Posted on August 30 2013 by ralphpotato
A while ago on Windmill Hut we featured some works by the Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra, which you can go check out here. But because of the absolutely enormous amount of music that he’s orchestrated from Zelda tunes, we’re back again to listen to some more Zelda orchestrations!
Hopefully you’re already familiar with the Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra, or at least have heard other projects such as Zelda Reorchestrated, so hit the jump to enjoy some music!
First up is the Departure theme from The Wind Waker.
Next is the Song of Healing from Majora’s Mask.
Finally is actually an original score titled Link’s Shadow.
So this week we have two orchestrations and one original piece. I absolutely love orchestrations of video game music, because I’ve found that in almost all cases with good orchestrations, the music sounds better. The original themes feel more rich and alive, and simply the wider range of instruments give the music that much more character.
This is especially true, I think, for the Song of Healing. When I first heard the piece when I played Majora’s Mask, I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but after setting the tone of the game, revisiting the theme later it made more sense. After an orchestration, however, it just seems magical.
The final video, Link’s Shadow, was actually composed to accompany this video. Whether or not you enjoyed the musical composition, I highly suggest watching the video it was made for because the costumes and video effects are fantastic.
What did you think of the selections this week? Let us know in the comments!