The Legend of Zelda is a franchise with some of the most memorable music in gaming, and it's celebrated in various ways. Late last year we reported on an album by Materia Collective that is re-imagining the soundtrack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; though it's not an official Nintendo product approval has been given for use of the music.
The 22-track album is getting released on 27th March, and the good news is that it's up for pre-order now as a download or CD; vinyl pre-orders are open for the iam8bit product which will arrive in the coming months. Links below.
- Bandcamp download or CD - $14USD or more for DL, $30USD for CD
- Vinyl pre-order from iam8bit (pictured above) - $40
- iTunes - $9.99USD / £7.99
It'll also be on Spotify from 27th March.You can listen to a preview track and read more about it below.
Materia Collective offers an epic re-imagining of the iconic score by Nintendo's Koji Kondo recorded with a live 64-piece orchestra. Hero of Time is 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.
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Vinyl Record ?
NICE VINYL!!! Well vinyl sales did out sell downloads last year. People like to hold on to an album, especially something as special as this. The cover art of the sleeves will hopefully be epic too.
For me, when I buy a vinyl game OST (the only other vinyls I get are all really old music, recorded back in the day) it's for the old analogue sound to replicated close enough to the original sound I experienced, but I can understand why someone would buy an orchestral version of iconic music.
I've been really enjoying vinyl lately and this is amazing timing
"though it's not an official Nintendo product approval has been given for use of the music"
@ThomasBW84 Comma needed. I had to read that like 3 times : D
I will grab the album if it comes to Amazon Music, but all my MP3's are there and I'd rather not have multiple places to look for them. I still listen to the 25th anniversary CD that came with my Skyward Sword copy. I'd love to have the actual Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild Music.
No thanks. The usual "Remasters" and "Reorchestrations" of VGM that people create tick me off, I think the unique atmosphere of the original always disappears.
It sounds so much better when you sample the higher-quality instruments from the synth or the sample CD that the composer originally used for the game and remaster a ripped MIDI file from the game with those samples.
Me and the other people on the HCS Forum have always done that, so you should check that forum out if you want to hear real remasters, not just transcribed MIDI files with random soundfonts slapped on them as long as they're "up-to-date" and orchestrations.
And Nintendo have already remastered this soundtrack with Ocarina of Time 3D, so they should've released that on vinyl instead. That would have been perfect!
Article only mentions itunes, Spotify and Bandcamp, but I'm assuming that it's also in Google Play Music.
I'm tempted to get the Special Edition for $50
But I don't know the quality of this.
How is it in comparisson to the ZRO release of Twilight Princess? That was a great product!
Beware pre orders with iam8bit. They take forever, always being delayed. Good job their vinyl pressings are actually really good quality
@G-Boy Perhaps you didn't listen to the sample? The 64-person orchestra breathes a new life into the music. It's all newly arranged; it's not meant to be a transcription of the MIDI files. I know the of the lazy soundfont swaps you mention (ZREO in particular was terrible about it), but this is not that. Not at all. This new music is meant to be listened to and its textures enjoyed, not to be looped as a backdrop to Link swinging his sword.
Woah, an orchestra? Nice! I'll take a listen sometime. They should do Majora's Mask as well.
Ordered the special edition
Good to have Apple Music Added the album to my library and now I just have to wait the remaining 6 days
The already available first track is awesome thumbsup
@TobieOBrown I listened to the sample. The first thing that struck me was that they used a shakuhachi instead of an ocarina, so I stopped listening immediately.
cool, I can play the vinyl on my xbox one!
The sampler sounds nice!
Maybe a dumb question but does Koji Kondo still work for Nintendo, or has he stepped back a bit? From what I have heard the Breath of the Wild music isn't made by him, he was merely a adviser. Like with Skyward sword.
@Henmii He still works for Nintendo, but he's more directly involved with smaller projects now, instead of being the single main go-to guy for most of their games. Also he oversees, advises and manages a lot of others nowadays. Like much of the old guard at Nintendo actually, Miyamoto and Aonuma included.
I really hope that one day he's the main-man again for a Zelda, and that he delivers many great new tunes. He said it before: He feels like he can make even better stuff. Hopefully that happens.
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