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OCR03186 - *YES* Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 'Sword of Sand'

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ReMixer name: Hylian Lemon

Games arranged: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Name of arrangement: Sword of Sand
Sources: Ocean King's theme, Oshus's theme, Great Sea
Phantom Hourglass: Ocean King's theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ySlNjdqW1o
Phantom Hourglass: Oshus' theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6deG-VwNOMo
Wind Waker: Great Sea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_bL2bjQ-k

This was originally a People's Remix Compo bonus entry in 2009. After my Link's Awakening track got posted, I figured I owed it to the Zelda series to submit something from a less popular game, so I came back to this track and revised it for submission. Considered as a whole, most people aren't really fond of Phantom Hourglass's soundtrack, but it's got a couple of standout tunes: Linebeck's theme, and the Ocean King/Oshus's theme. Linebeck's theme seems like the obvious choice, so I didn't do it.
The original arrangement was made when I was still just starting to feel my way into chippy sounds. There was no EQ to speak of. No rainbow color-coded channel organization. I don't know how I could have lived in such squalor. If you want to see how much you've changed over the last five years, just open up an old project file.
In conclusion: portable Zelda, y'all. I challenge everyone to get more of them onto the site before I do.
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Phantom Hourglass?  Woohoo, one of my favorite Zelda games gets some love!  (Ok so every Zelda game is my favorite Zelda game) 


Source use is plenty, no issues.  I love how you wove the Wind Waker main theme into this arrangement, really nicely done.  Lots of creativity in this arrangement, I absolutely love it.  That change to 4/4 at 2:29 is sheer dynamite, oh gawd I'm a sucker for time signature changes, and this was so unbelievably smooth.  (edit:  ok so that part sounds like 6/8, but it is clearly different from the 3/4 that preceded it, and I dig whatever you did thar)


I hear some issues with the bass, primarily that issue where one note is too loud and needs to be adjusted with eq prior to compression.  I mainly hear this in the intro from (0:20-0:30).  Bass needs a little more control overall.  Also, I find some of the chip timbres dry and piercy, but I think this is just how chiptune elements sound?  I think the mixing could be smoother than this tbh, some of these leads sound pasted on top and not sitting nicely in the mix.  The drums get a little repetitive sometimes, but maybe it's just due to the 8 bit drums being used throughout the mix.


My issues aren't enough to hold this fabulous arrangement back.  So many little cool details throughout as well.  And yay for Phantom Hourglass!



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  • 2 weeks later...

oh you, lemon, you


unshockingly, Hylian Lemon delivers a fantastic zelda tune that does so much as an arrangement, it's hard to get hung up on the repetitiveness of it... which is entirely forgivable since a lot of chiptune music tends to appear that way like kris points out.


i'm just blown away by how rich this arrangement is; it doesn't just arrange the three identified sources but rather pulls together a comprehensive treatment of the entire series (if nothing else, it makes you feel that way). the truth is, zelda music is very much centralized compositionally; well over half of the franchise's themes are based off of the original zelda overworld theme and hylian lemon shows a clear understanding of that with this remix. 


a very focused, pleasant and beautifully arranged zelda tune (no i swear, i don't have any zelda bias)



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When it's Hylian Lemon, I just need to break out a rubber stamp.


OK, wait. Lemme listen...


/checks arrangement

/checks production

Confirmed. When it's Hylian Lemon, I just need to break out a rubber stamp. (Kidding, of course, but nice work!)


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