We’ve chosen our ten winning entries for the Zelda music week of Triforce Tributes. Each of our lucky winners will receive a selection of three special 30th anniversary art prints courtesy of Nintendo Australia.
As with every week, it’s been extremely tough choosing the winners. We loved every single entry we received, and the passion for Zelda rang true. However, seeing as we could only choose ten winners, tomorrow we’ll feature some more of our favorite musical entries that we feel deserve a special mention. For now, let’s look at the entries of the musicians who won.
We loved rocking out to SwigglesRP’s rock version of the Ice Cavern theme from Ocarina of Time. You can just tell that SwigglesRP is rocking out as he plays this theme by syncing up two different guitars, keyboard, and a rocking percussion track. What really impressed us is that, while the Ice Cavern theme is actually fairly basic and rather simple, SwigglesRP really fleshed out the theme, adding some much needed melody to the repeating chords heard in the original.
While the music in the actual Legend of Zelda games never really goes metal, Devin shows that the style is far less important than the actual music as he adapts it with a strong metal influence. He takes us on a musical journey through the Hyrule theme, then the Lost Woods, before taking us back through Zelda II’s Palaces. He adds a lot of riffs to really make these classic themes his own.
Insane in the Rain Music
There’s something special about this track that converts the Midna’s Lament theme from Twilight Princess into a jazz cover. The adaptation is expertly done, and we feel it even improves upon the original. The artist mixes keyboards, guitar, percussion, and the quintessential jazz saxophone to take you on an emotional roller coaster with a film noir twist.
Anyone who dares mix not just one but two ocarinas into an Ocarina of Time soundtrack deserves some serious credit. Star Foxers, however, goes beyond that to not only feature both ocarinas with the melody but also to show that you don’t need fancy percussion to really set the rhythm. A tambourine, finger clicking, and a guiro to close the song are the only percussion he needs.
Breath of the Wild is on everyone’s minds right now! A few weeks ago, we were amazed at how many artists were quick to send in art of the newly revealed Zelda into Triforce Tributes; this week, we were met with someone who took the past few weeks to remaster the main theme from Breath of the Wild’s January trailer. Not only is this song a stunning remix, we caught at least three different guitars in this performance! Kudos to Dacian who not only had to listen to the trailer’s music over and over to pick out all the notes but then had to reorchestrate it to create this brilliant final product.
A lot of Zelda fans may not have played Zelda II, but its temple theme music has been immortalized in their minds largely thanks to Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, while the Smash version may be fully orchestrated, David’s solo piano performance is a technical feat we couldn’t dream of. He expertly flies across several octaves as he perfectly replicates the work of an entire orchestra. He even sneaks in a killer secret melody midway into the performance, and it works surprisingly well with the theme’s bass line.
Christopher’s entry transported us straight to Twilight Princess’ Lake Hylia as we dreamed of scuba diving through the deep waters in search of adventures unknown. It really pulls us into the mood, very similar to how Super Mario 64’s Jolly Roger Bay epitomizes that underwater aspect so well. Interestingly enough, he isn’t content to just go with one style of the song, warping it into a fast-paced rock version as he varies the melody line. It’s a super classy ride.
Some people in the Northern Hemisphere may be tired of the snow, but this Breath of the Wild mix seems perfect to skate through a wintry wonderland. This brings us back to the E3 reveal of the game, and even goes so far as to add sleigh bells towards the end to add the cherry on the top. It had us picturing the sweeping landscape seen from the Great Plateau all under a thick blanket of snow.
We had to appreciate Swarm Striker going a little bit outside of the box and giving us this entry from Mario Paint Composer. Most people have fun in embellishing and adding complexity to the simple MIDI tracks of Zelda games of yore, but Swarm Striker went with a demake, pulling Twilight Princess’ Ilia’s Theme back into the bleeps and bloops of the 16-bit era. And yet the simple music still captures the emotion of Ilia from the original theme perfectly.
We loved Teemu’s self-duet of Skyward Sword’s Ballad of the Goddesses and Breath of the Wild’s song Life in the Ruins. The two songs fit very nicely into one another, and again it shows that music doesn’t have to be complex but can be as simple as a melody overlaying a harmony. He even pulls a great musical joke at the very end, leaving us hanging for that final chord. We applaud you.
Congratulations to all of our winners! By now, each of you should have received an email from us with the subject “Zelda Universe Triforce Tributes: Zelda Music.” If you’re one of the winners mentioned above and haven’t heard from us, please contact us at [email protected] from the email address you used to enter the competition. If you’re still interested in joining our celebration, we’re in the final week where we’re looking for Zelda videos; you can see the main Triforce Tributes announcement post for more details.