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Experience the story of Ocarina of Time like never before, with one hour of new musical arrangements recorded live by a full orchestra!
Hero of Time is an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo's timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Experience 75 minutes of the game's timeless melodies performed live with a full 64-piece orchestra.
Hero of Time is an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo's timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Experience 75 minutes of the game's timeless melodies performed live with a full 64-piece orchestra.
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2016-10-28: New $50 vinyl-only tier has been added! $100 CD+Poster+Vinyl tier remains unchanged.
2016-10-25: New $10 signed postcard tier has been added! All higher tiers will also receive a signed postcard even if it is not listed.
2016-10-04: Reward tiers have been added and revised! See here for details.
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Materia Collective is pleased to announce the production of Hero of Time, a licensed one-hour arrangement album based on Koji Kondo's music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. With the successful funding of this Kickstarter project, Hero of Time will be recorded live with a full orchestra in one of the world’s top destinations for professional recording sessions, Bratislava.

Here is an (updated!) 8-minute preview of some of the tracks featured on the album. Please keep in mind that these are synthesized mockups and that the final tracks will sound a million times better once recorded live! If this Kickstarter is successful, Hero of Time will be the first full album of fan-made Zelda music to be recorded by a full orchestra.

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 (and bonus CD that shipped with Skyward Sword), The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Pokémon: 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.

Hero of Time is first and foremost 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. While each track can be enjoyed individually, Hero of Time is designed to be a more fulfilling listening experience when heard from beginning to end.

Since we have a limited amount of time that we will be able to record, covering every track on the Ocarina of Time soundtrack would be implausible. In order to retell the complete story of the game, the tracks have been designed to focus on one central aspect of the story, with additional elements of related material incorporated throughout. For example, a track about the Gerudo Valley segment of the game might also include references to Spirit Temple and Requiem of Spirit. There will be approximately 20 tracks in total.

Ocarina of Time is a story all about the passage of time and the beauty of impermanence and mortality. It's a journey from childhood through adulthood and from life to death. The message is echoed across the entire world of Hyrule all throughout the game. We'll delve deeper into these themes in an upcoming update.

Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke (1998)
Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke (1998)

In order to make Hero of Time have its own distinctive style, we decided to look eastward for inspiration. Among the biggest influences on the album are Japanese video games like Skyward Sword and Ōkami, Japanese animation like Princess Mononoke and Castle in the Sky, and music from various other Japanese composers. We hope you enjoy this combination of styles.

Here's a general idea of what our calendar looks like for the next few months:

  • October: Kickstarter fundraising.
  • November: Orchestrations finalized, sheet music printed.
  • Early December: Recording session.
  • Late December - January: Post production: editing, mixing, mastering.
  • February: Manufacturing.
  • March: Release!
The specifics of the recording sessions have not yet been set in stone. That is because the amount we raise during this Kickstarter fundraiser will greatly influence our decisions on which city we would like to record in, the size and composition of the orchestra, and also which studio would be the most suitable. (Backers who are interested in pledging at our highest reward tier -- this is why you should contact us first!) Planning things this way will help us achieve the greatest quality possible for our album, instead of tacking on additional stretch goals that could ultimately delay or harm our efforts.

Studio 1, Bratislava, Slovakia - Chad Seiter's Star Trek (2013 video game) recording sessions.
Studio 1, Bratislava, Slovakia - Chad Seiter's Star Trek (2013 video game) recording sessions.

Our initial $50,000 goal is enough for us to record with a 64-piece orchestra at Studio 1 in Bratislava, Slovakia (pictured above). However, if we were to raise an additional $10,000 (for example), we would be able to upgrade that to an 82-piece orchestra and add additional recording time. If we somehow manage to raise even more than that, we might be able to start looking at recording in Seattle, or even London, (Abbey Road, anyone?). There are a lot of available options. Don't worry, we've called ahead and checked for calendar availability. 

For now we're just going to focus on meeting our original $50,000 goal!

The budget breakdown for our $50,000 goal looks something like this: 

  • 10% Kickstarter fees, payment processing fees, and taxes
  • 35% Recording sessions (musicians, contracting, studio rental)
  • 35% Hired talent (editing, mixing, mastering, artwork, etc.)
  • 20% Kickstarter rewards and shipping
As mentioned above, additional funds raised will be used to increase the size of the orchestra and/or record in a more expensive city. 

Once Hero of Time has been completely finalized, our backers will be the first to know! Links to download digital rewards will be distributed alongside our global launch on iTunes, Loudr, Spotify, Pandora, and various other music outlets. For non-backers, physical albums and vinyl editions will likely go on pre-sale prior to digital launch, with the goal being to ship out the same time as digital launch. If physical album manufacturing is delayed, digital launch will remain on schedule. Those who pre-order a physical album will receive a digital download at no additional cost.

These plans are subject to change. We will post final details once available.

The Legend of Zelda, ​Ocarina of Time, and related ​Zelda​ properties are © 1998 Nintendo Co., Ltd. Materia Collective and Hero of Time are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Nintendo Co., Ltd. Musical compositions are © 1998 Nintendo Co., Ltd. and will be used with permission. 

Hero of Time is ™ and © 2016 Materia Collective LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges

Raise your hand if you've ever been burned by a Kickstarter that never followed through with the project, or one that somehow managed to get delayed at every stage, or one that was weakened overall by adding too many stretch goals.

Yeah, we've been there too, which is why we solemnly promise to remain true to our project's goal.

If this project were to run into unexpected delays, they would most likely occur during post-production or manufacturing. These stages can potentially involve scheduling conflicts due to coordinating with several other people to finish up the final products. With clear communication and good planning in advance, there shouldn't be any unforeseen delays. Hooray!

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