Posted 2022-01-19, evaluated by Liontamer
Last but never least, we have the oft-imitated, never-duplicated renaissance voice actor, author, internet celebrity, parkour...er, and of course multi-instrumentalist & arranger XPRTNovice (Joe Zieja), who brings us his unique, darker symphonic take on "Kakariko Village," as featured on Mirror Image:
"I really wanted to tell a different story than the typical Kakariko Village theme for the series, and my mind drifted to all the times we abused the chickens in the village. I thought about what their story would be like. And then I thought they might want revenge. I tried to give it to them."
Repercussions of fowl lamentation, indeed. I think you could be forgiven for listening to this mix and not - necessarily - immediately conjuring images of abused-chicken retribution, as it's really just a creative, minor-key/epic take on a bubbly, upbeat original, executed w/ style. Liontamer writes:
"I loved Joe's twist of taking such a relaxed theme like "Kakariko Village" and giving it a tense, cinematic grandeur. All because he had empathy for 16-bit pixel chickens.
Can somebody animate the chickens' revenge to this one? Hey, don't blame me for asking. When you hear the vox in this piece, imagine a brighter day for those chickens.
And Joe's my chicken-channeling colleague on the judges panel. I mean... we know he'll be a great help, we tested him. But life is very, very strange sometimes. :-)"
One highlight for me was the extensive use of chromatic runs, channeling some Romantic, almost Wagnerian vibes, and of course everyone loves BIG DRUMS when they make LARGE BOOM; those chickens have some serious artillery. I've been humming this arrangement to myself all day, expanding on some of the ideas, and I think that functionally it really clicks - excellent approach to take with the source melody, good blend of symphonic/cinematic elements to make things appropriately EPIC, and if you NEED a backstory, well... chickens. Check.
Excellent work as expected from XPRTNovice, and I'm downright jubilant to have Joe, Jordi, & Jack join us as new judges!
All three of them should collab on a ReMix of J.J. & Jeff, just so I can bust out the dictionary and J it up some more ;)
on 2022-03-19 23:25:17
Very good stuff xprtnovice no idea you were so good at orchestral stuff. Its got a range of emotion in it which is good. The ending was fun and sweet too. I love hearing all those zelda melodies like that.
on 2022-02-17 17:00:09
HAHAHA I love everything about this!
on 2022-01-17 23:43:23
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Kakariko Village"
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