The Symphony of the Goddesses concerts have been an ongoing success for quite a few years, combining iconic music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with orchestral arrangements and performances. It sets off around the world each year - though a hiatus seems likely in 2018 - and often shakes things up to keep fans interested; here are some thoughts on the current run.
The producer and creative force behind the tour is Jason Michael Paul, who has built a career on reimagining and establishing game music in live performances. Speaking to Games Industry.biz, he spoke a little about the changes to incorporate The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Part of my model is to make it so that when I come to the same city, it is never the same show. It will always be different. For example, I brought back Ballad of the Wind Fish, but with visuals this time. The show is formatted so that I can move things around. And of course, the overtures are updated, and we introduce new songs from new releases. Breath of the Wild will play a big part in this performance. So we continually add new material.
The game's music (BoTW) allowed us to try something different. We've got the grass blowing in the wind to set the stage, and then the piano comes in and then the ducks quacking... combined with the symphony performance, it really works well.
We've been having a lot of fun. Breath of the Wild has enabled us to do things that we've never been able to do before. We've combined in-game sound effects with the live performance.
Paul admits he's eager to push forward with new projects, and doesn't seem entirely in agreement with the plan to give the Symphony of the Goddesses tour a hiatus. Nevertheless he's hopeful of continuing a partnership with Nintendo.
Well... I have been proposing a lot of projects to Nintendo, and to be honest it's a little frustrating. I have all these wonderful ideas and I've created this wonderful machine. But now we are talking about a hiatus [for the Zelda event]. Here we are on this high where we are doing over 70 shows a year with The Legend of Zelda, and then we've got nothing. But I am doing other things. I am working with Bethesda on the hopes of an Elder Scrolls concert. Nothing is confirmed at this point, but I am hopeful.
I am also pleased to say I am going in a different direction, in that I am producing the first ever National Geographic symphony.
I recently put together a really nice proposal for a Super Mario symphony. And we'll see. Hopefully it will stick. I also had another concept called Super Smash Symphony, but that's not going to happen. It's too complicated.
It's well worth checking out the interview (link below) as it includes plenty of positive words about Nintendo and its iconic game creators. Here's hoping that more music from the company's biggest franchises will go on tour in the future.
Would definitely want to see a Mario concert. The music from the Galaxy games and Odyssey are outstanding.
BTW, does anyone know if they're going to release them on DVD/Blu-Ray?
Would be fun to see SMG
I’ve been to two of the Zelda shows and I would love for this tour to continue with Mario. It is the obvious next choice for Nintendo themed concerts.
I've received a couple of emails offering me discounted tickets for most of the North American shows (25% off during their Black Friday sale) so don't think they're selling as well as Paul would like us (or Nintendo) to believe.
When I purchased my £50 "cheap seat" tickets for the London show in mid-August most of the seats in the two highest priced tiers still hadn't been sold. I didn't receive anything about reduced London tickets at a later date, but then I'd guess there'd be software in place to prevent such an offer being sent to an email that had already bought a full price ticket.
I don't think the Mario music would have the same emotional impact on me as Zelda (except maybe Galaxy) but I'd be up for going if the cost of admission was more reasonable.
Never stop dreaming.
I prefer the music from 3d world over odyssey tho
The Zelda one may of run its course. It's been running since the 25th anniversary and we've pasted the 30th already. I know they add new music each year, but I think it needs a bit of a break so that other franchises can have a go.
I hope the Pokemon one did well. Thats was a magical 3 nights in London and I'd love to see what new arrangements and 7th gen music they can do with it.
Music from Mario Galaxy would obviously be a highlight of the show.
I do find most Mario music to be much more a traditional band's alley. Though if this does happen, I would love if they could include a live performance of Jump Up, Superstar as part of the show.
So where is that new Zelda CD you promised us? Just a pure crook this guy. Not everyone can afford to go to the select venues of these concerts, and even then, the less mainstream performances are sub par in terms of quality of performance, size of orchestra, and sound engineering.
I don't mind paying to hear it, but they have to make it accessible for everyone who is a fan- they are, after all, profiting from the brand loyalty of these fans. And don't bait and switch with a sub par set.
I would probably go to a Mario performance, but in all honesty I feel that other franchises like Metroid would be better suited for the orchestra treatment. I'm in agreement that the SMG games would be good candidates for a Mario orchestra.
That said, I recommend everyone going to a Symphony of the Goddesses performance at some point. I quite enjoyed the performance I went to last year and felt that it was worth it.
Every I see a front page article with a Zelda picture, I keep thinking its news about DLC Pack 2! Less than 30 days away and we still have no idea what it is.
I really enjoyed Symphony of the Goddesses and would love to hear a Mario-themed concert.
@nukatha It will probably be revealed and maybe released during the Game Awards next week.
We can only hope.
Also, Symphony of the Goddesses is absolutely amazing. I wish it would come to a city closer to me (I was very far from home when I saw it for the first time).
I wanna see a smash symphony!!! can include all Nintendo music
Do some music from Sunshine please.
@1UP_MARIO I love their Megaman suite.
@eltomo yeah they are great
I really wanted to go to Symphony of the Goddesses this year, but the showing near my home is while I'm at college, and the one near my college is while I'm at home.
I really wanted to go to the Zelda concert in Glasgow earlier this year, but it was just far too expensive.
Man, to hear the "Tall Tall Mountain" theme from Mario64 done by an orchestra would be amazing! 🎶Ba-ba ba ba, 🎶Doooooo-doo-doooooo-doo doo doo-doooooo🎶
To me I love the master sword music.
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