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SOUNDTEST
Starting the Year Right 01.07.2011
Past Updates: 12.31.2010 | 12.17.2010 | 12.03.2010
"Music rots when it gets too far from the dance. Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music."
- Ezra Pound
11 - Seven Sealed Maidens
Daryl Banner The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past | Dark World Dungeon, Boss (BGM), and Boss Clear Fanfare
Author's Comments
I played a lot with this tune. There was probably six different versions of this song that I did, but this one is the variant I was attached to the most. I didn't want to complicate the song with too many gimmicks or alterations... After enduring the mystery of this song sevenfold (every dungeon of the Dark World), it's sorta tricky to pull away from it and not make it feel like a totally different song. I threw in some Zelda dungeon classics to interrupt the song, like finding the Big Treasure Chest, discovering a few secrets, meeting the boss in the end... with low-life... and swearing under your breath that you should've saved your game when you had the chance... and then finally freeing the maiden in the end.

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Yup. It's the first update of the year. Thankfully, I didn't have to relieve another physician this week and I managed to put up a column on schedule. Nothing like starting the year right, right?

Seven Sealed Maidens opens with a more subdued variation of Dark World Dungeon that lacks the original track's trademark tremolos. The said tremolos only appear at around the one-minute mark, along with new samples, including one that vaguely sounds like the generic spooky sound effect. I suppose it was an appropriate choice—a large chunk of the mix is based on a piece entitled Dark World Dungeon, after all. The melodic line became somewhat buried in this segment, though. Some familiar Legend of Zelda sound bits appear at 2:40, 3:02, and 3:09, as if one was really traversing through the dungeon in real time. Keeping true to this feel, the brasswinds erupt with Boss (BGM) half a minute later and the remix eventually culminates in the Boss Clear Fanfare, played by an acoustic guitar. Again, this is an example of very smart instrumentation. It's as if the bard had finished a chapter of his tale with a flourish of his guitar as the brave hero defeats the evil boss.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this week's Sound Test update. Have a great weekend!

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