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More Than Just Noise: Now You're Playing With Power!

This should have been my second Monthly Musing. However, due to various reasons, I was unable to complete my biased entry. I hope you like it!

While music is a fantastic facet of many gaming experiences, Ocarina of Time is one of the few that makes it not just a part of the background, but something that is both experienced and executed by the player.

When I first played through the game, I was amazed at all of the things that this one little instrument could do. Rather than inputting a code, pressing a button, or using an item, you had to cast a musical "spell" to take yourself further in a scenario. From Zelda's Lullaby to the warp songs, each little tune has its own purpose and feel. I will show you a few that mean something to me.

Zelda's Lullaby, the first song you learn, is a veritable skeleton key, revealing secrets when it is played near a Triforce symbol. Like many of the songs, Zelda's Lullaby is simple, yet beautiful, and it is only more pleasant to listen to when it is expanded into Zelda's Theme, one of my favorite songs of all time.

Saria's Song was actually my favorite song before it was usurped by Zelda's theme. This song and the expanded Lost Woods theme are fantastic songs, full of energy, and they are just fun to listen to. While this song's use is limited, I find it amusing when it is used to cheer up Darmani and gain entrance to Dodongo's Cavern, as I myself have often used it as a quick pick-me-up.

The Sun's Song is a happy little tune. It heralds the dawn of a new day, can stop ReDeads in their tracks, soothing my fear of those terrifying zombies, and send the skeletons roaming Hyrule field back into the ground, making it, in my mind, a short signal of warmth, safety, and comfort.

The Song of Time. While used only once in Ocarina of Time, it is of enormous importance in its sequel, Majora's Mask. The song exudes a feeling of an ancient power and reverence to the gods with its simple tune. It is your lifeline in Majora's Mask, whisking you away from the cataclysmic fall of the moon, passing through the days when necessary, and slowing down time to aid your quest.

The Nocturne of Shadow is probably my favorite warp song in the entire game. When I first played it, I was filled with dread and anticipation. This song heralded something bad on the horizon, and as the "theme" for a dungeon, I could only imagine what lay ahead...

The polar opposite of the Requiem of Shadow, the Prelude of Light is a song of hope and happiness, a dainty and lighthearted song in a land covered by Ganondorf's evil. On occasion, I would play the song over and over again just to help get myself through a tough spot in the game.

Now, we must end our journey, and reflect upon what we have learned today. The ocarina, a simple instrument in the real world, is so much more than that in The Legend of Zelda. It creates songs of sadness, happiness, and emotions in between. It helps shape the image of a magical world where music can do miracles. It is, ironically, one of your most powerful tools fighting the forces of evil. It added just a little bit more of fantastic music into the masterpiece that is Ocarina of Time. After all of this, it is fair to say that the ocarina creates more than just noise.

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About rexwolf2one of us since 12:51 PM on 06.17.2010

It's your favorite knight, Rex! After an extended leave, I'm back in the community and here to stay.

Along the way back to Dtoid, I've delved into PC gaming and picked up an appreciation for things that I'm horrible at, such as roguelikes, horror, and twitch.

Mix a love for indies, lifelong Nintendo fandom, and an unhealthy obsession with Shu Takumi. Stir with the Master Sword while sprinkling in bits of Cave Story and Terry Cavanagh, then bring to boil. Add in chopped Zero Escape series, with a light hint of not being good at shooters. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes. Serve alongside a generous helping of Kirby, and you've got RexWolfSoup!

I'm trying my best every day to be a bright beam of sunlight, and it's great to meet you! Come and stay a while.

...I still like Kirby Air Ride.


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