Posted 2000-12-25, evaluated by djpretzel
Merry Christmas :) Can't ever have enough Zelda64 Gerudo Valley ReMixin' goodness, now, can ya? JV gives us an excellent kickin' beat, phat synth bass, really good loop + drums, and well orchestrated composition that never gets repetitive despite the somewhat repetitive nature of the nevertheless great original track. I especially liked that this was a bit faster than Peeple's brilliant ReMix of the same track, as it made it worthwhile and different. Oh yeah, the drums-only ending is a really ncie touch. Very well done mix from JV!
on 2011-12-30 16:42:06
Wow, a Christmas mix from 11 years ago xD I can't pass this one up.
You'd think you'd be in for a straight cover of the source with the awkward acoustic guitar patch in the intro, though it soon turns itself into a more 80s-hiphop/rock-esque setup with the kind of sounds gone for, all the way down to the reversed percussion sounds, record scratches and everything.
It's all written blatantly with MIDI patches, which I emphasized with Electron's MIDI-guitar-based source that there have been live guitarists extending a few months prior to release, though for the time they could be seen as fun and lively sounds but these days can be seen as painfully aged. The arrangement itself can similarly be seen as straight forward in regards to melodic arrangement, but the genre adaptation and firm writing on the accompaniment manages to give it a good kick.
So this track may have aged considerably on both arrangement and production fronts, but at the time the execution managed to feel very solid and upbeat, and should be a good checkout if you just want a fun Gerudo Valley interpretation. It's a shame JV kind of vanished off the face of the earth, as the brief encounter I had with his work back in the day was very compelling to me, but I do hope he takes what he did with pride
on 2009-12-01 00:09:23
I only briefly played OOT, years ago. But the one thing I remember about it? The Gerudo Valley theme. It's just so catchy! So I've gone out of my way to listen to many a versions of the Gerudo Valley theme, which I feel is just about on the level of Terra or Schala or Ice Cap or Time Circuits when it comes to how many people take it on. Which means a lot of what people have done... has already been done. *yawn*
This piece is different, so props there. I'm also very happy that the beginning from the original wasn't cut out. I've heard various arrangements that cut it out completely to dive into the main melody, and while I love the main melody, I feel you gotta lead up to it. In this piece, there's certainly a lead, however... I felt it a little repetitive, but I think that might not necessarily be a fault of the piece, but moreso that I'm not one of those people who are really into percussion. Personally I would have liked to have heard the main melody in this a little more, but that's just me. I can at least give credit that the percussion sounds good, and it's interesting. In any song, when the percussion is bad or overly repetitive, I just can't listen...
I did not care for the brass part about 2:15 into the song. I'm not sure why. It just sounded a little too.. muffled, I think?
I think for people who like music that emphasizes the percussion and beats, they'd really like this. But if you're looking for a more melodic version of Gerudo Valley, this isn't it.
on 2009-09-11 01:00:20
I remember this!
I remember liking this back in 2002 around when I found OCR. Unfortunately, the samples sound quite fake to me now, and the arrangement is fairly straightforward, which is ok. The background beat backing compliment well with the straightforward progression of the melody, although some of the background instrumentation could've been brought out more like the guitar. I also feel there was more room to expand on the arrangement and add more of a personal touch in it than just the beats.
on 2008-12-18 17:36:20
Sounds really great, and, as I'm sure you already know, the drums are fantastic.
The instruments are good enough, the bass sounds good especially, but the guitars sound fake, too fake. I would have just used something else instead if you couldn't get them to sound more realistic.
One thing that bugs me is the chord sequence; it make the song seem a little slow , especially in the beginning.
Your choice of instruments for the melody is great, and they switch between each other very smoothly. I also liked the drum solo in the end. (oooo, exploitable)
I give it 8.5 out of 10. The arrangement is very well done, the drums are superb, but I can't quite get passed the fakeness of some of the instruments.
on 2008-10-22 21:28:52
Overall generally fake sounding, but it doesn't kill my ears. Drums are pretty nice, though the tom sounds isn't my favorite.
I'm not crazy about the minimalist take overall, but it works for the theme. Not my favorite Gerudo mix, but it has it's charms, and it's worth having around.
on 2007-12-06 16:46:39
I like the drums. It's minimalistic, and feels very much like a remix, in the in-between traditional and ReMix sense. Not much original content, but it doesn't need it. While the isntruments are fakish, the theme and how the remixer treated it isn't pretentious enough for the simple synths and samples to matter. That's what I think, when hearing it to review. I've heard it before, and haven't really listened to it since. A sound update and recorded guitars and trumpet would make it really cool.
Bonus points for reverse snare and for a really cool break jsut before a minute has passed.
on 2006-12-18 11:50:57
These drums are killer.
Everyone knows the Gerudo Valley theme, and there are a lot of remixes of it on the site, so a mix of it has to be something really special to get noticed.
This mix takes a minimalist approach for the first third, content on grooving to the chord progression, with the drums firmly in front, but eventually brings in a synth guitar with the melody that sounds a little fakish, but is decent enough. The brass is also a little weak, samplewise, but I think the reason the brass and guitar stand out is that the rest of the synths fit the drums well, making the instruments that should be real sound extra fake.
Overall an enjoyable mix, especially the percussion.
on 2004-02-02 05:57:19
Really cool synths and bass... I like that guitar too. The percussion is a little plain, in my opinion, but otherwise, it's quite good.
on 2003-04-17 15:46:49
Reminds me a little of the main score for the Truman Show.
on 2003-03-08 04:23:43
Its awsome, Ive heard many remixes on the website, and they were all made of some of my favorite songs, this being one of them. But this one is the best, I listen to this one over and over, I give it 5 stars.
on 2002-08-15 22:58:21
The Gerudo theme is getting all the credit! But that doesn't mean any of the remixes are bad. In fact, this one is very good... probably my favorite Gerudo Valley theme. I do agree that it's not extremely imaginative, but I still think it's great.
on 2002-07-24 17:07:26
I liked this tune quite a bit, but it's not the most imaginative Gerudo Valley remix I've heard, even though it's very different from the original tune. What I meant is that it could have used a bit more differentiation from the main melody, which is the same version of the Gerudo theme over and over. Good, but not the kind of track you listen to repeatedly.
on 2002-05-16 13:31:33
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Gerudo JV'
Clean synths and sharp arrangement make this remix a nice little track.
On top of being a great theme by itself, this remix makes nice use of a
minimal lead line over some nice drum works. The tom hits are a bit loud,
but that's just me griping. Also, the trumpet sounds a lot like the sample
from A Link to the Past on SNES, which is a nice allusion, intentional or
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Gerudo Valley"
- Electro, Hip Hop
- Funky, Quirky
- Brass, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Piano, Strings, Synth
- Time > Tempo: Moderate
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