Listen To Zelda Reorchestrated

Russ Frushtick at MTV Multiplayer was following the progress of a musical group that wanted to remake the music in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with a real orchestra. Today, he reports, they've finally finished their work.

The Zelda Reorchestrated project (a.k.a. ZREO) first got started six years ago when a 14-year-old had the brilliant idea to redo all the music in the game with an orchestra. Now, 82 tracks later, the idea is real and you can listen to it yourself.

As of a month ago, we were only short a handful of songs to complete the album, however, many of the songs from Ocarina of Time were not nearly up to par with others, so we decided to go through the album, song by song, and figure out which songs needed to be remade. It started out as five, then ten, twelve. The list grew and grew till we reached a whopping 22 tracks. Today, we release those additional 22 remakes.

Frushtick rightly points out that this work is in no way protected from a take-down notice from Nintendo (though I'm sure the more clever legal minds out there could make a case for fair use). So get it while it's hot in download form or pop over to Zelda Reorchestrated just to sample their work. Really, it's pretty neat.

Zelda Reorchestrated [ via MTV Multiplayer]


    I prefer to listen to the ocarina of time songs as MIDI files, the way they should be heard. I did hear a lot of songs from the MGS orchestra a while ago and they were awesome, particularly if you see them play it live, they really do put on a show.

    I'll definitely be downloading this. I agree with you Andrew, part of the charm of the soundtrack is the MIDI sounds, but I'd be interested to hear what this sounds like.

    Part of me still hopes that one day Nintendo will wake up and give us an HD Zelda with full orchestrated audio. This may be the closest thing we'll get for quite some time.

    I do enjoy listening to the MIDI files as well - along with the ability to easy remix them with certain software, it brings back good, good memories.

    This is awesome.

    Allow me to express my thoughts.




    This was done about 6 months after the release of Zelda by the freaking Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. Done professionally AND sold.

      Allow me to express my thoughts.




      So what if a professional orchestra has done it before? A 14 year old kid set out to recreate virtually every song in the game and it sounds bloody brilliant.

      How would you like it if you spent 6 years creating something and someone made a comment like that?

    Listening to it now - sounds AMAZING. I've been waiting for something like this for ages. Cheers for the heads-up Kotaku!

    Yes it has been done, but this is a phenomenal achievement for any professional musician or producer, never mind a 14-20 year old. Sit down Count and STFU. Ocarina of Time score is certainly up there with any John Williams or Hans Zimmer for me. 10 years on I still get a shiver down my spine when Hyrule Field plays... Thankyou to everyone involved for reminding us how brilliant this musicscape was.

    Ah, I've been keeping my eye on these guys for the last few years. Glad to hear they're done with Ocarina of Time; some of their recreations of the other games' albums are amazing, too, everyone should definitely check it out.

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