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Old Oct 9, 2015, 07:13 PM
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Old Oct 10, 2015, 03:19 PM
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This is quite an interesting topic, ever since Nintendo is quite scarce giving detailed composer information on the Zelda games overall (we can only rely on selection soundtracks or piano books), or even any first-party franchise at all.

Nevertheless, I would like to start with one of the less mainstream games: Link's Awakening. Regarding the composers:

-Kazumi Totaka has said to have done "all the sound programming and sound effects", but I'm pretty sure he must have composed a few BGM tracks (in the form of fanfares, or his eponymous song); everything that sounds like his other Game Boy classics like Super Mario Land 2 or Kaeru no Tame is definetly his work.

-Kozue Ishikawa, main composer of the Game Boy Wario Land titles, arranged Kondo's classic theme for the overworld, and she is most likely to have done most of the outdoor BGM; songs that use the same "quirkiness" of Wario Land are sure to be her work.

-As for Minako Hamano, she doesn't really have any 8-bit standalone work to compare with (I don't count Pokémon Puzzle Challenge because it was co-composed with Taishi Senda); however, because of she being a prominent composer on the Metroid franchise, I do think she may have some kind of "dark" of "mystic" mood tone in her melodies; that's why I think she may have handled most of the dungeon music (or any other theme I can't say to be Totaka or Ishikawa).

Yuichi Ozaki only handled the Color Dungeon theme in the DX version, so no problem with him.

Also, accoding to "Game Concert 3" (http://vgmdb.net/album/879), the track The Legend of Zelda (Game Boy Version) "Looking Towards the Islands of Dreams" was composed by Kondo, Hamano and Ishikawa; eliminating Kondo since he didn't work on Link's Awakening (and he is most likely credited because of composing the classic Zelda overworld) we have left Hamano and Ishikawa for the game's ending. Since that piece has two parts, one being an original piece alike Ishikawa's overworld and the other being Ballad of the Wind Fish, I guess that we could align Ishikawa to that first part and have Hamano as composer for Ballad of the Wind Fish (although I admit I may not be sure this gives a complete confirmation XD).

Anyway, enough roundabouts and let's get to the deal:

(EDIT 2017/08/10: I've given now the OST a second listen and I think I have more confidence in some of the themes, so I'm changing everything to reflect what do I think currently. I'm thinking probably Hamano had the majority of songs after all...)

KT - Kazumi Totaka; MH - Minako Hamano; KI - Kozue Ishikawa; YO - Yuichi Ozaki

Spoiler:
  • Intro - MH
  • Title Screen - KI
  • Player Select Name - KI
  • Hidden Song - Title Screen Remix - KT
  • Hidden Song - Totaka's Song - KT
  • Hidden Song - LOLO Song - KT
  • Hidden Song - Moyse Song - KT
  • Link's Awakening - MH
  • Item Catch - KT
  • Search Sword - MH
  • The Wise Owl - MH
  • Found Your Sword - MH
  • The Journey Begins - KI
  • Mabe Village - MH
  • Overworld - KI
  • House - MH
  • Telephone Booth - KI
  • Shop - KI
  • Trendy Game - KI
  • Mysterious Forest - KI
  • Piece of Power ~ Guardian Acorn - KT
  • Cave - MH
  • Tail Cave ~ Level 1 - MH
  • Secret - KT
  • SideScrolling - KI
  • Miniboss Battle - MH
  • Boss Battle - MH
  • Big Heart Container ~ Instrument of the Sirens - KT
  • Holding the Instrument - KT
  • Full Moon Cello - MH
  • The Moblins Took BowWow! - KI
  • The Moblins Hideout - KI
  • Bottle Grotto ~ Level 2 - MH
  • Conch Horn - MH
  • Richard's Villa - KT
  • Totaka's Song - KT
  • Monkeys Build Bridge - KI
  • Kanalet Castle - MH
  • Key Cavern ~ Level 3 - MH
  • Sea Lily's Bell - MH
  • Dream Shrine Upper Level - MH
  • Dreaming in the Bed - MH
  • Dream Shrine Lower Level - MH
  • Link and Marin's Ballad of the Wind Fish - MH
  • Tarin is Being Chased by Bees! - KI
  • Animal Village - KI
  • Christine's House - KT
  • Marin's Beach - MH
  • On the Beach with Marin - MH
  • Marin Sings the Ballad of the Wind Fish - MH
  • Mt. Tamaranch - KI
  • Angler's Tunnel Revealed - KT
  • Angler's Tunnel ~ Level 4 - MH
  • Surf Harp - MH
  • Manbo's Mambo - KT
  • Mr. Write's House - KT
  • The Ghost's House - MH
  • Fishing Under the Bridge - KI
  • Catfish's Maw ~ Level 5 - MH
  • Boss Warning - MH
  • Wind Marimba - MH
  • The Frog's Song of Soul - KT
  • Raft Ride - KI
  • Southern Shrine - MH
  • Face Shrine ~ Level 6 - MH
  • Coral Triangle - MH
  • The Rooster - KT
  • Level 2 Sword - KT
  • Cucco House - KT
  • Eagle's Tower ~ Level 7 - MH
  • Eagle's Battle Intro - MH
  • Eagle's Battle - MH
  • Organ of Evening Calm - MH
  • The Turtle Awakens! - KI
  • Turtle Rock ~ Level 8 - MH
  • Thunder Drum - MH
  • Color Dungeon (DX Ver.) - YO
  • Fairy Fountain - MH
  • Ballad of the Wind Fish - MH
  • Wind Fish's Egg - MH
  • Nightmare Intro - MH
  • Nightmare Battle - MH
  • Nightmare Defeated - KT
  • The WindFish - KT
  • Song of Awakening! - MH
  • Ending ~ Staff Roll - MH
  • Link Dies - KT
  • Game Over - MH

Reference:
http://www.glitterberri.com/links-aw...ist-interview/
http://www.glitterberri.com/links-aw...questionnaire/

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Old Dec 9, 2015, 09:10 AM
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This is quite informative and useful. Thanks for posting! I've always wondered who did what.
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Indeed, just bear in mind that it is speculation.
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Regardless, it is a good breakdown. It's a shame Nintendo don't care about their music as much as some other companies do.
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Haha, to be honest it's kinda difficult trying to guess composer in an 8-bit system like the Game Boy, so it's possible that some of my guesses may be completely wrong.

Nevertheless, now that Club Nintendo is gone, we can hope that the new system My Nintendo could have a better management of Nintendo soundtracks, although maybe that's just useless hope...
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