ReMix:The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Climb My Mountain, This High" 3:41

By Ben Briggs

Arranging the music of one song...

"Tal Tal Heights"

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

Posted 2010-12-13, evaluated by djpretzel

More Threshold, this time from Benjamin Briggs, formerly known as chthonic. He writes:

"new song is new! that's right, I have TWO tracks on the Link's Awakening project, and they are 4 years apart. because I be beastin' erryday. this track came out differently than I had expected it to, but I'm still very pleased with the result. it features some odd soundscapes, and lots of interpretation of the original melodies... I view this as a sister (or maybe distant cousin) remix to "It's My Turn to Dream," and that's why the title is so wordy. :P"

Definitely one of the more upbeat/chippier tracks on the album, BB's contribution applies his flamboyant, nostalgic style to the ever-popular 'Tal Tal Heights' theme. Nice shifty gating and syncopated synths and percussion, with a particularly funky warbled, cross-panned synth lead entering later. Really slick detail work throughout, and I dig some of the less electronic components of the drum track, the lockstep harmonies, and the myriad breaks & fills. Project director Bradley Burr writes:

"I particularly love the bass and lead programming and synth work. Originally, bLiNd had offered to do some work on this track, and when he had to cut back on the projects he was involved in, I was worried that there would be a significant dropoff in talent between him and whoever took over for him. I was so pumped when I saw that Ben wanted to take a shot at remixing this one that I basically just told him that it was his before I even heard a WIP of the track. I think it turned out quite well."

"So many projects, so little time..." has definitely been a recurring mantra of 2010, so it's not surprising that project directors have to be flexible enough to adapt to competing priorities and schedules. I'm glad Ben stepped in, and I definitely think this mix turned out great. As mentioned, it's a little more enthusiastic and perhaps more approachable than the general overall aesthetic of the album, but not flagrantly or disruptively so. It actually serves as kind of an island close to halfway through the lake of tracks, providing a light breather before you wade back into darker territory, and as such is both effective & appreciated. Great stuff from Ben, whose other track is an excellent contribution to Threshold as well!



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2023-09-05 15:16:03

I come back to this track every so often and still love every second of it.

on 2012-10-03 11:19:39

I love the intro to this, I really do. It's hard to describe, but it somewhat sounds like a nice balance between natural and electronica that gets more and more glitchy, which was cool. The synth work was great, and the production and arrangement were top-notch. Great ReMix for sure.

champ the hippie
on 2011-10-01 13:39:49
There's no greater experience than listening to this song while cooking buffalo chicken and drinking peach soda. This mix makes me feel so goddamn good it's stupid. Excellend work Ben Breggs

i personally find driving at sixty+ mph while blasting this song to be the greatest experience imaginable

Phonetic Hero
on 2011-09-29 23:50:11

There's no greater experience than listening to this song while cooking buffalo chicken and drinking peach soda. This mix makes me feel so goddamn good it's stupid. Excellend work Bun Breggs

on 2011-08-04 10:04:16

this here has to be one of my favorite remixes on the site and is easily up there with some of the LttP remixes, i think we all know which remix of the hyrule castle song i would be referring to. well done benjamin, well done indeed

on 2010-12-31 09:57:35

Love this remix. Hate the end, because it immitates what it sounds like when one of the tubes in my ears starts being a whore and I go half deaf. ;-; I thought it was happening for a minute.

on 2010-12-17 14:58:41

This right here's a breath of fresh air. In amongst a quite intense and contemplative, at times quite sad album, this track is like climbing a mountain (to a specific height) and taking a deep breath, then drifting off into a nice daydream.

After listening to zircon's version of this for ages, this mix seems chilled out in comparison, and is a fantastic addition to both the album and OCR. I especially like the percussion - it never feels forced or overdone, despite the rest of the track almost wanting to tear away from it. It must have been hard to show restraint there, but it's paid off beautifully. Love the scratchy sounds too.

Benjamin Briggs
on 2010-12-14 18:53:19
Never has a series of d-d-duh d-d-duh d-d-duh been so greatly appreciated.

best review I've ever received :D

on 2010-12-14 18:16:28

Never has a series of d-d-duh d-d-duh d-d-duh been so greatly appreciated.

on 2010-12-14 15:45:15

I appreciate this song for what it's worth. After all, the source is my favorite in the game. I played it last Christmas and I still enjoyed ALttP more, but I really liked LA's soundtrack so I was pumped for this project to come out. Really glad it did. Awesome job Briggs! I keep repeating between 2:35-3:40 :mrgreen:

The Radical Sifu
on 2010-12-14 03:39:49

One of the best things I've heard on OCR for a while. Easily Ben's best work to date IMO. Epic in a thoughtful and mature kind of way.

on 2010-12-13 21:19:38

Listening to this just makes me smile. Totally awesome take on the source; this takes a lot of the energy from the source and really just mellows it out.

There's also a just few really, I can't think of a better word, funny parts in here; when I get to ~1:20, I can't help but to giggle.

Oh, how I love this mix. :)

on 2010-12-13 19:45:46

LOVE this! After my first listen of the album, this track just stood out to me the most. No offense to the other strong offerings that may need more than a listen to sink in, but man this take on Tal Tal Heights is my favorite of the bunch thus far. Zircon's remix years back really raised the bar on this one, but you've done a great job in bringing it. Chill, moody, catchy, sweet samples. Keep up the good work!

on 2010-12-13 17:54:05

Dark, moody... yeah this one sums up the album well. Pretty damn awesome, and quite a chilled out take at that. I know the source inside out and can safely say this is a sweet arrangement with the production to match it. One of the album standout tracks :D

on 2010-12-13 16:14:36

probably a bit of friendly bias on my part, but this here is my favorite track of the bunch, and a highlight of ben's OCR-catalog thus far (perhaps his best, but only until TSOS comes around :P)



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

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