33

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