ReMix:The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past "Come to the Dark Side, It's a Funky Place" 3:35

By Nostalvania

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dark World"

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

Posted 2016-04-07, evaluated by djpretzel

Criminally funky & reprehensibly creative ReMixer Nostalvania continues his onslaught of amazing arrangements, this time setting his sights on the ever-popular "Dark World" theme from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, turning the funky knob all the way up to 11, pulling the groovy time signature lever repeatedly, and offering up a delicious & nutritious jazz/funk take on the classic source:

"Hello, everyone, it's me again with another submission. I always wanted to remix "Dark World," and I always thought that it would fit into a 7/8 rhythm (and I was right). I think it's not really necessary, but I'll give you a source breakdown anyway because I want to talk a bit about the arrangement.

  • 0:00-0:27 - Piano intro, C part of source
  • 0:27-0:41 - Intro chords (7/8)
  • 0:41-1:08 - A (2x)
  • 1:08-1:24 - B in 4/4
  • 1:25-1:31 - Intro chords, back to 7/8
  • 1:32-1:45 - C (7/8 divided into 3 + 4 instead of 4 + 3)
  • 1:46-2:14 - E-bass solo
  • 2:14-2:29 - B (4/4)
  • 2:30-2:44 - C (7/8)
  • 2:44-2:52 - Melody of A played by bass
  • 2:52-2:58 - Bass fill
  • 2:58-3:12 - Intro chords played by organ (outro)
  • 3:12-3:26 - Organ solo, variation of intro chords in piano comping (bass goes crazy)
  • 3:26-3:33 - Ending

Yeah, as you can hear the remix is in a jazz/funk style with a Hammond-like organ as the lead instrument and acoustic piano comping. I didn't do much in terms of reharmonizing, although I added some sus4 chords and tritone substitutions in the B section, as well as a little turnaround always at the end of the C section. By the way, I've had a lot of fun writing the bass part, hehe."

Crazy stuff; nice panning/rotary on the organ, so it has a lot of stereo motion to it, and production is generally crisp & clean overall, but it's the arrangement/performance that stands out the most - being a more familiar source that also has a good amount of meat to it, I think folks will appreciate the myriad rhythmic shifts and changeups Markus has thrown in; he's taken something originally epic & made it a lot sassier, while still retaining the core. Emunator writes:

"Wow, this is GROOVY. Markus' technical prowess always shines through in his remixes, but something about this one particular makes me feel like he really let loose and decided to have some fun. The bones of the track are well-assembled, but the way the organ and bass dances nimbly around the rest of the instrumentation is just downright exciting. It's those limber solos and lead melodies that make this shine."

What he said; fully delivers on the concept of doing this theme in a jazz/funk style with mixed signatures, and lays down some mean organ licks in the process. Somewhere, Neskvartetten are smiling :)



Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Venom Fighter X
on 2016-04-28 16:31:17

The is really well done, super tasty.

You made some really smart decisions with the mix and instrument placement.

Top notch voice leading and arrangement.

on 2016-04-13 11:20:14


Hey, that's cool, thanks for using my music on the CD! Yeah, i've had some fun making this ReMix, especially with the bass part. I love to write bass lines :D

on 2016-04-12 20:29:59

I'm making a mix CD of OC ReMixes for my Mom to introduce her to OCR. Along with Diggi Dis, McVaffe, and Joshua Morse, Nostalvania keeps coming up on the list of remixers on the CD. Such a groovy mix! This must've been really fun to make. I LOVE the quiet snare and hi-hat at 2:45 buliding to the ride bell later. And that BASS starting at 3:12 is SICK! Has me like :blink::blink::blink:

on 2016-04-11 05:55:46

Thanks for all the comments and kind words, really appreciate it!

@timaeus222 Yeah, it's in the WIP forums:

And i'm very glad you liked the bass solo :) i like it too

on 2016-04-11 01:47:33

I feel like I've heard this in the WIP forums before, but I can't find it. :/

That bass solo though, so good! One of your funkiest tracks yet!

on 2016-04-10 23:14:36

Nostalvania's 7/8 stuff is always ridiculously good, and this is no exception. I don't even know man, there's just too much creativity and groove and everything in this mix

on 2016-04-09 02:16:42

Not even my style and I have to bow to this creation. Really crushes the groove. Lots and lots of interesting things here; it's like every 10 seconds my ears perked up at another unexpected handling of the rhythm/harmony/melody/sequencing/percussion. You can tell this was in the hands of someone who knew what they were doing. Really impressive. I recommend for anyone regardless of style.

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2016-04-08 22:47:06


I love absolutely everything about this mix. The bass, the B3, the piano, the composition, the production, the arrangement..... I could go on.

on 2016-04-08 14:18:36

spectacular stuff. eloquent phrasing throughout

on 2016-04-08 10:45:57

Well, by this I was inspired to map out my own odd time signature plan of an arrangement for this source.

on 2016-04-08 02:39:02

One of the best Zelda remixes in recent times, love it! Putting this one in my car playlist for sure.

on 2016-04-07 14:18:07

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (9)

Arrangement > Quartet
Time > Time Signature: Variable

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