[Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favourite tracks from the Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!]
It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me at all that Majora’s Mask is my favorite Zelda. And so by proxy, the soundtrack from the game is one of my favorites. So when I found Theophany and his remixes for the first time, I fell in love with his music immediately.Released on the second of two Majora’s Mask remix albums titled “Time’s End” and “Time’s End II” respectively, “Song of Healing” (or “Believe In Your Strengths”, as it is later known on the album release) is one of the best remixes I have ever heard.
It has all the staples of what makes Theophany’s music so haunting and yet beautiful. It’s clear that every single song Theophany remixes has a lot of love and effort put into it. The instrumentation is spot on, the song is paced well, and it makes me feel like I’m playing Majora’s Mask and learning the “Song of Healing” from the Masked Salesman once again.
Perhaps one of the more unique aspects of Theophany’s remixes is his choice to use sound effects in his music. In this particular instance, he uses a sound effect to denote the mask falling from Link’s face as he is finally rid of the Deku Scrub form. It’s a very interesting decision, but it’s never overused and is often impactful, and even gives you a very specific idea of the location Link is at in the game itself, which gives a much more vivid imagination to the remix than most other remixes I’ve listened to. It adds to a much darker feeling in the remix, especially if one knows the original song and source material at all.
A point of contention for a fair number of folks with this variant of the remix was the spoken dialogue at roughly 2:41 in. The album release does not have this dialogue due to a good amount of backlash, so if that part of the song is jarring to you, rest assured that it is taken out of the album version.
If you like what you heard and want to hear more, be sure to check out Theophany’s Bandcamp where you can purchase both fantastic albums for a paltry $3 each. Alternatively you can listen to both albums on his YouTube page as well.