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"Music's the medicine of the mind."
- John A. Logan
09 - Life on Death Mountain
Daryl Banner The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past | Turned Into a Rabbit! and Cave
Author's Comments
This encompasses the mountain theme, the what-the-hell-why-am-I-a-rabbit theme, the mystery of the mirror and the first glimpse into the Dark World, to the capture of the final pendant, and through the going-into-a-dark-cave theme. It's definitely a scramble of some dark themes, one little glimpse of it, before we're plunged headfirst into the Dark World entirely.

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10 - The Golden Land
Daryl Banner The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past | Dark World
Author's Comments
Welcome to the Dark World. You might find it's sorta like the Light World, except everything's all twisted and if you don't have that little moon pearl thing, you're stuck as a rabbit. I found my mood to be thrilled when I got to the Dark World, realizing I hadn't beaten the game, that I'd just broke into a new world to explore. So that's the thrilled energy that I used in translating this song to Darylish. And so, under a burning golden sky, you go hunting to free those seven silly maidens from their crystal cages.

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Last week saw me miss yet another update. I actually was ready to put up a column that day, but certain problems arose. The master file table of my system's most massive disk partition got corrupted, and I ended up wasting a good twelve or so hours salvaging my files. I ended up losing over half of the files, but at least I managed to save most of my original compositions, text files and artwork... Hey, it could've been worse! Still, it was such a terrible way to welcome Christmas. I hope yours was much better.

Now on to the pieces... Life on Death Mountain's rapid, seven-beat monotone opening immediately gives the piece that old-school feel despite modern sound of the samples used. The mix gives much emphasis on the rhythm, as the melody itself is somewhat simple and repetitive. The drums are simply delightful. Cave's Psycho-like passages, then, appear a little past the halfway mark and invoke an even darker feel. The brasswinds eventually reiterate motifs from Turned Into a Bunny!, wrapping up the mix.

Daryl's usage of woodwinds to carry The Golden Land's melody works surprisingly well, and almost sounds better than the original, which uses the string section. The slightly diminished tempo also works wonders.

Well, that's about it for the last update of 2010. Happy New Year, everyone! May 2011 be a delightful year for all of us! Until next time!

Fermat's Last Theorem, M.D.

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