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One-year Retrospective, the Anniversery Edition: Now with more numbers

My name is Austin Wright, and I'm the system administrator and overall software engineer for Radio Hyrule and Zelda Reorchestrated. When the server catches fire or just starts streaming Fairy Fountain in a loop, I'm the guy everyone runs to. I build the systems that gets the songs from song gets from our library to your computer speakers, maintain the database of songs, and do day-to-day maintenance to make sure the systems keep chugging away.

Several months ago we enabled tags on songs so you can search through music by game, melody, song, genre, theme, or specific content. So it turns out tagging 55 hours of songs is something of a daunting task! But, we think we've tagged the bulk of the songs. If you have any corrections to make, add a comment and/or drop us a line using the contact form.

For a while we've let you favorite your favorite songs. And slightly more recently, we published a page showing the list of most favorited songs, available on the re-vamped Songs page. Our song database also includes all the songs that have been requested and played in the last year (since a complete re-vamp of the system). With this information I thought it would be cool to take a look at some trends:

In the year since we've brought up the new server, we've played over 193,000 songs, and processed over 25,000 song requests!

The top-favorited song is Bucky Studios - The Legend of Cool, followed closely by one of my favorites, zyko - Rime of the Wanderin' Seafarer. These songs are also the most requested songs. However, from there the list diverges: Second Chance - Nothing Set in Stone is the third most requested song in our library, but only the sixth most favorited. Also note that users may request songs as many times as they like, so long as you return whenever it's available for requesting (you can request a song 5-6 times per day if you're persistent, have no life, and don't need sleep). Some users account for as many as fifty of their requests! (I'm not innocent here, I'm probably half the reason Fox Amoore appears three times on this list.)

Songs by number of requests since July 9, 2011
Rank Requests Song
1 313 Bucky Studios – The Legend of Cool
2 261 zyko – Rime of the Wanderin' Seafarer
3 163 Second Chance – Nothing Set in Stone
4 156 Aivi Tran – Dragon Roost Island Duet
5 155 Dazey, Nubioso – Link to the Mask
6 143 C418 – Skyward
7 139 Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony – E3 Overture
8 138 Fox Amoore – The Ballad of the Windfish
9 131 RomTom – Windmill Gone Berserk
10 129 Assassin223 – Gerudo Valley
11 128 Jam2995, TheDelRe – Hyrule Field (Twilight Princess)
12 126 BogusRed – A Link to the Past Piano Collection
13 123 Aivi Tran – Ocarina of Time Piano Medley
13 123 FreddeGredde – Wind Waker Unplugged
15 120 Kylethedarkn – Stone Tower Temple
16 115 BlueScreenRemix – Midna's Lament Remix
17 112 C-Storm – Dragon Roost Island
18 108 Cloudburst – Saria's Song (Electric)
19 99 CarboHydroM – Unsealed
19 99 BlazingDragon – Serenade of Storms
21 98 DJ Oaju – Twilight Princess Remix
22 98 Aivi Tran – The Legend of Zelda Theme (Piano)
22 98 Khuskan – Tarm Ruins
24 96 Kylethedarkn – Songs of Storms Remix
25 95 Nintendo – Oath to Order
25 95 Fox Amoore – Master of Time
27 94 Fox Amoore – The Final Battle
27 94 Alak – Ballad of the Wind Fish
29 93 Zelda Reorchestrated – Twilight Princess: Sacred Grove

Can you guess our top-played song? It's about 6 seconds long. And it has vocals. It's scarcely been requested, because it's not visible in our public library (it probably should be). Unlike many of those entries, it gets regular air time. In fact, it's the current Station ID! Our stream generator ensures it gets played about every 40 minutes, along with a fun fruit-flavored commercial, part of this complete breakfast.

Zelda's Lullaby Music Box Mix

Exclusive: Interview with Opera Writer Miguel Bulteau

Over the course of the last year, there have been several Zelda music albums making their way out into the world, both official and fan made alike. This trend can be largely attributed to the greatness of the music, but it is also very likely that the events surrounding the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda have sparked the imaginations of hundreds of game music fans all around the world. The insurgence of all of these new albums and singles has made for a very exciting year for fans of Zelda music, and so far there are no signs of things slowing down.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with a Portuguese fan currently working on Majora, an opera based on the music and story of Majora's Mask. Miguel Bulteau is a musician with a perspective of Zelda and its music that few dare to approach. The complete three-and-a-half hour opera is being designed to be a fully-fledged production complete with actors on the stage and an orchestra in the pit, rather than as a video or CD album. He was nice enough to share some of the finer details and philosophies behind his project.

Hop inside to read the interview.

Possibility of Another Symphony CD

Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

Nintendo World Report recently had an interview with Jeron Moore, the creative producer of Symphony of the Goddesses. Some interesting points were brought up; towards the end it was hinted that another CD containing what was not released with Skyward Sword's Symphony CD will be on it.

NWR: I did have one special request to ask you. At the end of this tour, will you release a new CD with all the new content that wasn't on the Skyward Sword disc?

JM: All I can say is… that's something that we're working on at this time. Because the disc with Skyward Sword has been so close to release, Nintendo doesn't want to move forward quite yet. But send them your request; I think they listen. So you bug them enough, maybe there will be something. I would love to do that.

Source: Nintendo World Report

Ultimate Zeldathon for Child's Play

The Ultimate Zeldathon starts today at 4pm EDT and will run for five days to raise money for the Child's Play Charity! Support their efforts by donating and sharing with your friends!

This event is now over. A total of $27,175.62 was raised in donations!

Zeldathon is a charity gaming marathon held by the Fun For Freedom team twice a year to benefit a worthy charity. To date, they have raised over $35,000 for various charities including the Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society.

This summer's marathon, to benefit the Child's Play Charity (See Right Sidebar) aims to be the most "Ultimate" Zeldathon ever. Through awesome gameplay, exciting races and challenges and Zeldathon's infamous punishments, they are sure to make you laugh as they play, sing and dance their way to raising tons of money for the amazing Child's Play Charity.

Source: The Zeldathon Network

Ocarina of Time Battle Metal Cover

Source: YouTube

Journey: A Zelda Medley

Source: YouTube

State of the Station - Summer 2012

Our last State of the Station address was last August when we changed our name to Radio Hyrule. We're due for another address, so read on.

Site Features

  • Last year we increased the site's functionality by creating individual pages for all songs, artists, and albums. With that feature came back the ability for users to request songs to be aired. Everything was working perfectly and looked great up until a difficult CMS upgrade which wrecked havoc among many of our sites page and features. The song pages and commenting systems were especially affected, and restoring everything has proven to be an incredibly daunting task.
  • We've decided that we're better off by scrapping the current site and rebuilding a new one with more growth in mind. Later this summer we will be reconstructing the site with a new layout and more efficient features. If there is anyone willing to help us with this, please contact us!
  • Our mobile applications are once again back in development after being on a long hiatus. iOS development has been taken over by two new individuals; thanks Ted and Danny! There's no release date set for the apps yet, but it's looking really nice and is being equipped with requesting capabilities, so you will be able to request songs right from your app! Thanks for your patience.

Future Plans

  • In addition to the new Radio Hyrule site, we also have our eyes set on building a new remixing-community-esque site in conjunction with Zelda Reorchestrated. We're still working out all of the ideas and details of that project, so we're not going to say anything else for now.

In conclusion

  • Stephen, Austin, and I have all been very busy lately with school, work, and choir recordings, which is mainly why we haven't been able to keep up with posting all of the latest news and videos in Zelda music. If you're interested in helping us out with our front page content, contact us with your best writing skills and we will set you up. Your help would be greatly appreciated!
  • A huge thanks goes out to the individuals who have contributed financially to our site! Hosting a good-quality audio stream for thousands of people each year isn't cheap. We can only stay online as long as we can afford to pay the bills, and any help we receive makes a big difference! If you enjoy listening to Radio Hyrule, please consider sending us a donation.
That's about all I have for this State of the Station address.. We'll try to have the next one this winter! Thanks for visiting Radio Hyrule!