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The Legend of Zelda Soundtrack
Transcript of The Legend of Zelda Soundtrack
A Musical Project
Anyone who is familiar with the Legend of Zelda series probably knows how music is a big part of the game. They should also know that the game features many instruments like...
The Legend of Zelda series came to be in the February of 1986. The game featured the main character: Link, in the land of Hyrule, trying to stop...
The game most iconic part are all the dungeons and temples. In the first two games all the dungeons had the same theme. But, in the more recent releases each dungeon has had its own theme.
A man to thank
The important stuff
The Legend of Zelda games incorporate music like no other. And we only have one man to thank...
Koji Kondo has been a part of the score production on all the Legend of Zelda games to date. In the earlier days of Zelda he worked alone. But in more recent games he has partnered with many others. During his work on the first game he was going to use pre-composed song for the main theme but when he found out the copyright on the song hadn't expired he made the main theme himself. His other works include: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3
While trying to save:
I realized while making this that is sure does sound like the Super Mario Galaxy plot.
He is one of Nintendo's most valuable assets.
Feeling and Use
Don't get emotional
The use of the songs in The Legend of Zelda is powerful. The best display of this is in Majora's Mask, the sixth installment in the series. At the beginning of the game you are faced with a problem.
is falling from the sky.
And you have three days to stop it.
As the game progresses, the tension builds as you get closer and closer to running out of time. The music as you along with your business also changes. It goes from:
A much more depressing theme
Happy and not a care in the world.
Besides composing the score to the games he also preforms them. He is known as: "The greatest legend in the video game audio industry"
I think it suits this scene. Don't you?
Uses of Instruments
This is where the "Final Hours" theme is used
As stated before, The Legend of Zelda games include many different instruments. In fact the Legend of Zelda game where an instrument was not essential to the gameplay is Twilight Princess. Other of these instruments don't play a huge part but in most of the games they are crucial to the game play. In Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker you play/conduct an instrument to solve puzzles and progress in the game.
This is the Wind Waker. It is similar to a baton but instead of conducting instruments you conduct the wind.
The wind sounds more like a choir though
Sadly I couldn't find a video with all the songs that you can conduct. But here is one of them.
To conclude this presentation I will play you the most iconic song of the Legend of Zelda series: Zelda's Lullaby.
Temple Themes Part 1
A thematic slide
As explained before, the most iconic thing about these game are all the dungeons and temples. This is why the game has so many themes to talk about. Each theme is made special for the temple.
The best temple themes actually go along with the name of the temple. The only temple that I know that does this is the Wind Temple in "The Wind Waker". The theme is mainly played by wind instruments with the occasional strums of a group of cellos, a xylophone, the strings of a guitar and the dings of a triangle.
A Magical Combo
These are all the songs you can play on the...
Each song preforms a different action that helps you along Link's quest.
But first. Some unnecessary information!
Original Temple themes
Zelda's Lullaby first appeared in A Link to the Past. It played when the player met Zelda in Hyrule castle for the first time.
The next time it appeared was in Ocarina of Time. This time around players would learn to play the song on their Ocarina to allow them access to places usually exclusive to the royal family. Kind of like a V.I.P. pass. It is believed the notes are supposed to resemble the pieces of the Triforce.
Like father like son
In Majora's Mask, the direct sequel to Ocarina of Time,
players could no longer play this song on their Ocarina. But, the Song of Healing had similar effects to the lullaby.
In Skyward Sword, one of the series' most recent games the song appeared more times than most people might think. The song: the Ballad of the Goddess is surprisingly similar to Zelda's Lullaby when played backwards.
Ballad = Lullaby... Who knew?
Temple themes Part 2
In the last slide I said the Wind Temple theme was interesting because follows its name. But since other temples don't do this I have decided to talk about the atmosphere of some of the others.
The Forest Temple. By far one of the creepiest temples ever and of course the theme does not take away from this creepiness it adds a whole new level of creepy and hopelessness.
The Poes. The entire temple circulates around them.
The entrance to this temple. Creepy right off the bat.
A little bit of this a little bit of that
TLZ songs have come inspired by many different cultures. One of the main ones being Spain and it's .
More importantly Flamenco. A type of Spanish folk
music that first appeared in the late 18th century.
Two very famous Zelda songs use this as their base: the Gerudo Valley theme from Ocarina of Time and the Dragon Roost Island theme from the Wind Waker.