If you’re a fan of The Legend of Zelda and its iconic music, you may be interested in a new Kickstarter project. Materia Collective is currently seeking $50,000 in funding to create Hero of Time, an hour of new musical arrangements recorded live by a full orchestra. If funded, this will be an officially licensed product based on the memorable music of composer Koji Kondo in Ocarina of Time and recorded “in one of the world’s top destinations for professional recording sessions

The project is headed up by a pair of artists with extensive experience in composing and music, including work with
Zelda-themed orchestras.

Eric Buchholz is a Seattle-based arranger/orchestrator of video game music. He has been involved with the production of video game music concert tours including The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, andPokémon: Symphonic Evolutions. Eric was also an arranger on Zelda Reorchestrated’s Twilight Symphony album and producer of Pokémon Reorchestrated’s Double Team! album, both of which were funded right here on Kickstarter.

Sebastian Wolff is the founder and director of Materia Collective, an organization of over 400 composers, arrangers, performers, and other artists who share a passion for video game music soundtracks. Sebastian is also a co-founding member of Loudr, a music licensing and distribution platform working to reinvent and revitalize the music industry for the emerging generation of music lovers, creators, and enablers.

Bucholz and Wolff plan for Hero of Time to be a “musical retelling of the story of Ocarina of Time, including key moments that occur before the game’s beginning and during Link’s concealment for seven years.” It won’t feature every song from the original soundtrack, but it aims to tell the complete story of the game through approximately 20 tracks.

If funded, Materia Collective will begin recording Hero of Time in December (the location of the recording session and the size of the orchestra will depend on how much money is raised), and they aim to release in March. Currently, the project has raised over $16,000 of the $50,000 goal with 22 days left to go. You can check out a synthesized mockup of some of the music by clicking above, and if you like what you hear you can back the project on Kickstarter.

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