And here we are with another installment of the music tracks article series. With the release of The Legend of Zelda – Spirit Tracks closing in we at ZeldaInformer are very excited and everyone is running around trying to finish up various projects and articles. I am not trying to suggest that we have something special in store for the release… or am I?
Either way, this week I have another beautiful song in store for you, one I am sure all of you will recognize. Last week we had the Kakariko Village theme and, incidentally, this weeks song is found in only one place within Kakariko Village in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Know which song it is yet?
Of course I am talking about the Windmill Hut theme from, well, the windmill in Kakariko Village!
I think that the first thought that crosses people’s minds when listening to this song is “serenity”. If you’ve played through The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time (And if you haven’t you can close this window right away) then you remember the Windmill Hut because of this very tune and the crazy old chap busily playing inside. I am sure I wasn’t the only one extremely delighted by the fact that you later on got to play that same song on the Ocarina. Not to mention it was one of the most useful songs in the game.
But enough about that, time to look at the song in more detail. We are greeted by a very cheerful theme that sets up the rhythm for the rest of the song. Shortly after the main theme kicks in and roundhouse kicks your senses with +3 to nostalgia enchanted onto its boots.
It is funny how, even though the whole theme consists of little more than 5-6 tones, it can produce one of the most memorable tunes in the history of the franchise. Truly Koji Kondo needs to be dissected in a lab for the sake of science!
On a sidenote – I have used the ZREO redux version of the song in the video above (Yes, the video that sucks, I blame Windows Movie Maker). I personally dislike most of the ZREO compositions because they’re a bit too blurred for my tastes, especially the ones of the midi-based songs from the older games. You can probably expect me to use both the ZREO versions and the originals in the future, when I have access to some normal video editing software.