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  1. Hello everyone! I have a new arrangement to post here. Sorry to have taken so long to post another upload, but so much has been going on this summer, so please bear with me! This is an arrangement for full Orchestra of the music to Rito Village from "Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild". I attempted in this arrangement to get the original music as accurately as possible, the first time it is played, and then, when it is repeated, the melody and thematic material are developed for full Orchestra, to capture the awe of the physical surroundings of the Village in its mountainous setting. The link to the piece on Soundcloud is below:
  2. Hi there everyone! Sorry for the brief hiatus! Here is another Piece: A Meditation for Orchestra and Chorus, entitled "A Vision of Fi". It is an arrangement of a few Soundtracks from the Legend of Zelda Series. The whole piece is centred around The character Fi from Skyward Sword, who is the spiritual essence of The Master Sword, the weapon Link uses to defeat Ganondorf/Ganon in many of the games in the LoZ Series. The music starts off with the introduction of the original Zelda theme, and moves on to a quieter section where the Ballad of the Goddess is played, and then onto Fi's theme in its entirety, then throughout a number of pieces from various other games, all the time, with Fi's theme being played in the Flutes high above the music, as a reminder that while Link has the Master Sword on his many adventures, Fi is always there, and will always be synonymous with The Master Sword, created by the Goddess Hylia to destroy Demise and his incarnation, Ganon/Ganondorf.
  3. Hi everyone; newest remix here. I've tried to make the strings sound a bit more natural in this one, hence the hiatus in trying to get it just right, but aside from the sound, I devoted this piece to exploring and developing only a couple of thematic ideals; primarily Zelda's Lullaby. It's a Fantasia for Full Orchestra and Chorus, which contains material from a few of the Game Soundtracks in the LoZ series. I explored the different ways the Lullaby could be orchestrated and manipulated in terms of mood, timbre and contrapuntal manipulation, not just on its own, but with other themes closely associated to Zelda, most plainly in the central part, focussing on the endless relationship between Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf/Ganon throughout the whole series, and finally culminating, through its triumphant ending, the ultimate victory of good.
  4. Hey everybody - new piece here! This is an arrangement for full Orchestra, and it's entitled "All my Friends". It contains music from a few different game soundtracks in the LoZ Series, namely the themes of some of the more memorable characters: Saria and Sheik from Ocarina of Time, Midna from Twilight Princess, Linebeck from Phantom Hourglass, and Sidon from Breath of the Wild. The piece begins with a hazy chord from the strings, over which the melodies of the themes used are played together by the woodwind instruments. The piece is a slow, meditative arrangement, reflecting on the impressions that I (and most others no doubt) have had of the characters whose themes are included in the piece; mysterious for Saria, mournful for Midna, ethereal for Sheik, tragic for Sidon, and a lively end from Linebeck.
  5. OK, the video has been re-uploaded with a few edits and changes to the sounds, particularly in the strings.
  6. When you say this, do you refer to the orchestration of the piece or the Sample sounds made when I put it through NotePerformer??
  7. Hey everybody, got a new arrangement here. This is an arrangement for full Orchestra, entitled "On the Sea, the Land and in the Sky", containing music from a few games in the Legend of Zelda Series. After a brief introduction, where some of the themes are introduced, the music starts off in grand fashion with The Great Sea from Wind Waker. Afterwards, there is a transition to a calmer, pastoral and serene collection of tunes from Hyrule Field from Ocarina of Time, before the music builds up and concludes with a big, powerful rendition of The Sky from Skyward Sword. Also made through Sibelius 7 and NotePerformer. Hopefully, the strings don't sound so artificial!!
  8. Hiya everybody, hope you all had a good New Year! Posting my third upload here - It's a meditative Orchestral Arrangement of the Song of Healing from Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask. The link to the Soundcloud page is below. Tried to make some changes to the sound in this piece, especially in the strings. Brass sounds a bit too artificially bright, but then that's NotePerformer. Will be putting it through a Sample Library when I get one connected to my Kontakt!
  9. Apologies for the double-post, but here's the TimeStamp: 0:33 - Song of Time (Ocarina of Time) 2:46 - Song of Time [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 3:05 - The Creation (Ocarina of Time) 5:24 - Main theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 6:10 - Introduction (Legend of Zelda) 7:06 - Sunrise (Ocarina of Time) 8:16 - Serenade of Water (Ocarina of Time) 8:54 - Prelude of Light (Ocarina of Time) 9:08 - Minuet of Forest (Ocarina of Time) 9:23 - Requiem of Spirit (Ocarina of Time) 9:30 - Nocturne of Shadow (Ocarina of Time) 9:58 - Ballad of the Goddess [fragment] (Skyward Sword) 10:19 - Ballad of the Goddess (Skyward Sword) 12:00 - The Sky (Skyward Sword) 13:50 - Variant on Ballad of the Goddess (Skyward Sword) 14:22 - Power of the Gods [fragment] (Link to the Past) 14:57 - Gerudo Theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 15:11 - Ganondorf's theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 16:58 - Hyrule Castle [fragment] (Link between Worlds) 17:40 - The Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time) 18:41 - Melody constructed from fragment Power of the Gods (Link to the Past) 19:56 - Power of the Gods [fragment] (Link to the Past) and Main theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 21:19 - The Legendary Hero [fragment] (Wind Waker) 22:17 - The Great Sea [intro/rhythm only] (Wind Waker) 23:05 - Main Theme [fragment] (Breath of the Wild) 23:43 - Gerudo theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 23:59 - The Legendary Hero [fragment] (Wind Waker) 24:30 - Lorule Castle (Link between Worlds) 27:27 - Ganondorf appears (Ocarina of Time) 27:46 - Ganondorf theme (Ocarina of Time) 28:36 - Ganondorf theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 29:16 - Variant on Ganondorf's theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 31:05 - Melody based on a mutation of Zelda's Lullaby (Ocarina of Time) 32:22 - Zelda's Lullaby (Ocarina of Time) 33:22 - Power of the Gods [fragment] (Link to the Past) 33:46 - Farore's Courage [fragment] (Skyward Sword) 33:50 - Zelda's Lullaby [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 34:14 - Variant on Ballad of the Goddess [fragment] (Skyward Sword) 34:55 - The Great Fairy's Fountain (Ocarina of Time) 35:33 - Song of the Hero (Skyward Sword) 36:10 - Variant on The Great Fairy's Fountain (Ocarina of Time) 36:50 - Main Theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 36:54 - Zelda's Lullaby [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 36:57 - Variant on The Great Fairy's Fountain [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 37:07 - Main Theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 37:11 - Zelda's Lullaby [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 37:14 - Power of the Gods [fragment] (Link to the Past) 37:17 - Variant on the Main Theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 37:20 - Fi's theme [fragment] (Skyward Sword) 37:37 - Introduction (Legend of Zelda) 38:04 - Hyrule Castle (Link between Worlds) 39:52 - Variant on Hyrule Castle [fragment] (Link between Worlds) 40:30 - Hyrule Castle (Link between Worlds) and Lorule Castle (Link between Worlds) [simultaneously] 41:04 - Variant on Ganondorf Theme (Ocarina of Time) 41:42 - Ganondorf Theme [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 42:41 - Main theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 42:50 - Ganondorf Final Battle (Twilight Princess) 45:05 - Power of the Gods (Link to the Past) 46:47 - Main Theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 47:22 - Variant on Zelda's Lullaby (Ocarina of Time) 47:52 - End Credits [fragment] (Link to the Past) 48:21 - Ballad of the Goddess (Skyward Sword) 50:36 - Main Theme [in its entirety] (Legend of Zelda) 51:53 - Zelda's Lullaby (Ocarina of Time) 52:41 - Zelda's Lullaby [fragment] (Ocarina of Time) 53:33 - Main theme [fragment] (Legend of Zelda) 54:01 - Zelda's Lullaby (Ocarina of Time) 54:26 - Zelda's Lullaby [fragment] and Main Theme [fragment] simultaneously
  10. Adore the music, really like this piece. How did you create the Audio? Was it with NotePerfomer or Kontakt?
  11. Thanks very much! In response to your points, I do know a fair few musicians, but I'm not sure if they'd have or make the time to play/record the music I made here. Maybe I should have waited until I got a better sample library! Interesting point about the Star Trek reference as I've never heard it. That section was a development of "The Sky" from Skyward Sword! The part at 31 minutes is a section where the Violas play a variant on Zelda's Lullaby, if that's discernable. The scope of the music was more influenced by Gustav Mahler than Wagner, although I am a great fan of his! Again, never heard the March by Manowar...
  12. Thanks so much for the kind words! To be honest, I'm not sure why I have so few followers: I am new here, I've only been here for about a fortnight, and I've only uploaded a couple of pieces, including one submitted to the Judges for use in OCR, and I've only just began to frequent some of the musical groups on FB, like GANG and Materia Collective, so I'm not sure how to develop and build up a following. I also wrote a commentary on The Creation of Hyrule and how I wrote it in which I posted in the Music Composition and Production Forum - I find it interesting to learn how people construct the music they write. My music is more orchestral than electronic, so while it might not be the mainstream style here, hopefully it's Videogame element may garner some attention. It'd be nice!
  13. Hi there everyone. I'm relatively new to the forums; only been here for just over a week now, but I wanted to provide a little background to some of my music, hence the post here. Around this time last year, I was contracted to write some music for the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Concert. I managed this by contacting the Producers and showing them what I could provide by creating a piece of music which I had written solely for this purpose. The piece in question is a Symphonic Poem for a full Orchestra, entitled "The Creation of Hyrule". It is based upon the music and Soundtracks of several games in the Legend of Zelda Series, and was inspired, in part, by the music of the Symphony of the Goddesses Concert which I had already seen a few times, and I wanted to make some commentary here on how it was constructed. A Symphonic Poem (or Tone Poem) is, by definition, a piece of Orchestral music, usually in a single continuous movement, which illustrates or evokes the content of a poem, short story, novel, painting, landscape, or other (non-musical) source. While many Symphonic Poems may compare in size and scale to symphonic movements (or even reach the length of an entire Symphony), they're unlike traditional Classical Symphonic Movements in that their music is intended to inspire listeners to imagine or consider scenes, images, specific ideas or moods, and not (necessarily) to focus on following traditional patterns of Musical Form. In short, the composition tells a story through the music. Naturally, the focus being the Legend of Zelda, there was plenty of story to work with! The work itself is half Composition, half Arrangement. It contains original work of my own, as well as numerous themes from many different games in the Legend of Zelda series; some pretty much as they are in the game, others were slightly altered, or in some cases, only the melody/rhythm used, mostly to be combined with work of my own to provide a contrapuntal counterpart. I began by considering a storyline. This would narrow down the number of themes and songs in the many soundtracks at my disposal, which I would be able to use; this would save me from wasting time at the beginning by transcribing only the music I know I would include in the piece. I settled for this storyline: In the beginning, there was nothing. Out of the nothingness comes the Creation, as portrayed in Ocarina of Time. As the Sun rises on the first day, the entirety of Hyrule, in all its splendor can be seen. Then, into this idyllic world come the Gerudos, headed by Ganondorf, who usurp the land. Link, the hero of the story, hears about Hyrule's plight and sets off on a journey to vanquish Ganondorf. Coming across the Gerudo Fortress, he attempts to break in, but his assault is stopped by Ganondorf, who leaves him helpless. Zelda comes across Link, and heals him of his wounds, taking him to the Great Fairy to strengthen him, and to turn him into the Hero he was destined for. Finally, after taking hold of The Master Sword, he storms Hyrule Castle, encounters Ganondorf again, and after an epic struggle, defeats Ganondorf, and uses the Triforce to restore Hyrule back to its former glory. Once a storyline had been established, I set to work on which themes and songs I would use. Some melodies, I simply had to use, like the Main LoZ Theme, Zelda's Lullaby, Ganondorf's Theme, etc. From what I heard at the Symphony of the Goddesses Concert, and from my own experience in playing many of the games in the series, I knew some that I wanted to include, and could, given the limits of the storyline. A little trawling of the soundtrack playlists on Youtube offered me several more that I could use. When I had decided on what I wanted to use, I then set to work transcribing all the music I wanted to use. Transcribing is the practise of writing down music as you hear it, a little like taking dictations from a lecture but instead of writing down what someone says, you write down the notes played. Some pieces were relatively straightforward. Others took ages to get just right. For this, one needs to have a good ear and be able to attune it to the different sounds played so as to determine what instruments are playing, and what notes. It's a painstaking procedure, but once that was done, I then had to develop the transcriptions so they could accommodate the Orchestral forces the Poem is scored for; "beef them up" in a sense, so they would have more impact. Some did need this, others didn't. It was a question of 'feel' - whether I thought their place in the story and the score required it. When this was all done, I then started to write the Poem proper. In some cases, I wrote my own music, and in other cases, melodies from the game were included, e.g: the very opening of the Poem has the Strings playing in D octaves stretching from the bottom of the Double Basses to the highest harmonics in the Violins, and the Cellos play the Song of Time, punctuated by some quiet chords in the higher Woodwind instruments. By this point, I had pretty much decided on what is going where, and wrote in the filler material. Some of the transitions proved relatively simple, others more challenging, but I tried to keep the music from the games in their original keys. A couple may have been transposed a semitone up or down, but they stayed the same. I also constructed re-orchestrated variants on some of the themes, such as the Great Fairy's Fountain; and in some cases, interwove only the melody from the soundtracks into the music, sometimes two or three, or in the case just before Hyrule Castle's music is played, five. After this point, I went over the score, putting in any phrases, ornamentations or attacks, and developing the percussion and overall orchestration to make it coherent and to provide ultimate effect on the listener. The piece was constructed with Sibelius 7, and then had NotePerformer run through it to give the piece a more realistic sound (I've yet to purchase a Sample Library) The piece lasts a total of 55 minutes (I initially intended it to be 25-30!) and contains music from a total of eight games in the series: The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past A Link between Worlds Ocarina of Time Wind Waker Twilight Princess Skyward Sword Breath of the Wild I do hope you enjoy it - I have posted the music up on the OCR Forums as well: Please follow the link here -> http://ocremix.org/community/topic/46718-legend-of-zelda-a-symphonic-poem-the-creation-of-hyrule/
  14. Hi Everyone. This is my second post in this particular forum. Owing to the sheer size of this piece and the number of soundtracks and tunes used in it, I very much doubt this piece will ever be considered for use in OCR by the Judges if submitted, but I wanted to post it here and tell you a little about it. This work is a Symphonic Poem for a full Orchestra, entitled "The Creation of Hyrule". It is based upon the music and Soundtracks of several games in the Legend of Zelda Series, and was inspired, in part, by the music of the Symphony of the Goddesses Concert. In May 2013, I attended the Symphony of the Goddesses Concert in London. The performance was by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eimear Noone. The event had a huge impact on me; it really opened my eyes up to how powerful the score of a Videogame Soundtrack can be, and how an Orchestral force can truly magnify the music that an 8, 16 or even 32-bit systems can only hint at. Later on, as Technology developed, music seemed to be taking a more prominent place in the Videogame industry when an increasing number of series employed Orchestral recordings as their soundtracks. The music really takes a listener on an amazing journey through Hyrule with Link, and was a roller-coaster of emotions for me. After attending the Concert for the third time in April 2016, I decided with complete conviction, while standing outside the SSE Arena in London (where the event took place) that I wanted to be involved in such a wonderful and incredible venture, and thus decided to write a work of my own. I was trained in Composition, Orchestration and Conducting at University, and I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to put my skills to use, to show the Producers and musicians involved what I could do, as well as what I could potentially provide them. I hit upon the idea of writing a Symphonic Poem. A Symphonic Poem (or Tone Poem) is, by definition, a piece of Orchestral music, usually in a single continuous movement, which illustrates or evokes the content of a poem, short story, novel, painting, landscape, or other (non-musical) source. While many Symphonic Poems may compare in size and scale to symphonic movements (or even reach the length of an entire Symphony), they are unlike traditional Classical Symphonic Movements in that their music is intended to inspire listeners to imagine or consider scenes, images, specific ideas or moods, and not (necessarily) to focus on following traditional patterns of Musical Form. In short, the composition tells a story through the music. I chose the name "The Creation of Hyrule" as the structure and scope of the piece was inspired by the Symphonic works of the composer Gustav Mahler, who equated his Symphonies as "Symphonic Universes", where each Symphony simulated the construction of a World. I attempted, out of my love for this ideal, to replicate this in the music. I initially set out to write a 25-30 minute long composition, which I estimated would take 6 to 7 months to complete. It ended up being double that length, taking just under fifteen months. I simply hadn't realised just how much music there was in the Legend of Zelda Series! The work itself is half Composition, half Arrangement. It contains original work of my own, as well as numerous themes from many different games in the Legend of Zelda series; some as they are in the game, others slightly altered, or even simply the melody/rhythm used, sometimes combined with work of my own to provide a contrapuntal counterpart. But for the sake of the Disclaimer, I am attributing the work to Kondo Koji and Wakai Hajime Senseis, who composed the majority, if not all, of the themes included in this work. It is also my wish to offer my deepest and most heartfelt thanks to those whose talents and actions have inspired and motivated me to create this piece, and for bringing the already magnificent music of the Legend of Zelda to the World in such a way. Without doing what they have done in becoming part of this amazing Concert series, I would never have been inspired to write this work. I really owe them so much in the way of thanks and hope that this work upon which I have laboured out of love for over a year can go some way in expressing that thanks.
  15. Thanks Fusion In regards to feedback, I know this is not the kind of forum where classical arrangements seem to be frequently submitted; it's mostly electronic remixes, but from your perspective as a musician/music maker, I'd welcome your opinion on the way the piece is structured and orchestrated, or if there's anything that sounds "out of place" in any way, etc.
  16. Hello Everyone! As I'm new to this forum, I'd like to start off by posting here something I've recently completed. It's an Orchestral Arrangement of Lake Floria from Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword. Being a classically trained composer, not a mixer, I don't really know if this is the best place to share this kind of music, but as a musician who has orchestrated and provided music for the SotG Concert, I'd like to share some of what I have done/am doing. The link to the Soundcloud page is below. If it's popular, I will post more in the future.
  17. Hello everyone! I'm relatively new to these forums, so I guess that would class me as a newbie, but in terms of music composition, I've been involved in music-making since the early 90's. I've also been involved in Videogaming, primarily Nintendo, since that time too, and for me, the music of a videogame makes or breaks it. A videogame with good music has always got my attention, and I tried transcribing videogame soundtracks in my earlier years, and learned how to compose myself. When I started University to study music, I managed to start my course already familiar with most of the material and academic lessons, but it was in 2011 when I saw the E3 Summit in LA and the 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda that my interest really peaked. I attended the Symphony of the Goddesses Concert every time it came to the UK, and decided I'd want to be a part of it, so after writing some music and sending it to the Producers, I was successful in being contracted to write some music for them. Since then, I have been working on videogame arrangements in addition to Composing music. I also Conduct as well. I joined this group/forum in the hopes of meeting and building connections with new people who share the same interests as I do, and hopefully making music with some of you if I can! Nice to meet you all, and looking forward to meeting you!!
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