Zelda: Ocarina of Time Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl With Orchestral Arrangement

Growing up in the 90s, there were few video games as instrumental to shaping my childhood as Final Fantasy 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  This morning, we get word that the soundtrack to the latter game is coming to CD and vinyl, brought to life in an all-new way by an live orchestra.  It should come as no surprise that a game with the name of a musical instrument in its title heavily features music as part of the game’s narrative.  While the Zelda music is always iconic, it was never moreso than this particular installment.

The information comes via Press Release, which you can see below:

Materia Collective is pleased to present Hero of Time, an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo’s timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Hero of Time is unprecedented in many ways, setting out to arrange and record with a full 64-piece orchestra the most poignant moments from the game. After finding success on Kickstarter with over 1,000 backers contributing over $50,000, this dream has become a reality, and will be available in digital and limited edition CD formats on March 27, 2017 with pre-orders opening March 20, as well as a gorgeous vinyl release to follow via iam8bit in the coming months:

Hero of Time pre-order on Bandcamp (digital/LE CD)
Hero of Time pre-order on iam8bit (vinyl)
Hero of Time pre-order on iTunes
Hero of Time on Spotify (March 27)

“Orchestral recordings of music from The Legend of Zelda have become increasingly popular over the last several years,” notes arranger and project director Eric Buchholz. “With Hero of Time, we sought to create a single, cohesive experience that weaves all of the complex underlying themes of the game, like impermanence and mortality, with Koji Kondo’s timeless melodies that have become as iconic as the game itself. The orchestration takes an ‘east-meets-west’ approach, with the inclusion of taiko ensembles, eastern woodwinds, and harmonies found prevalent in Japanese film and game scores.”

Fans will relive their favorite memories from the game, such as riding through Hyrule field for the first time, meeting the angelic Princess Zelda, exploring the Lost Woods, facing off against the vile Ganon, and discovering all the hidden ocarina melodies hidden throughout the album. The full track listing is as follows:

01. Hero of Time
02. The Man with Evil Eyes
03. Fateful Morning
04. Hyrule Field
05. Castle Town Market
06. Princess Zelda
07. Lon Lon Ranch
08. Dungeon Dwellers
09. The Legendary Blade
10. Seven Years
11. Sheik
12. Memories of the Forest
13. Feast for the Fire Dragon
14. Dark Waters
15. Village of the Shadows
16. Spirit of the Valley
17. Courage, Wisdom, and Light
18. Ganon’s Tower
19. Great King of Evil
20. The Desecration of Power
21. Epilogue ~ End Credits

 

Get all the information from the official Materia Collective website:
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/hero-of-time-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

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