Posted 2017-01-10, evaluated by the judges panel

nelward (Nick Elward) follows up his quirky debut EarthBound ReMix from October of last year with another somewhat eccentric arrangement, this time taking a theme that Soyo Oka used in BOTH Link's Awakening AND SimCity and creating a funky, FX-laden groove that almost sounds like the opening theme to a VERY weird 70's sitcom - in a good way:

"It's a reinterpretation of the "Mr. Write" theme from Zelda: Link's Awakening, and also "Dr. Wright's Theme" from SimCity for the SNES. Both are by Soyo Oka. Thank you, Mrs. Oka.

I always knew this as Mr. Write's theme from Link's Awakening and it's a tune that always gets stuck in my head despite only being featured in that game briefly. The loop is only about 4 bars, so I had to embellish it a bit. Hope you enjoy!"

This feels like the type of jam I could get some serious shopping done to at the local Junes; some SNES-style embellishments remind me of the original SMW OST, and the funky retro brass & orchestra hits reflect a laid-back, rather playful aesthetic. Not without some pointers/critique, Chimpazilla writes:

"The remix by comparison is creative and lively, and at the same time chill, and all the while the source is completely recognizable. The breakdown is cool and unique, I would have liked some extra ear candy there, but it breaks up the arrangement nicely. There are some sections that repeat essentially wholesale, and I would have preferred to hear some different elements added the second time around, but I have to give credit for what you did with this short source so I'm overlooking the copy/pasta."

Sir_NutS echoes:

"This remix is very simple but also very clever. The sound design won't blow anyone's mind, and the mixing is decent, but the arrangement ideas introduced to such a short source are remarkable. On my subjective take on this, this is super catchy and will brighten anyone's day with its happy, careless nature."

It's upbeat & makes it rather hard not to smile, in addition to being a good example of extrapolating from a more minimal source. While I agree with Kris that some of the repeating bits could & should have been differentiated, this is a fun, postivive, kinda-silly-yet-still-very-creative mix from nelward; I dig how his mind works, it's fun to see that Soyo Oka was clearly having fun as well with the homonym Wright/Write sibling sources, and we hope you enjoy!



Latest 4 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Uffe von Lauterbach
on 2017-01-11 01:18:34

I agree with the sitcom sounding intro. That sort of thing makes me laugh. I'm not familiar with the original theme, but some of this kind of reminded me of EarthBound.

The Damned
on 2017-01-10 18:31:45

Always in favor of more Link's Awakening remixes. This one happens to also be pretty good to boot!

on 2017-01-10 16:30:20

nelward = Quality stuff. Cool tune! It's more relaxed than what I'm used to from him.

on 2017-01-09 15:21:19

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo , 1993, GB)
Music by Kozue Ishikawa,Minako Hamano
"Mr. Write's House"
Additional Game:
SimCity (Nintendo , 1991, SNES)
Music by Soyo Oka
"Dr. Wright"

Tags (8)

Easy Listening,Jazz
Brass,Chiptune,Chromatic Percussion,Synth

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