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

by Eric Buchholz

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jammingdevice Excellent, stirring, inventive and surprising arrangements of one of the most classic game scores ever composed. Makes skillful use of all the colors available in those well-known melodies, with a good eye for narrative, drama, and variation; gracefully allowing arrangements to take their time expressing a constellation of different moments. Good, balanced, and mature, this is a star-making outing from all involved. Well done. Kondo should be proud. Favorite track: Village of Shadows.
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A unique epic masterpiece. It's so gripping. Favorite track: Hero of Time.
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Spencer Nilsson OoT orchestral renditions are hot stuff at the moment, but it's so refreshing to hear an arrangement that skews closer to actual contemporary classical than it's source material. I want more orchestral albums a la this. Favorite track: The Man with Evil Eyes.
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    iam8bit & Materia Collective are ecstatic to present Hero of Time, an officially licensed, one-hour arrangement album based on Koji Kondo's dynamic, epic and absolutely gorgeous score to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

    • 2xLP 180-gram vinyl
    • Green & Purple Rupee Vinyl
    • Music by 64-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra (recorded live at Studio 1 in Bratislava, Slovakia)
    • Album Art by Ryan Brinkerhoff
    • Includes Digital Soundtrack

    Freshly - and exclusively - recorded by the 64-player Slovak National Symphony Orchestra for this very album, Hero of Time breaths new life into classic Ocarina of Time score, previously only available from its Nintendo 64 sound chip origins.

    The album is arranged & composed by Eric Buchholz, a maestro of video game concert tours across the globe, including The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony (plus the bonus CD that shipped with Skyward Sword!!), The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and many more.

    The stunning album artwork was created by Ryan Brinkerhoff, full of subtle visual detail and interactive pieces, including a die-cut Ocarina window on the jacket's front, a majestic gatefold featuring both Light or Dark sides, and, of course - the finishing crescendo of a shimmering, gold foil-stamped triforce on the back.

    This album was recorded LIVE at Studio 1 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and was specially mastered for vinyl by the trusted experts at Infrasonic.

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Hero of Time 04:04
Hyrule Field 05:29
Seven Years 03:12
Sheik 02:43


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."

UPC 856146007003 MCOL-0023
℗ & © 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 is a composer and orchestrator for video games currently based in Seattle, WA.

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