Zelda: Ocarina Of Time's Soundtrack Gets "Reimagined" With Slick Physical Editions

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21 songs from the soundtrack have been recorded by a 64-piece orchestra.
March 20 2017 by Chris Pereira

A "reimagined" version of the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack is on the way soon in a number of formats, including very slick-looking CD and vinyl albums.

Called Hero of Time, this Materia Collective project is a 21-track collection of songs that have been recorded by a 64-piece orchestra. You can see a full tracklist below and hear a 10-minute sample here.

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Hero of Time is being released digitally ($14) and in a limited-edition CD ($30) on March 27 through Bandcamp, with an iTunes release also on the way. The vinyl is due out in the "coming months" but can be preordered beginning today through iam8bit for $40.

"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 in a press release. "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."

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Hero of Time was successfully funded last year through Kickstarter, where it raised nearly $52,000 from 1,000 backers, just surpassing the $50,000 goal.

Hero of Time Tracklist

  • 01. Hero of Time
  • 02. The Man With Evil Eyes
  • 03. Fateful Morning
  • 04. Hyrule Field
  • 05. Castle Town Market
  • 06. Princess Zelda
  • 07. Lon Lon Ranch
  • 08. Dungeon Dwellers
  • 09. 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