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Hero of Time (Music from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time")

by Eric Buchholz

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Hux I've spent a not-inconsiderable portion of my waking life listening to arrangements of tunes from Zelda. Of them all, this album comprises the very best. Simply astonishing. Favorite track: Great King of Evil.
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cruzik I’m in love with the music from the series, so my opinion may seem biased but speaking as objectively as any music major can, this arrangement totally blew my mind like a musical John Wilkes Booth! The music is inherently nostalgic but completely new in every sense of the word. The only thing the two soundtracks share with each other is key and motifs. The feeling, evocation, rhythm, dynamics and nuances explore a deeper mythos of the series while treating it with a sense of grand theatricalism. Favorite track: The Man with Evil Eyes.
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larknight The orchestrated version bring a great feeling into our heart. It sounds so majestic as the game itself has made us feel when we where playing as child. Favorite track: Village of Shadows.
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Hero of Time is an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo's timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Hero of Time is unprecedented in many ways, setting out to arrange and record with a full 64-piece orchestra the most poignant moments from the game. After finding success on Kickstarter with over 1,000 backers contributing over $50,000, this dream has become a reality.

"Orchestral recordings of music from The Legend of Zelda have become increasingly popular over the last several years," notes 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."

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℗ & © 2017 Materia Collective LLC. Made in the USA. All Rights Reserved.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and related Zelda properties are © Nintendo. Materia Collective LLC, Eric Buchholz, and the Hero of Time team are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to Nintendo with respect to this album. Musical compositions are © 1998 Nintendo and are used with permission. Mechanical licensing facilitated by re:discover, Inc. d/b/a Loudr.

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released March 27, 2017

Presented by Materia Collective

Themes by Koji Kondo
Composed and Arranged by Eric Buchholz
Orchestration by Eric Buchholz
Executive Producer: Sebastian Wolff
Additional Arrangements: Wayne Strange, Taylor Ambrosio Wood, David Peacock, Patti Rudisill, Kristin Naigus

Performed by: Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
Music Recorded in the Slovak Radio Concert Hall
Orchestra Conducted by Allan Wilson
Orchestra Manager: Marian Turner
Orchestra Recorded by Peter Fuchs
Recording Manager: Paul Talkington
Recording Assistant: Martin Roller
Music Editing by Eric Wegener
Recordings Mixed by Satoshi Mark Noguchi
Assistant to Mixing Engineer: Colleen Lutz
Music Mastering by Dale Becker
Music Mastered at Becker Mastering
Mastering Assistant: Mandy Adams

Legal: Gandhar Savur / Savur Threadgold LLP

Solo Performances:
Piano: Augustine Mayuga Gonzales
Mallet Percussion: Doug Perry
Guitars: Jake McCoy
Winds: Kristin Naigus
Flute: Laura Intravia
Cello: Nicholas Gold
Violin: Patti Rudisill
Organ: Tim Stoney
Voice FX: Wayne Strange

Album Artwork: Lekso Tiger and Houston Hanna
Album Design: Houston Hanna
Kickstarter Artwork: mnstrcndy
Kickstarter Logo: Suz Alphin
Photo Editing: CYEALA

Special Thanks: Wayne Strange, Taylor Ambrosio Wood, Doug Perry, Jake McCoy, Patti Rudisill, Kristin Naigus, Augustine Mayuga Gonzales, David Peacock, Chad Seiter, Susie Benchasil Seiter, Jeron Moore, Jayson Napolitano, Braxton Burks, Scott Redig, Lauren Liebowitz, Steve Thiriot, Sauraen, Jon Gibson, Amanda White, Peter Lam, Jacob Pernell, Sarina Pernell, Zelda Universe, iam8bit, Kickstarter, BackerKit, Loudr, Nintendo, Pony, Rusty Powers, CD Baby.

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Eric Buchholz Seattle, Washington

Eric Buchholz is a composer and orchestrator from Seattle, Washington, who specializes in creating cinematic orchestral experiences for interactive media and film. Through years of experience with re-orchestration projects, he has gained renown within the video game music community for his orchestration and realization, arranging for live and synthesized ensembles for multiple titles. ... more

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