ReMix:The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Influence of Koholint" 4:57

By Ryu7x

Arranging the music of one song...

"First Search"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo , 1993, GB), music by Kozue Ishikawa, Minako Hamano

Posted 2002-12-18, evaluated by the judges panel

Extended dance mixage from Link's first gameboy outing, courtesy Ryu7x. Nothing too surprising here - construction is solid, elements well-panned, drums direct and emphasizing a clap sound where a snare might usually be. I think what's coolest here is how well the original works in being adapted to dancish techno - this ain't your usual electronica chord progression, nor are the harmonies typical techno fare, and yet - especially with the hyper-jumpy harp pattern that filters out beautifully as the piece concludes - everything "clicks" quite naturally. Kudos to Ryu7x equally for putting together a strong techno track and hearing how the piece could be adapted as such in the first place. Of the judges' criticisms, the noted lack of variation and more imagination on the drums was what I'd concur with, foremost. While I think, with Ryu7x's skills, this could have offered a bit more in certain areas, I'm glad someone covered the track and covered it as well as he has. It's not your everyday dance mix and is definitely worth checking out on those grounds alone.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-03-28 08:55:21

Really starting to get into the time where the base problem with these old mixes were just being created with such outdated tools. Technology has moved on and the quality shows. I agree with a previous comment that the first entire 1:30 of the song could have been cut out completely. But for what it is worth, it is a decent dance mix of a song that is fun to see presented this way. nothing overly wrong with it though. It's cool and fun sounding. Just old.

Pachi Risu
on 2009-11-16 19:41:34

Very repetitive, but it comes without saying that it

is a dance mix. A nice track to listen in the first

level of listening. Kudos to you.

on 2009-03-17 19:05:34

This one hasn't aged well at all, sadly. The sounds are generic, and the first minute and a half or so could have been cut completely with no loss to the overall feel. After that it got better, but the sounds were still barely above midi quality.

It's too repetitive and bland for me. Sorry dude, didn't like this one at all.

on 2007-01-31 07:43:42

There's really nothing much to this re-mix... it just gives you the base line, repeats the first half of the tune, true to the original, for a while, and then does the same with the second.

There is definitely potential for this re-mix, as it could use a little more creativity and originality. There's really nothing too creative about sitting the original melody on a fast, upbeat percussion line...

Though the mix does kind of grow on you...

on 2006-04-26 21:26:56

I love this remix. True, it doesn't deviate from the original theme much, but the original theme was so good, the remix really doesn't need to distance itself from it. The intro was what really hooked me--I'm a sucker for a good beat.

Oh, and using the type of same running bass line as the one from the theme of Tal Tal Mountains was a very nice touch. Intentional?

on 2006-03-18 22:09:30

I actually ended up enjoying the beat more than the actual melody from Zelda. I was wondering what what would be done with the beginning theme. It didn't really sound well blended together, both are really good if they weren't mixed together, and it didn't sound right at the blending point, it was too high pitched, but that was it. Overall I loved it.

on 2005-11-18 21:43:26

I loved this theme and was waiting for someone to cover it... now I don't have to feel like I'm the only one who noticed it.

I like the basic straightforward dancebeat approach, but being a FL user I can't help but notice that a lot of the instruments are very default-sounding...

Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2005-11-18 12:38:06

Very very fluid and flavourful. I enjoyed it a lot.

on 2005-05-04 06:51:33

I loved this remix from start for finish. It sounds just like the orginial. The whole techno/rave beat was xcellent. Thank u 4 giving me a reason that I love Zelda: it has great music that is made to kick-ass remixies :D .

on 2004-03-16 13:31:36

An awesome remix! This theme is one of my favorites in the game, but it's only in the very beginning of it, before Link gets his sword back. I'm very glad to hear a remix of it. My only qualm is that at the VERY end, when the hi synth is fading out, it goes to ear-splitting sound mode. Heh. Not a big deal, since it's the end of the song. Much appreciated and very good work!

Corporal Eschebone
on 2003-09-09 17:35:06

I'm pretty sure it's Koholint. I have a GBA and the Link's Awakening DX pak right next too me, but I'm too lazy [besides, I have a laptop in my lap and am typing into my home comp right now, how am I supposed to handle a GBA at the same time? :wink: ]

Anyway, this is some great techno/rave music. I often listen to this and Kakariko Rave Party one after the other, although the kakariko mix is better, in my opinion.


on 2003-03-10 22:03:59


It's ok, man. that's nothing to worry about.. everyone makes mistakes like that, but as far as i can remember, it is Koholint

on 2002-12-27 15:12:22

sorry for interrupting, but something caught my eye...

i really thought "Koholint" was spelled "Kolohint." At least, ive always pronounced it that i just an idiot? which is it? im really worried now because im beginnig to think that maybe i cant read or something...

on 2002-12-22 21:31:13

Repetitive, but nice. Reminds me more of Sim City than Zelda, though. The theme when you decide to end your game for the day, and that little moon is sleeping. But maybe that's because I just woke up. I don't know. You decide.

on 2002-12-20 15:48:39

Yeah it's very simple and repetative. Ryu7x must have thrown the idea of any major variety right out the window at the beginning of the project. Anyway, it's a decent dance mix, and has a good feel to it, especially due to its catchy melody. Easy techno listenin'. :)

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Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo , 1993, GB)
Music by Kozue Ishikawa,Minako Hamano
"First Search"

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