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OCR01905 - Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Dark World Ballad"


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very interpretive and unique remix, this instantly became one of my favorite LTTP remixes. I love the minimal approach in this, it helps create a sense of melancholy isolation that you'd expect of a dark world that is mostly absent from more ornate versions of this theme including the original. the ending is a little awkward to my tastes, not really finishing the phrase, but a pretty minor gripe for an otherwise amazing remix, I love it

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Me like. The arrangement isn't gaudy or show-offish, which is the biggest problem I have with the majority of piano pieces and guitar pieces, and with both together, I would have expected some musicianship masturbation odyssey thing. But nope.

Also, the tone on the piano is making me feel all melty. In a good way.

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Dig. Very much.

I kinda have to, lol, since I'm also a graduate of CRAS. (2008-07-25 start date, yo!)

Very cool (as in cool as ice) remix, it makes me want to go to sleep in a good way. Either that or it's just that late at night right now. Who cares? It's an awesome arrangement and a very tasteful remix!

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Become a pretty big fan of this one since it was posted. I definitely had a harder time than normal picking out the source, and may still be looking for parts of it, but this is really just a beautiful song any way you slice it. Almost feels wrong to call it a "mix" when you know it was recorded live, which, incidentally, is very cool as well!

This almost has that kind of "piano collections" feel to it at times, very peaceful, though the guitars ensure that it becomes more than that. Overall a very interesting and creative take on a theme that usually sees more mixes that portray it more like a march.

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Personally, I thought that the source was quite obvious, though I wish there would have been more of in it; at times, this arrangement feels a little too liberal, IMO.

Also, seconding what the write-up/judges said; the piano and the guitar don't sound as if they were in the same place; the guitar is much more up front.

Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable piece of music.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Wow. When this music came up in the background, I thought to myself: "Did it just switch to the Genso Suikoden Piano Collections? I thought I was playing OCR music?"

Lo and behold, my Winamp had not spazzed. And this music, which was smooth and tempered enough to fool my ears into thinking it was from an official album, was an OC ReMix. I absolutely adore the chill, laid-back vibe, the slow, deliberate pacing, the light touch of expressiveness, and the heavy dose of interpretation. The skill and emotion is plainly evident from both players.

Excellent job! :-D

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I've been enjoying OC Remix for five years now and have come across numerous masterpieces, but this one just spoke to me. I finally bit the bullet and registered an account just to compliment on what an amazing piece of music this is. The positions and distances of the guitar in relation to the piano automatically and instinctively creates a picture in my mind's eye of watching an ambient music video shot by a single, still camera, where the guitarist is sitting on a stool very close to the lens offset to the right, only visible from the neck down due to his proximity, and in the background on the left some meters away in the back of the dark oak floored room is a female pianist with her solid black device just visible from the side, details obscured by the distance, never looking up from the keys. Marvelous.

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I love this so much. The delicate interplay of instruments has brought a lot of inspiration to me as an aspiring pianist... I'd love to write music like this with friends when I get a better grasp on how to make instruments compliment each other better, but you'd better believe that I'll be coming back to this mix whenever I need a shot of inspiration! So beautiful :-)

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This has a really somber/blues feel to it, and the combination is quite interesting. The piano really sets the somber stage, but the acoustic shows some blues styled playing and you wait for the song to possibly break open from that. The slowdown at the end of the song really is a nice way to end the song with its unexpectedness.

It's a well-crafted song and I found it surprisingly enjoyable. I'd love to hear more!

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