Lord Jabu-Jabu (cover)

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This is a re-orchestration (or cover, whichever you prefer) of Nintendo and Capcom's "Level 7: Jabu-Jabu's Belly," from their Game Boy Color game "Oracle of Ages." Busy working on my suite, I was ready for a break, and, inspired by ZREO, thought I might try a hand at re-orchestrating something. That something was Jabu-Jabu's Belly (though ACTUALLY it was Oracle of Seasons' Level 6: Ancient Ruins, but I was having difficulties, so I switched to this instead).

In making this, which I notated completely from scratch by listening to the original, I wanted to convey a sort of detached, sinking feeling, like when you just discover something really detrimental to your future, that you can't do anything about. The original always reminded me of decaying flesh (or just decaying things in general) thanks to its strange key signature, many accidentals, and general dissonance. What really makes it stand out from the other dungeons, though, is its interesting use of the piano (or at least the GBC sound equivalent of a piano), which emulated a heart beat. I tried to capture that as perfectly as I could in the Bass Clarinet, Bass Drum, Contrabass, and Piano in my version.

A Tenor Saxophone enters on the repeat, doubling the English Horn and Viola. The saxophone, I've found, seems to fit the Zoras very well, so I found it impossible to orchestrate a song about the God of Water and leave out a saxophone solo.

Sibelius doesn't normally make loops, but I tried to cut it down in Audacity as best as I could to make it loop-able.

Orchestration (c) Me
Original Song (c) Nintendo, Capcom (anonymous composer)

You may find the original song on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=FcprRlsMByw

Feedback is both welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. :)


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2.13 / 5.00

May 22, 2010
1:39 AM EDT
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