One of the most odd, yet satisfying, things to emerge from the 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda was the Symphony of the Goddesses. This traveling orchestra took fans on a sonic journey through all of Link's past adventures, with many classic soundtracks getting a live, orchestrated reproduction. It seems that the symphony inspired some fans, as it has just been announced that an orchestrated fan rendition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is due out next year.
Iam8bit and Materia Collective will be producing an album called Hero of Time, which will be a two-disc vinyl release. Featuring arrangements by the 64-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, this album will certainly deliver some serious skull candy. The fancy physical edition featuring art by Ryan Brinkhoff will launch sometime in Q2 2017, while the digital edition will be available to preorder customers in Q1, for $40 (roughly £32). A synthesized mockup demo can be heard here, and preorders can be placed here.
What do you think? Will you be picking this up? What's your favorite Zelda track? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Seems a bit pricey, maybe it's not. And I'd rather CD.
Aww, I want it, but I've no way to play it.
No official nintendo release so.. not for the collection.. if official nintendo: it woud have been!!
Preordered, thank you! As Eric Buchholz is involved, that's "official" enough for me.
I am 8 bit is a great site
I've got the last vinyl guardian on pre order
These are great investments for vinyl collectors
Wow, I'm so pround to be Slovak
I must preorder it
I don't like that it's orchestrated, I prefer old, synthesized AKAI instruments. More up-to-date instruments ruin the atmosphere of the game (Koji Kondo said that too).
@G-Boy Hold on, orchestras are more up to date that synths?
Can't beat the atmosphere of them old chiptunes, let alone the instantly classic arrangements. Way too pricey, at that.
@BionicDodo Yes, in videogames' case.
Wow that record looks beautiful! It's too hard to choose just one! If it's from OOT it's gotta be 'song of storms'. It's my alarm when I wake up!
pricey? $40 for 2 vinyl?! I would understand for a CD, that would be pricey, but for vinyl? and with a beautiful art on top of that? I'm a big fan of any video game music arranged for orchestra, will definitely consider getting this. The art looks amazing too.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE You get the digital version as well. iam8bit is nothing but quality. I have the Journey Vinyl and it is amazing.
@mateq Hells yeah it looks amazing.
DO NOT BUY FROM iam8bit!
Many people on NeoGAF bought from there and were disappointed by delays, broken promise, bad customer support, etc. I repeat...
DO NOT BUY FROM iam8bit!
...even if this release might seem worth it.
@G-Boy Depends who arranges them. If it's done by the same person who arranges the music for Symphony of the Goddesses, then most definitely. If Koji Kondo actually decides which part plays what, it can truly be magical
Let's clarify something. This is pricey for vinyl in general. It's not pricey for video game music on vinyl. For some reason, I guess supply and demand, the prices for video game soundtracks are priced too high in comparison to general music. Plus, a lot of the time when you buy general music on vinyl format, it will come with the digital version too. I don't think you get the digital version with this purchase.
But it is done by a real legit orchestra and the actual product is really cool looking.
Oh boy! I already pre-order since the price seem fine for vinyl except for the shipping but whatever. I took noted of what you said and... there is a lot of people complains on iam8bit facebook and a lot of people appraised the company. But yeah... recent seem bad news.
Hopefully not for mine and everybody else cases.
I'm just wanting the Symphony of the Goddesses to drop an album with the past 5 years worth of work on it. I want to be able to listen to the Link's Awakening suite. They need to loosen up a bit and stop holding fans hostage. A few years, okay. But it's starting to become a bit greedy tbh. Not everyone can afford a ticket to the concert.
@dkxcalibur Like you say, it's mostly down to supply and demand. Even a modestly successful band will ship more units than a retro video game soundtrack and the label will be printing records in far greater bulk than the small companies putting out these releases. The other reason is that these releases usually feature a lot of effort with regards to extras like inserts and new artwork.
This record does include a digital download in the price, which is available to download before the records are available.
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