It's a big anniversary year with The Legend of Zelda turning 35, but it's also notable that 21st November brings us the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past arriving in Japan. It's one of the greatest games in the series, and indeed gaming history, and of course fans will be celebrating in various ways.
A rather fun project is from The Game Brass, which you can glimpse in the trailer above. This group has been producing brass-focused arrangements of classic game music for three years, and is the latest group to make its next album a little different. A Link to the Brass won't just be an album of the game's soundtrack on various streaming services, but will also be an option for integration into ROMs of the game.
Yes, ROMs can be a feisty topic, our focus is on the cool music project in this case.
Released on 21st November, a purchase of the album on Bandcamp will also entitle listeners to an MSU-1 audio enhancement patch. This can then be added to retro ROMs of your choice, with the intent being that it can convert the soundtrack of Nintendo's iconic game into a live brass band rendition.
This new project is a track-for-track, note-for-note cover of Koji Kondo’s legendary score for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super Famicom/Super NES. Every grand call to adventure, every moody dungeon ambience, has been captured and recreated in its entirety by some of the finest brass players in the VGM world. The result is a stunning, stirring, staggering tour de force that’ll have you hearing this all-time great soundtrack in a whole new light.
If you're like this writer and simply want to listen to the album, it'll be on Bandcamp and will at some point (maybe at launch) pop up on streaming services - here is the band's Spotify page.
We definitely like the sound the group is producing with this classic music - let us know what you think in the comments!