The Original Sample:
Ballad of The Goddess (Skyward Sword Main Theme) by Koji Kondo et. al
Aside from playing the NBA 2k series with my brother, I’ve never been much of a gamer. But one of my earliest childhood memories was back in ’86. I was playing outside in the forest outside our house (actually a piece of undeveloped land) and I remember hearing my brother yell from the house, “Ninteeeeeendo!” We did not have any gaming system at the time, so I ran home real excited. Being that it was Christmas, I figured my mom bought us NES. Turns out she rented us the NES console for the weekend. Rented or not, we were just excited to be able to play. Our mom handed us a gold-colored cartridge that read The Legend of Zelda. Man… just hearing the original theme music brings me back. Knowing we only had it for the weekend, my siblings and I stayed up all night trying to beat it. I don’t quite remember if we did, but that night is one of those childhood memories I always remember.
25 years later, Nintendo is celebrating the anniversary by releasing a Zelda game on all its consoles. The most recent, Skyward Sword, was released this past weekend on the Wii console and its main theme is this week’s sample. This week’s concept is courtesy of Blackph03nix. He’s always sending me interesting sample concepts, and this week seemed appropriate given the timing of Skyward Sword’s release.
And here’s a LOZ easter egg: Ballad of The Goddess in Reverse = Zelda’s Lullaby (from past LOZ releases)
Reversed version of Ballad of The Goddess
and had I known this video existed earlier, I would have sent this orchestra version of the song as this week’s sample instead (real mad when I found this!):
On an unreleated-related note: contrary to popular belief, THIS is not sampled from The Legend of Zelda, but is dope nonetheless (and does sound Zelda-esque).
Featured Beats and Producers:
Link Joint by Mr. Klimatic (Toledo, OH)
Destine for Greatness by 25/8 (Miami, FL)
Master Sword by Blackph03nix (London, England)
Legend Of Zelda by Bruce Juice (Orlando, FL)
Grateful Journey: A Link to the Present by Sideways (Portland, OR)
Greatness Beyond Measure by NeV (Augusta, GA)
LOZ Tweak by C. Bran (Charlotte, NC)
Roundabout by thadizzie1 (San Francisco, CA)
Zelda by Laza (Holland)