The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's iconic soundtrack gets orchestral reimagining with vinyl release

By Melvyn Tan on Mar 21, 2017

Although video games belong to a medium of visuals, their soundtracks are nevertheless an important aspect, accenting the power of a scene and conjuring nostalgic images years after the game's release. For those who fell in love with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998, it has been nearly two decades since its iconic soundtrack first entered their ears and minds. Now, that soundtrack is making a return in the present day, reimagined in orchestral form.

Materia Collective is behind this "epic re-imagining", titled Hero of Time, with the tracks from the "most poignant moments from the game" recorded with a full 65-piece orcheatra. The company had previously released a remix album of Final Fantasy VIII's soundtrack and, more recently, a rock EP cover of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's soundtrack.

For Hero of Time, over $50,000 was amassed on Kickstarter due to the contributions of over 1,000 backers. The orchestral album will be released on March 27 this year in both digital and limited edition CD formats. which will be followed by a vinyl release via iam8bit that collectors would probably be eager for. Pre-orders for the digital and limited edition CDs opened on March 20, while the vinyl release will arrive "in the coming months".

"Orchestral recordings of music from The Legend of Zelda have become increasingly popular over the last several years," said arranger and project director Eric Buchholz. "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."

Hero of Time will contain 21 tracks, including Hero of Time, Hyrule Field, Princess Zelda, Ganon's Tower and Epilogue ~ End Credits. Pre-orders can currently be done at Bandcamp (digital and limited edition CD), iam8bit (vinyl) and iTunes. You can listen to the preview on SoundCloud too.

Here's where you can pre-order the album:

It also seems that it'll be released on Spotify on March 27, according to the press release, though the page currently isn't available.

So, will any of you be revisiting Ocarina of Time in your minds with this orchestral album?

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A secretly eccentric college student who writes occasionally for Gamehubs. His gaming interests mostly involve shooting things, but also include sneaking around in sizeable environments, slashing at things and commanding glorious armies. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice however, and his current favourite game is NieR: Automata.
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