Posted on August 21 2018 by Sean Gadus
Arriving at the Forest Temple is a critical moment in Ocarina of Time. This is the first temple Link experiences as an adult, so it is a major step up in level complexity and puzzle design compared to the three dungeons that came before it. A haunting, overgrown, mansion-like structure, the Forest Temple explores the dangers of the natural world, as well as the supernatural.
This “Forest Wraiths” arrangement from OverClocked ReMix was performed by Emunator (which took them over three years to finish!) and captures the haunting nature of what lurks in the trees. The arrangement makes use of four songs from the Ocarina of Time, including the scores of the Lost Woods, Deku Tree, the Title Theme, and of course, the Forest Temple.
Emunator uses discordant electronic sounds to construct a suitably mysterious and unnerving melody. The piece goes through a number of different tones shifts, which Emunator explains as:
“…starting from a mysterious intro, transitioning into something groovy and playful, then finally into a dark, gritty climax to represent the Temple’s various boss fights. I ended with a very atmospheric outro section, which serves as a detached coda to illustrate the moment of tranquility after Link returns to Kokiri Forest.”
It’s very interesting to see the themes Ocarina of Time re-imagined with new instrumentation. In this arrangement, the electronic sounds are able to create a sense of unease and mystery that perfectly represent the experience of exploring the Forest Temple.
What do you think of this arrangement? Will you be checking out any more work from Emunator? Let us know in the comments below!