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Majora's Mask "Time's End" Music Beautifully Reimagined by Rozen

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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It's unsurprising that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is treasured by many Nintendo gamers, with the calls for a remake persisting on a yearly basis. For those that do hope for that day, and that remastered visuals will also be accompanied by a sweeping orchestral soundtrack, this new EP from musician Rozen should capture the imagination.

Rozen has produced Waiting for the Dawn: I. The Predicament Of The Four, the first of two parts; the second — "We Shall Greet the Morning…Together" — is coming soon. It's an impressive orchestral performance, with a full choir also contributing; the composition reimagines the "Time’s End" events of the game. For those familiar with the events and source material, we suspect this will bring back fond memories.

This is a wonderful four and a half minutes with great credit due to Rozen, as well as a lengthy cast of musicians and contributors. Check it out below (refresh the page if the embedded audio isn't visible) and let us know what you think. This can also be downloaded for free on Soundcloud.

Many thanks to Darren Kerwin for the tip.

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tom_q

#1

tom_q said:

This takes me back to the first time I intentionally waited for the time to run out. Majora's mask was the first N64 game I got that wasn't my brother's as well and this music helps create nostalgia for something that probably wasn't that interesting in the big scheme of things.

RedYoshi999

#2

RedYoshi999 said:

Awesome! I'm always partial to a bit of Majora's Mask love. ;) Wish we could finally have the remake, but Nintendo never orchestrates their music for remakes.

SquidzillaStaff

#6

Squidzilla said:

This is really spectacular, Majoras Mask continues to be an overwhelming concept for a story and it's brought all the more to life with fan projects like this. Another one I want to point out is by Theophany, who remixed a large chunk of the game's soundtrack into an album that released in 2012; the day the world 'ended'. Fans of this track should love it, so here's the link!

http://theophany-rmx.bandcamp.com/track/times-end

Airola

#7

Airola said:

I don't quite understand why the Majora's Mask songs need any remixes or reimaginations.

I don't understand why people feel the need to hear digital compositions as live orchestra renditions with choirs and "real" instruments. It just isn't the same without that synthesizer strings sound. It's like trying to play Twin Peaks music with live orchestra; it's ok, but live instruments just don't have the same ethereal quality to its sound than synthesizer is capable of.

Well, I think I shouldn't be putting down other people's efforts and downplay what people seem to enjoy, but I just feel a need to "defend" these certain sounds people often seem to think are just imperfect versions of real instruments even though in my opinion the synthesizer string sound is an instrument on its own and absolutely perfect for many situations.

Airola

#10

Airola said:

@tom_q Yes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khMlcTE7lw8
Take that synthesizer away and you lose tons of atmosphere.

Obviously I was talking about the string sounds, not the piano. The melody on that certain theme is amazing on its own though, no matter what instrument plays it, but as a whole, that song NEEDS the synths.

tom_q

#11

tom_q said:

@Airola I do actually agree with you in general as there are certain parts in video games that need the midi. I will never forget when I heard the voice of the first giant in Majora's Mask, that kind of sorrowful wail that was a deep synth clipping so it distorted. That would obviously not be possible if it was just some tall human being sad.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#12

Philip_J_Reed said:

I don't quite understand why the Majora's Mask songs need any remixes or reimaginations.

They don't.

But if the music continues to inspire people and the listeners are enjoying it, I'm not sure it matters whether anyone "needs" them.

ueI

#15

ueI said:

This isn't working for me, either through here or through his website. The first 22 seconds have no sound, and then it simply stops.
I would also like to listen to the original song to compare it. Searching for Time's End only brings up Theophany's album.

Giygas_95

#18

Giygas_95 said:

I'd love to hack the game and put this into it where the original normally plays.

FritzFrapp

#19

FritzFrapp said:

It's an interesting arrangement, but boy... is he ripping off Morricone or what? A couple of parts screamed, 'The Ecstasy of Gold'.
Also, for those complaining about real orchestras, it sounded like the only real instrument was the nice cello melody, everything else was synths and the choir. Nice samples, though. Wonder what he's using... Vienna?
Good attempt, but prefer the much more original version found in the game.

GamecubeMan

#21

GamecubeMan said:

I would defiantly not rebuy Ocarina of Time simply because it has been remade in 3D but I would defiantly rebuy Majora's Mask simply if it was remade.

Than64

#22

Than64 said:

@Squidzilla I downloaded that album a few weeks ago and have been listening to it ever since. I can't wait until he releases Disc 2.

Cinaclov

#23

Cinaclov said:

To anyone who enjoyed this, I can't recommend Theophany's Time's End album enough. Go listen.

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