In addition to Ocarina of Time, fan music project Zelda Reorchestrated (ZREO) is one the biggest reasons I grew to love Zelda music. When I was introduced to ZREO during high school, I had only played one Zelda game and I had barely scratched the surface of the series’ incredible catalog of music. Originally founded in 2004, Zelda Reorchestrated has given countless fans access to an incredible library of new arrangements and covers inspired by a variety of Zelda games. Zelda Reorchestrated’s Twilight Symphony, the team’s final project for about a decade, is the definitive symphonic journey through the music of Twilight Princess and one of the best Zelda projects ever created.

After nearly ten years, Zelda Reorchestrated has announced via press release that they are returning, through the newly established ZREO Studios, to continue “the tradition of thoughtful interpretations of popular video game music while committing to musicianship and production value.” For their first project, ZREO Studios has announced “ZREO: Second Quest,” an initiative designed to continue their legacy of creating “high-quality orchestral arrangements” inspired by music from across the Zelda series. For their initial “Second Quest” offering, the team at ZREO Studios is partnering with string quartet ATLYS, a “classically trained, crossover string quartet composed of four unique women,” for a thrilling version of “Hyrule Field” from Ocarina of Time.


Hyrule Field (From “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”) (feat. ATLYS) by ZREO: Second Quest

Hearing this new offering from ZREO: Second Quest and ATLYS is a joy. ATLYS delivers a lush and thrilling performance, capturing the sense of adventure that made “Hyrule Field” one of the most iconic Zelda songs. Have no fear fans, the rich arrangements and majestic splendor of ZREO’s previous work is still present in this new collaboration.

“Hyrule Field” featuring ATLYS will be available on Bandcamp starting December 10th, 2021 and will be available on all streaming platforms at Noon CEST (Central European Summer Time) on December 24th, 2021.

While discussing their first piece and the process behind their work, ZREO Studios reflected on some of the challenges of creating music during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Due to various obstacles related to traditional studio recording like social distancing and lock downs, ZREO implemented a “remote recording” strategy, where musicians work at their homes but still use professional recording equipment. One of the silver linings of the limitations presented by the pandemic was that the organization got the opportunity to work with  “musicians from all corners of the globe” and support musicians during challenging times. 

In addition to the release of their first new music in a decade, ZREO: Second Quest is also launching a Patreon page. If you want to support ZREO: Second Quest directly, there are a variety of subscription tiers available for those who wish to be a part of ZREO’s musical journey. The subscription tiers range from $3 USD per month to $75 USD per month, with a range of digital and physical rewards depending on the subscription level.

If you want to know more about ZREO: Second Quest or their community, you can check out ZREO Studios on their website, Bandcamp, Facebook, Discord, and Patreon.

What do you think about this announcement from ZREO? What do you want to see from them in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: ZREO Studios

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