Storms, despite often being destructive forces, can have surprisingly powerful calming effects on people. Listening to rain hit against a window, or a gust of wind blowing through a cluster of trees forces a sense of submission to nature, which can bring tranquility. “Song of Storms” is a melody that embodies this, and this lo-fi remix by YouTuber GlitchxCity makes the magic these notes carry even more potent.

Ocarina of Time was first released in Japan on November 21, 1998. This month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most beloved games of all time. Two decades on, Ocarina of Time is still widely regarded as not only the pinnacle of The Legend of Zelda series but as one of the greatest achievements in video game history.
Throughout Ocarina Month, we’re going to be looking back on the game that shaped childhoods, defined the action-adventure genre, and introduced a generation to how magical exploring a 3D world could be.

Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of 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!

If I’m being honest, I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to music, and this song was the first I heard of “lo-fi” even being a thing. The idea of using advanced technology to emulate outdated formats seemed like an unorthodox concept, but I have to say that it works wonderfully with “Song of Storms.”

The soft static of the retro-inspired audio effects complements the calm melody. It’s peaceful and warming, like listening to the cracks and whistles coming from logs in a fireplace. It definitely has me interested in discovering more, similar compositions and arrangements.

I suppose it also matches thanks to how timeless Ocarina of Time and its tracks have become. By today’s standards the game itself is outdated in the technological sense, but those age spots just speak to its charm. The use of lo-fi for a remix of one of its songs is almost like a statement. Quality overrides age.

This song is in a few of my playlists now and is a good accompanying theme to those easy, do-nothing rainy days. “Song of Storms” has always been one of Ocarina of Time’s more captivating tunes, and this version is no exception.