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How do you improve an orchestrated masterpiece? Go 8 bit!

By aJNation71
June 22, 2017

Back in 2011, Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of its beloved franchise in a big way. Fans got books, free games and of course the very first orchestrated soundtrack in the Zelda series which featured one of the Wii’s stand out titles, Skyward Sword. It was a love letter to the series that had evolved from its 8 bit roots over it’s quarter of a century. What was equally impressive is while also staying traditional, it started to take the franchise in a revolutionary new direction visually, in style of game play and what our focus is today; audibly.

The soundtrack to Skyward Sword inspired Nintendo to take their team on a world tour and perform it in various famous venues. The ‘Symphony of the Goddess’ tour was a huge success and has encouraged Nintendo’s orchestra to continue to travel from venue to venue to this very day.

The song the very tour is named after is the title track from Skyward Sword and it is a beautiful combination of harp chords, piano keys, trumpets, triangles and cello chords. Ballad of the Goddess itself is a tribute to the classic Ocarina of Time as it is Zelda’s Lullaby played backwards. A different and old school tribute of sorts that is certainly worth checking out is that made by YouTuber Loeder. Loeder’s speciality is taking modern themes and turning it into 8 bit throwbacks (he has also remixed other themes from the Zelda universe).

This article has been written by yours truly aJNation71. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to me on Youtube and watch my podcast #Gamerbox which features Zelda and other various games. Take care and keep gaming!

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