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Zelda Reorchestrated Brings Musical Journey To An End After Nine Years

Posted by Orla Madden

The final chapter

Zelda Reorchestrated was a fantastic project, led by a team of enthusiastic musicians and fans of one of Nintendo's most recognised franchises. It is with regret that the team are preparing to say farewell to almost a decade of composing the series' most famous themes.

Twilight Symphony, the team's greatest achievement to date, was available for pre-order back in November as a physical 3-disc soundtrack, in which customer's received their copy of the album as promised - those who backed the Kickstarter campaign would also have received a copy of the CD too. It looks as though it may now never see a digital release, which is a shame.

On the site's farewell post, Eric Buchholz - who has also worked on Radio Hyrule - began by issuing the Zelda Reorchestrated mission statement:

Our mission statement has always been: "At Zelda Reorchestrated, we are committed to lush symphonic performances of the greatest songs from The Legend of Zelda as they would have sounded from the warm halls and intimate expression of a live philharmonic. We do not seek profit or fame. We simply love Zelda and wish to share its inspiration on all of us with all of you.

It's also worth noting that Twilight Symphony went on to inspire another group of devout Pokémon fans to bring forward their own music, Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony.

The Zelda Reorchestrated website will shut down as of the 12th June 2013, and we'd like to wish all involved the best of luck in the future in whatever new adventure awaits them.

Did you manage to get hold of a copy of Twilight Symphony? Let us know what you think to it in the comments below.

[via zreomusic.com, zeldainformer.com]

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User Comments (22)

Joshers744

#1

Joshers744 said:

I would love a copy of that disc, but I don't have the money to spend on it though.....

Shiryu

#3

Shiryu said:

Woke up to this new today, It has not been a good day for me, now that Disney shut down LucasArts as well.

Kaine_Morrison

#4

Kaine_Morrison said:

I got the CD. It's really excellent!
I love it.
They also sent the digital version to me in an email.
I'm not sure why they aren't going with a full digital release seeing as how its already in place.

TwilightPoint

#5

TwilightPoint said:

I also have the Physical CD.
It is indeed excellent, the art and the packaging!
I have all of ZREO's work on my hard drive, they will be missed. :(

famicomboy

#6

famicomboy said:

I backed the Twilight Symphony project. No CD but I do have the digital release in mp3 and flac. Honestly I think their previous quality was iffy but the TS was pretty incredible.

FiveDigitLP

#7

FiveDigitLP said:

Man, this is so sad to hear. Twilight Symphony was the first music I'd listened to by them (I keep meaning to download the others), but it is definitely amazing! I backed them when they were producing it and received a digital copy as a result. It's some fantastic music and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Ryno

#8

Ryno said:

I have the CD still sealed and digital copies of the music.

ShadowSniper7

#9

ShadowSniper7 said:

The ZREO team actually gave us their blessing to torrent it if you were unable to secure a copy.

"If you haven't already discovered, Twilight Symphony has been available via torrent since November 2012. We understand that out of loyalty and respect, many of you have avoided this as a means of obtaining the album. We sincerely appreciate that. It was our heartfelt desire to release the album through our record label, Joypad Records, via iTunes, and other digital outlets. Unfortunately, it appears that will not be happening, so we are not opposed to you finding an alternative means through which to obtain it. Ultimately, we just want you to have it for your enjoyment."

^^taken from the website

DerpSandwich

#10

DerpSandwich said:

I really can't imagine why it can't be made available as a digital download. Uploading your songs to iTunes or Bandcamp is the easiest thing in the world.

FiveDigitLP

#11

FiveDigitLP said:

@DerpSandwich
It might just have to do with copyright issues for everyone that was involved in the project.

I have a friend who is in a band and they produced a CD together, but some members left before they were able to release it. There were a lot of issues trying to get the music released because the previous members had a lot of trouble agreeing on how much of a cut they should receive.

Though ZREO is obviously not releasing it for a price, there still may be issues with some people not giving permission to release it through official outlets.

b1snaga

#14

b1snaga said:

I got the 3-disc Twilight Symphony album too. It is an amazing work, put together by very talentend composers. God bless them and their future works.

gefflt

#15

gefflt said:

This is a sad day indeed.

Did they give any reason for the shutting down of the website?

I'm so glad I got my hands on a physical copy of their last project! It is full of beautiful arrangements and loaded with talent and creativity. ZREO will be missed. :(

Henmii

#16

Henmii said:

People are all pissed that Disney shut down LucasArts, but what if Nintendo shut down ZREO?!

Is it a coincidence: Nintendo backing a ZREO album and, bam, end of story? I don't know, something fishy may be going on!

fishman100

#17

fishman100 said:

What a shame...I thoroughly enjoyed all of their orchestrations and listened to some of my favorite songs from OoT and ST on a regular basis.

Trikeboy

#18

Trikeboy said:

I just went to their website and downloaded their entire works, legally of course. Their albums are available for free on their site. I recommend everyone else does the same as they did amazing work.

Capt_N

#19

Capt_N said:

Ouch. Their reorchestrated music was awesome! If I can legally d/l their work from their site, w/ their permission, of course, I will.

triforcepower73

#20

triforcepower73 said:

Sad day. :( I never got a cd.

Is there any way to get the album without having to pay ridiculous amounts of cash for a physical one?

Trikeboy

#21

Trikeboy said:

@triforcepower73 a quote from the ZREO website "If you haven't already discovered, Twilight Symphony has been available via torrent since November 2012. We understand that out of loyalty and respect, many of you have avoided this as a means of obtaining the album. We sincerely appreciate that. It was our heartfelt desire to release the album through our record label, Joypad Records, via iTunes, and other digital outlets. Unfortunately, it appears that will not be happening, so we are not opposed to you finding an alternative means through which to obtain it. Ultimately, we just want you to have it for your enjoyment. "

@Capt_N http://zreo.perix.co.uk/ That is the download page for ZREO music.

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