Friday Update - October 24, 2014

"Well excuuuuuse me, Princess!" — Link

If you've ever tuned in for longer than an hour or so, it's highly likely you've heard one of the few dozen commercials we air in our rotation. Now, these aren't exactly advertisements so to say; we aren't making any money off of them, but they're actually there for listener enjoyment. How weird is that?

The idea to add old Nintendo and Zelda commercials from all the way back in the 80's until present day came from the thought that we needed something on the stream to break up the constant flow of endless music. Sprinkling in a little bit of nostalgia seemed like a great idea, and we've been slowly expanding our collection of commercials ever since. Not only can you hear some of the original commercials from back in the 80's, but we also have the Nintendo Cereal System, Powerglove, Virtual Boy, and commercials from other countries. We hope they give you a slight chuckle before the next block of awesome Zelda music.

We're committed to being an ad-free radio station (with the exception of the above nostalgic ones!), which just means we have to try to fund the site some other way. Thanks to everyone who has donated to our MAGFest fund so far! We haven't raised enough yet for us to be able to go, but we'll still put your donations to good use producing new content, and making a better website experience.

Music Update - Mahrellon

Freshly added to our library this week are two new tracks from Mahrellon. The first is a wild western-themed spin on the main theme A Handful of Rupees, and the other is an electronic dance remix of the Ocean theme, Out on the Open Sea. You'll be hearing these in the playlist rotation from here on out! Also go check out his non-Zelda remixes on his YouTube channel if you're interested. We asked him a few questions:

Hi Mahrellon, it's a pleasure to be adding some of your latest Zelda remixes to our library! You've been doing these for a while now. Could you tell us how you got started?

Hi Eric, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and music-covers. Music composing has always been a vital part of my life ever since I got my first keyboard as a young kid and I have also had a certain fondness for video games and video game music, especially the Zelda, Castlevania and Metroid series. Somewhere around 2009 I had a chat with a friend over Skype about how underestimated most older video game songs really are and that's when I kind of got the idea of bringing some of them back to life. Since I always love to find new sounds and styles I felt almost obligated to try to make the covers in a way that preserves the original feel while also re-making them in a style very far off from the original piece.

From western to electronic dance, you're clearly influenced by a wide variety of styles and genres. Could you name a few of your major influences?

It's funny that you ask because I have been asking myself this for quite some time. I think it's mostly thanks to the fact that I grew up in a family that already had a variate of different musicians. My grandmother played the accordion, my grandfather played the violin, my uncle plays acoustic guitar, my aunt plays the flute and my Dad is a rock musician. I guess you can see why I too became a musician and probably why I'm not bound to working with just one style.

That's awesome! Thanks for your time, and we hope to hear more tracks from you in the future!

Expect more to come! ;)


This week we feature our first Postbox questions, submitted by members of our community. Since we might not always have the space to answer every question, please understand that we may not be able to answer yours right away. We may hang on to it for another week of the Postbox.

First up, we hear from one of our long-time supporters, Juan L. Here's what he had to say:

Hello Radio Hyrule,

I hope you are all doing well. I'm excited to hear you have a new show coming and that there are new station IDs in rotation. I will admit, I will miss the old station ID. I was wondering when the Radio Hyrule Extravaganza Show will be uploaded and if you have any updates on the Radio Hyrule app for Android. I missed most of the show and would love to hear what your guest speakers had to say. Thank you for a fantastic station and I hope to hear back from you guys soon.

Earlier this year we celebrated our sixth anniversary with our largest streaming event to date. We had special guests, gave away a bunch of prizes, and even had a real phone number for listeners to call in on and go live on the air with us. A great time was had by all, at least by those who were able to listen to the shows live. We had planned on recording the extravaganza in its entirety, but despite our failsafes, we lost entire chunks of the show due to a number of technical reasons. We have bits and pieces of the shows here and there, but there's really not enough for us to be able to release. We're just as disappointed as anyone else, as it was our first major live radio event, but we'll work on fixing things for the next one!

As for the Android app, the question that fills our inbox week after week. The short answer is that we're working on it, it's just taking us a very long time to match the quality of the iOS build. Good apps don't just appear out of thin air. Our iOS developers have done a phenomenal job making sure the app remains stable. We don't, however, have any experienced Android developers on our Radio Hyrule team, so we're having to slowly learn as we go, in addition to working on new features for the new website we have in the works. We simply ask for your patience and know that we are not ignoring you!

nicelinkofhyrule asks us:

When can we listen to Radio Hyrule on Wii U?

Some number of months ago, we had started experimenting with a special Radio Hyrule stream that could be opened on Wii U consoles. We like to try to support as many devices as possible, and the Wii U would be great, as it uses one's TV rather than a computer or phone. The experiments would work sometimes, but it wasn't very stable in the end. We'll continue to experiment and look into Wii U support for when we launch our new website in the coming months.

Hyrule Academy airs tonight at 10pm US Eastern time! Thanks for sticking around, and we hope your weekend is awesome!