Over time, I’ve grown to truly respect Breath of the Wild’s ambient, piano-based soundtrack. It blends so subtly into the background so as not to drown out your experience of each environment, and instead uses the sound of trees moving in the wind, birds chirping, water flowing, and other beautiful sounds of nature as its main instruments.
Other tracks, while not standouts on their own, fit so exquisitely within a setting or event in the game that you cannot fully experience one without the other — like the soft, mystical music that plays in the Lost Woods or when a dragon glides gracefully overhead.
The remix is how I imagine the forest sounds on a quiet, rainy afternoon when the Koroks sleep the day away inside the warmth of the Deku Tree.
The “Korok Forest Remix” by Casskingdra fits this description with unbelievable perfection. It carries the same ambient vibe that is best appreciated when you envision what environment it represents.
While the original reflects the playful personality of the Koroks, Casskingdra’s remix is how I imagine the forest sounds on a quiet, rainy afternoon when the Koroks sleep the day away inside the warmth of the Deku Tree. Casskingdra skilfully translated the original mixture of upbeat, bouncy instruments into a piano-based, ambient piece that makes you feel so mellow and relaxed. I envision a quiet, cosy room where the storms of the outside world can never touch you.
What’s particularly interesting to me is the “rain” sound in the background. As well as rain, it makes think of the static sound of an old radio or record player. Together with the simple piano notes and chords, it sounds like an old-fashioned music box playing a calm, quiet lullaby that sends every little Korok off to dreamland.