The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Getting Live Orchestral CD And Vinyl

by Robert Workman

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We know Legend of Zelda fans these days are clamoring for Breath of the Wild, but one classic that can’t be forgotten is Ocarina of Time. Ever since its release on the Nintendo 64 nearly two decades ago, the game has become a staple in the long-running adventure franchise – and now, Materia Collective wants to celebrate it in the best way possible.

The company has announced that it will release a live orchestral soundtrack for Ocarina of Time under the name Hero of Time. In it, several tracks from the game will be included, with the full track listing below:

  1. Hero of Time
  2. The Man with Evil Eyes
  3. Fateful Morning
  4. Hyrule Field
  5. Castle Town Market
  6. Princess Zelda
  7. Lon Lon Ranch
  8. Dungeon Dwellers
  9. The Legendary Blade
  10. Seven Years
  11. Sheik
  12. Memories of the Forest
  13. Feast for the Fire Dragon
  14. Dark Waters
  15. Village of the Shadows
  16. Spirit of the Valley
  17. Courage, Wisdom, and Light
  18. Ganon’s Tower
  19. Great King of Evil
  20. The Desecration of Power
  21. Epilogue ~ End Credits

The soundtrack is set to release on March 27th on digital formats and on CD, and a special vinyl edition is also in the works, set to be released sometime this year by the folks at iam8bit. On top of that, it will also be available to stream on Spotify, for those that want to give it a listen first.

Notes arranger and project director Eric Buchholz noted, “Orchestral recordings of music from The Legend of Zelda have become increasingly popular over the last several years. With Hero of Time, we sought to create a single, cohesive experience that weaves all of the complex underlying themes of the game, like impermanence and mortality, with Koji Kondo’s timeless melodies that have become as iconic as the game itself. The orchestration takes an ‘east-meets-west’ approach, with the inclusion of taiko ensembles, eastern woodwinds, and harmonies found prevalent in Japanese film and game scores.”

Those that want to preview what to expect from the album can do so in the Soundcloud player below. It's well worth a listen, especially if you're a die-hard fan of the franchise...or, for that matter, Ocarina of Time.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.