Ahh, The Great Sea. Who doesn’t love its upbeat music? I actually have a running joke with some of my friends and family about this track: any time there’s a scene in a film or a game involving sailing of any kind (including Moana), we have to film it with “The Great Sea” music playing over it. It’s just that iconic. I’m always delighted to hear remixes of it, and this one in particular by dj-Jo is sensational. It drenches you in its catchy retro beats, takes you for a dive in some perfectly-placed dubstep, and makes you thirsty for a sea-bound adventure.

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!

Given that “The Great Sea” theme is already a phenomenal track that perfectly encapsulates The Wind Waker’s sense of adventure, I was surprised to find myself (controversially) preferring dj-Jo’s version over the original! This is because I love its retro, synth style that brings a freshness to the piece and emphasizes the heavier beats, marching drums, and crashing cymbals. It simultaneously recreates and heightens the energy that gets you pumped to raise your sail and pull your anchor aweigh. I particularly love the explosion of cymbals throughout, which perfectly emulates the ocean’s waves crashing and splashing around you.

The retro 8-bit sounds not only work well at emphasizing the piece’s catchy tune and making me drum along on my desk, but it also make me wonder what an 8-bit Wind Waker would look like!

8-bit Wind Waker
Image source: Nintendo Wire

A particularly interesting section of this track comes in at 3:40, which recreates the ominous version of The Great Sea music (known as “The Cursed Sea”) that plays when you must track down the final Pearl. Now, I’m not normally a fan of harsh dubstep sounds, but I have to say: they lend themselves perfectly to this section of the remix. Whether intentional or not, it expertly imitates the sound of chaotic, crashing waves, relentless rain, and tumultuous thunder and lightning, all of which you can imagine mercilessly tossing around Link and The King of Red Lions.

But eventually, the clouds part and the storm settles — we return to that triumphant crescendo of drums, synth sounds, and cymbals. Once again, we’re sailing under a clear blue sky and across an endless, lively sea, with the wind at our tail wherever we go and an adventurer’s spirit leading the way.