ReMix:The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages "Keep Your Nightmares" 3:20

By Flexstyle

Arranging the music of one song...

"Great Moblin's Hideout"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Nintendo , 2001, GBC), music by Minako Adachi

Posted 2011-05-24, evaluated by the judges panel

How about some nice, refreshing Essence of Lime? ...sounds like it COULD be a beverage OR a hand lotion, but as most of you already know, it's an excellent Oracle of Ages album you should check out. We've already posted several mixes from its citrusy offerings, and now Flexstyle (aka Mike Birch) follows up his debut Dark Cloud 2 ReMix with one of his own contributions to the album:

"This is a very dark and cold drum'n'bass track (a genre that OCR seems to be sadly lacking...hmm...), as this part of the game apparently takes place in a cave of some sort? I wouldn't know, sadly, as I've never played it. Strangely enough, that seems to be the case with almost every game track I remix...ah well, I digress. I tried to give the already-spooky track a serious jolt of adrenaline while making it every bit as creepy as possible. 'Nuff said. Hope y'all enjoy it!"

Yeah, this be sum good music for Halloween or a similary dark & sinister occasion of your choice; in addition to the disturbed, cavernous chromaticism of its melodic content, the artist has packed in some biting, tweaked beats. OA has this mix's number:

"When this started out I was a little skeptical, as that snare is silly weak, but it was one of those "gotcha" moments as the song gradually evolved into something a lot more badass. There is some good variation on the theme to keep it interesting in several spots, but it seemed like this was really being driven by the percussion, and though the song itself is short, there is a reasonable amount of interest based on such a tiny source track for this to be passable for me."

It's definitely all about the drums, and some of the stuttering (not audio, compositional) snare rolls/builds towards the end really enjoy the limelight. Get it? Because it's lime? Vinnie adds:

"I dug this overall, and thought the approach was fine because of how original the backing track was. The soundscape was hellish and the off-kilter Moblin melody suited it."

A smart, tight, dark, & invigoratingly percussive take on the source material from Flexstyle!



Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Melodious Punk
on 2013-05-13 22:29:38

that's just great. I like that the snare is low-pitched, it sounds pissed off.

Tuberz McGee
on 2011-12-25 15:48:03

The melody line in the beginning is haunting. With the scenic effects in the back it's even more so.

The distorted drums in the back add to the melodic scenery even more.

Once it all goes high energy it's like you're being chased around a labyrinth by a demon.


Or I've just got an overactive imagination. Heh

Either way, this ReMix is frightening... and that's exactly why I love it. ;-)

on 2011-12-24 15:44:33

This is a really fun song. Right after it came out, I remember jokin' about it with Flexstyle on IRC (asking if he was gonna keep his nightmares or something).

The song itself is nice, a great take on the source. Memorable too; I haven't heard it in a while, honestly, but it comes to mind rather readily.

on 2011-12-19 00:41:02

What a dark creepy mix from Flexstyle here. It certainly is not one I'd mistake for the good guys ever, which is a good thing. The source itself doesn't appear to be much from what I can gather with the mix, so it really shows off Flexstyle's touch here in taking the chiptunes and refining it into something more sinister. It builds itself up in a subtle manner, letting it creep up on you more and more as the song goes on. I think a little more silence to the end of the song might actually help bring out that ending some, to help give a sense of the silence from an aftermath of some act from a horror movie.

Great job here!

on 2011-12-17 18:16:09

Damn, that's a pretty catchy and spooky intro. I love the dark beat there right before it bursts out into hectic drum and bass. I am in love with that rolling section between 1:40 and 1:55. This really works for a upbeat Halloween scene and the percussion sells this ReMix completely. All in all, this has a wonderful sound and arrangement. Amazing work on this creepy little tune.

on 2011-12-10 10:18:20

So when I first heard this track, I managed to hear a huge step up when comparing it to Flexstyle's initial PRC works; even here it does well when taking the source apart (again, 8 measures long... I have a history with these small ones :P) and adapting it well to this much darker DnB setting.

Arrangement-wise it does tend to rely on the first four measures a lot, but there's a lot of variety placed in with the percussion/sfx building and all the strong synth pad manipulations to further amplify this mood - signs that Flexstyle's production skills are really shaping him up to be a prominent face amongst OCR. One can almost envision the calamity for the Great Moblin Hideout coming excessively early by this setting.

I may say that people may not get this safe structure though, but for me as long as the substance carries the mix through, then it's a very appropriate contribution towards Ben's Oracle of Ages album. Nice going, and I hope to see you keep advancing with your work on Lime of the Season too :D

Melbu Frahma
on 2011-12-07 20:27:01

I abso-friggin'-lutely love the intro to this piece; it really chills the piece down and sets the mood for what's to follow. Or at least it seems to, until it really gets going 40(ish) seconds later, at which point I, at least, got completely caught off guard. Really unique track, great for a listen when you're feeling dark, energetic music.

Great stuff, Flex. More please! :)

on 2011-12-06 02:28:58

Rather surprised I never commented on this one when the album came out. This is a really awesome song; Flexstyle really never ceases to amaze, and I knew he'd do the source justice the minute I saw he was involved (this after his Dark Cloud 2 ReMix). I think if this had actually played during my playthrough of Oracle of Ages... well, suffice it to say I would have been scared out of my wits AND rocking out at the same time. Oh, and dying. A lot.

on 2011-12-05 00:07:10

Really unnerving start, with the super crisp drums starting, and then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! The transitions between sections are very strong, and the section where the drums hit a frantic peak (which are definitely the strong point of the mix) is super cool. The screams throughout are a bit much, but they are treated in such a way that they are more atmosphere than forefront, making it a lot more palatable. The melodic structure is a little loose on this, but the rest of the track is quality.

Hylian Lemon
on 2011-05-25 09:34:54

I'm glad Flex is sticking around for Lime of the Season despite having never played the games. PLAY THEM. They will make your life infinitely more meaningful.

This is a pretty awesome, hard-hitting track. The drums are really fun (in a gritty not fun way), and the strange lone melody writhing among the screams makes for a solid nightmarish track.

To HylianLemon: How have things been going with Lime of the Season?

Like any other project basically

trying to remix zelda oracle music is kinda like torture imo

Fun, isn't it

on 2011-05-24 18:10:41

Oof, love it!

on 2011-05-24 16:32:19

Halloween? You don't say... I honor "Christmas in July" every year on July 25. Same would've gone for Halloween had there been nothing to market in May or June. "Halloween in May" would've been on June's Eve, or May 31. It's an early "Halloween in May" release!

To Flexstyle: Do you, by any chance, have titles for your two Lime of the Season tracks?

To HylianLemon: How have things been going with Lime of the Season?

on 2011-05-24 16:23:38

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Nintendo , 2001, GBC)
Music by Minako Adachi
"Great Moblin's Hideout"

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