ReMix:The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Crystals of Kakariko" 5:26

By NoppZ, Protricity

Arranging the music of one song...

"Kakariko Village"

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

Posted 2002-04-13, evaluated by djpretzel

NoppZ and Protricity - powerhouses in their own right - teamed up to cover the town music from Zelda 3 (which Hazama so beautifully sang to way back when ^^). Got the guitar pattern going on in the beginning. I actually worried a bit when the sax came in without any real percussion backing it up, but soon after the main melody made its appearance with some groovy laid-back percussion (great lil' triplet thang too) on crystal clear bell pads that give the ReMix a nostalgic, music-box feel to it. Love the reverb on the drums, which becomes more apparent as the mix progresses. Still not too crazy on the specific patch used for the sax when it reenters, but then some cool chimes enter and the piece changes to a different theme that I remember from Zelda 64 for its exit. I did like this quite a bit, but NoppZ and Protricity both have individual mixes that I do prefer. That's not to discourage collaborations, as I think this is a mix that wouldn't have gotten made in the way that it was without the co-op going on, and you should definitely check it out - it's peaceful, joyous Hyrulian happymusic(tm) done well by two very talented guys. Recommended.



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SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 16:27:53

I think this may be the first Zelda mix I ever downloaded. It's a charming piece with some good arranging. This is especially true circa 2:55 where we get a nice transition from the Kakariko theme to Zelda's theme. Clear bells and a nice acoustic guitar samples hold this mix together. Recommended.

on 2010-02-11 16:33:59

A good ReMix for straight out chilling. The sax is a bit bothersome, but I can handle it. Prot. and Noppz did work well on this one, but I can't help but wonder what would have happened if either did it as a solo track. Both are really good. The whole song just has a beautiful tone and works well for me.

on 2009-11-24 17:35:15

At about 3:40, it sounded like the Final Fantasy town theme was gonna come in.

on 2009-09-06 12:49:41

Not going to win any awards for the way it sounds on a subliminal level, that's for sure. There's an air of casualness to the instrumental approach, not so much that it wasn't cared about, but moreso that it was irrelevant to the respective arrangement. And in a way, its true. I don't think the extremely synthetic sound cripples this in any way, but it does have some unflattering connotations to various other ugly areas of music for me.

The arrangement is standout, however. Two unique perspectives on two amazing melodies. I've never heard either of these tunes arranged quite like this. Slowed, but not to a sombre level. Expanded, but not to a verbose, unnecessary extent. Both tunes take on a completely different demeanor than the original, which I happen to like very much. Both Protricity and NoppZ are legendary at mining golden musical tangents out of the most stringent melodies, so it a dream to see them tagteam their skills on this.

Samples withstanding, this is an adorable double-artist double-feature. Now everyone have a cookie.

on 2009-06-25 14:18:09

This mix is so relaxing and upbeat! I love it.

on 2009-03-22 15:54:01

If only the sax were better, this would be an awesome song.

oh, well.

Everything else about it is great, though.

but I can't help but imagine this completely redone by say, Taucer and Proph, with live instruments. Maybe I am just spoiled. :-)

Oh yeah, that'd be awesome. :-D

on 2009-01-06 22:19:07

I can really dig the guitar music but not so much the sax. I do no think that it is the sax itself but more of the type and quality of the sound made. Seems a little outta place. But really, this music is awesome!

on 2008-04-09 11:24:53

Samples are way dated in both the guitar and the "sax", and things feel pretty mechanical, but the source is strong with this one, and the themes do actually fit together really nicely.

The percussion seemed to come and go as it pleased, and faded out before it could assist in transitions.

Balance is nice, and the bells and supporting strings hold up decently well.

It has a good nostalgic mood to it, and is a fun listen, but I can't help but imagine this completely redone by say, Taucer and Proph, with live instruments. Maybe I am just spoiled. :-)

on 2006-09-22 23:34:16

Great, dreamy piece. The acoustic guitar loop adds alot of depth. My favorite part is a 3:38 when Zelda's Lullaby comes it. Very nostalgic :D

on 2005-08-19 22:50:08

This song is so awesome!! ^o^ I put it on loop for an hour! Awesome piece! *o*

on 2005-07-16 10:39:06

this is one of those songs you play on a late summer afternoon.

on 2005-05-24 12:31:50

I dont have words to describe this, it is so beutiful

on 2005-01-28 14:15:53

Diabetes, 90's Casio style.

on 2004-05-05 20:52:57

I absolutely LOVE this song... it's so... beautiful. That's the only word that can describe this song: beautiful. I especially love 3:16 to the end of the song where it slows down into Zelda's Lullaby. Perfect. Beautiful. Absolutely great. Not to mention, this song makes me think about my friend, Ashley Rusie, who passed away on January 11, 2004 due to a fatal car accident. She was only 16 and had just gotten her license. We were friends and I will never forget her. And any song that makes me think of Ashley is... great. Thank you for such a great remix. I love this song. :D

on 2004-02-29 09:50:24

Does anyone recognize the part from 3:15 to about 3:30 as the Cynic Project's? I don't remember which song it was from, but everytime I listen to that section, I am reminded of TCP.

mainva | aptigo | JTD out

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

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