Koji Kondo, composer of countless classic Nintendo tracks — The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Star Fox 64 to name a few — recently sat down with Polygon to discuss his creative process, current projects such as Mario Maker, and, most notably, his favorite theme from The Legend of Zelda series. In the interview, Kondo took a few moments to discuss the process of creating his favorite Zelda piece, the overworld theme from Ocarina of Time, noting that “we wanted something that didn’t play so often that players got tired of listening to it.”
“That’s a tough question. Looking back, I think the version that we used in Ocarina of Time.…this is the overworld theme that we’re talking about here.
“For Ocarina, we wanted something that didn’t play so often that players got tired of listening to it. So I broke it into 8-bar sections and there was some random phrasing that was implemented so that the melody would be changed up. Again, these are 8-bar sections that I created to all work together, but when combined, they change, and there’s some random stuff going on there. I really like the way that worked out.” — Koji Kondo
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