Arranging the music of one song...

"Windmill Hut"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo , 1998, N64), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2015-11-25, evaluated by the judges panel

One day many years from now I hope to be worldsbestgrandpa, but until that day comes, we've got worldsbestgrandpa, who follows up his two posted ReMixes from 2014 with a folksy, accordion-centric arrangement of "Windmill Hut" from Ocarina of Time & who crafted his submission email in the form of a poem:

"Instruments: button box accordion, autoharp, toy piano, Pokémon card on bicycle spokes, creaky door

step right up
go around and around
a mechanical melody
lifts your feet from the ground

the smile is a snare
the song is a spell
top hats and coattails
hide the sin well

what's wholesome or wicked
you cannot tell

beware the carousel"

If only he could collaborate with Tom Waits - I envision an entire album filled with atmospheric, maudlin folk VGM arrangements, peppered with caravan instrumentation & Waits' gravely vocals. It would be beautiful. While conservative in some ways, this ReMix does a great job adapting for the genre & instruments employed, especially creaky door ;) Double-time tempo fluctations help extend the piece & give it a bit more structure, and the swaying, ebb-and-flow of the melody & accompaniment suit the accordion quite well. Great stuff, short but focused & conceptually pure; for those of you here in the States with us, enjoy your Thanksgiving!!



Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-04-18 02:34:56

This is super fun, the accordion fits too damn well with the Windmill Hut that I would not be surprised if I was told that this was how it was meant to be played. WorldsBestGrandpa always had the best sounding folksy mixes that I'm fond of, considering that I've heard similar stuff around my family where I live for years. Great arrangement of a classic source, a certain download for me.

on 2016-04-25 12:54:57

It is always a joy to listen to worldsbestgrandpa's remixes!

on 2016-01-04 12:41:04

World's best grandpa indeed! This was a pleasure to listen to. I tend to associate sounds with textures, and to me, each instrument in this arrangement seems to have its own fantastically rustic, earthy, slightly rusty and dusty feeling. The overall simplicity of the piece brings about an odd sense of nostalgia for me.

on 2015-12-30 22:37:35

Hah, this is cool! The small changes you did to the melody are cute but also conflicting since I'm so used to the source haha.

There's not really much I can say about this TBH. Love the accordion and the backing instruments add a lot of charm. The change at 2:00 was also pretty cool, and it helps the mix differentiate more from the source.

on 2015-12-06 14:32:59

Tons of character, and the choice of instruments/style is perfect for the spirit of the source. The change of time signature halfway through was a nice surprise. Love it!

on 2015-12-02 11:25:51

Let's just praise worldsbestgrandpa for using such amazing yet rare (in VGM covers and mixes) as accoridion. It just makes me and my soul incredibly happy. With this instrument and a bit of creativity even the most popular source becomes fresh and just awesome. This track is a great example of how to turn the overpopular "Windmill Hut" into a nice folk piece of music AND not to make it dull. Bravo!

on 2015-11-26 01:59:42

If there was ever an artist on here who can put a smile on my face it's worldsbestgrandpa. I know this sounds hokey, but when I hear these remixes I feel like I'm sitting right next to worldsbestgrandpa, in a basement or on a street corner, just listening in with a huge grin on my face. The music just seems so welcoming, it's probably just the nature of the accordion....I really can describe it. I'm just a huge fan of immersive music and I hope worldsbestgrandpa sticks around!!!

on 2015-11-25 16:27:51

Woo, great stuff! I liked the rhythmic personalizations; the double-time section really helped reduce the repetition, and who doesn't like the rackety-tat-tat of a Pokemon card on bicycle wheels? :-)

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2015-11-25 15:21:22

YES! ANOTHER WBG MIX! Always happy when I see anything by worldsbestgrandpa.

And this mix does not disappoint. Live acoustic folk arrangements done right!

on 2015-11-25 15:06:07

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo , 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Windmill Hut"

Tags (5)

Accordion,Chromatic Percussion
Production > Live Instruments

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