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Hi folks, sorry for the very long delay in front page postings.. I just arrived out on the west coast, where I will be looking for a job or an internship for the summer! Sometime next week I will be posting the State of the Station for Summer 2012.. just need some time to get myself situated at my new home. =)

You might have already noticed some new recent additions to the Radio Hyrule music library. Newcomer Viol sent us a compilation of tracks he made a while back (sorry for taking so long!). We've also added a few more from Blake Robinson, along with a full album of tracks by Cory Johnson. His album just recently came out and has gained quite a bit of popularity around the internet. If you're interested in downloading his entire album, head over to his Bandcamp website and drop him some spare change if you can!

More updates on the way.. I promise!

Vancouver Observer Interviews Zelda Symphony Team


Producer, Jeron Moore
In anticipation of the upcoming Symphony of the Goddesses concert in Vancouver this Wednesday, local news provider The Vancouver Observer recently interviewed a couple members of the core team behind the Zelda Symphony: Producer Jeron Moore, and Music Director Chad Seiter.

The interview talks a lot about how the tour came to be about, along with some interesting behind-the-scenes information that someone might not even think about. You can read the full interview here. One thing fans might be particularly happy to hear is that fan response will actually make a difference when deciding which pieces get added to the tour.


Music Director, Chad Seiter
"We have designed our show so we can keep on adding new pieces whenever we want. We want to let the audiences know that we listen to their feedback and often times I’ll write arrangements based on fan response. They have all been very supportive and it’s incredibly appreciated. It lets us constantly evolve our show and as a result, I don’t feel like any two shows are the same." - Chad Seiter

If you plan on going to a show sometime this year, make sure you snatch your tickets soon before all the good seats are gone! More dates are to be announced, so sign up for their newsletter on the Zelda Symphony website to find out when it's coming near you!

Source: The Vancouver Observer

More Tour Dates for Symphony of the Goddesses Tour

In an email sent out early this morning, Nintendo has announced six more tour dates for the Symphony of the Goddesses tour. Check out the times below!

Los Angeles, CA - June 6 (E3)
Houston, TX - July 7
San Diego, CA - July 12 (Comic-Con)
Philadelphia, PA - July 25
Vienna, VA - July 26
Minneapolis, MN - September 22

"This concert program is a truly special event for so many people who grew up playing The Legend of Zelda," notes Jason Michael Paul, executive producer of Jason Michael Paul Productions. "The new tour dates are helping us bring this unique experience to fans across the country."

Make sure you remember to claim your 15% discount on tickets by logging into your Club Nintendo account and clicking on the Zelda Symphony banner!

Check out the Zelda Symphony website for a full list of tour dates and for booking tickets.

ZREO Team at the Symphony of the Goddesses Premiere

Last month, the ZREO Team (okay, it was me..) attended the world premiere of the Symphony of the Goddesses tour in Dallas, TX. To help commemorate the event, they (including me!) created a video documentary highlighting key moments of the event and some of the other sights and sounds of the evening. Please check it out, as they (*cough*) clearly put a lot of work into it!


ZREO would also like to give a special thanks to everyone who helped with production of this video. "You know who you are!"

Source: Zelda Reorchestrated

Hyrulecraft Alpha Now Available for Download

A few months back, we reported about an ongoing fan project dedicated to recreating Ocarina of Time's Hyrule in Minecraft. The Hyrulecraft team of creators have been working tirelessly since May 2011 to do just that, and today, they can proudly announce the project's alpha release. Check out the release trailer below!


The map is free to download from the project's main page, along with the "Majora's Craft" texture pack that is being associated with Hyrulecraft.

The full release of the game will feature "many RPG and MMO aspects such as quests, classes, experience and leveling, and a fan-written storyline that continues the story after the events of OOT's child timeline." Definitely something for Minecraft/Zelda fans to look forward to in the future!

Source: Hyrulecraft Project Page

PS: I totally helped spread leaves on the Great Deku Tree's head...

Symphony of the Goddesses Movements Revealed; New Segments Announced

In an email sent to subscribers of the Symphony of the Goddesses' mailing list, JMP Productions has revealed the full list of movements that comprise the "Symphony of the Goddesses." Two of the movements were previously performed at the 25th Anniversary concerts last October, which were Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker movements. The following quote is from the email:

The name "Symphony of the Goddesses" refers not only to the concert program but also to the new four-movement symphony recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time™, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker™, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess™ and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past™. Fans can also expect to hear stirring orchestral renditions of music from other series games, including The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening™ and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask™. The full orchestra will be conducted by Eímear Noone with arrangements by music director Chad Seiter.

It's great to hear that other games in the series will be represented on the program! Which songs from Link's Awakening and Majora's Mask would you want to hear performed live?

Link: Symphony of the Goddesses Homepage

Eleven New Symphony of the Goddesses Tour Dates; Canadian Tour Confirmed

The official Symphony of the Goddesses' website has been updated today to reveal the dates and locations of eleven newly announced concerts. Tickets for all eleven shows went on sale at or before 12pm CST today, and seats are expected to sell out quickly!

The announcement confirms that the tour isn't limited to the US, and is going outside of the country. Three dates for Canada have been announced, however, no indication has been given regarding dates in other countries. It's possible more dates will be announced later this year.

A few other pages have been added to the site's navigation menu, but have yet to be filled with content.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy your tickets!

Source: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour Schedule

Speculation: What to Expect from the Symphony of the Goddesses Tour


Last October, thousands of Zelda fans from across three regions were treated to a live orchestral concert featuring Zelda music while the rest of the world burned with envy. Moving in to 2012, we have the Symphony of the Goddesses tour to look forward to, which will be traveling across the United States (no word on other countries, yet!) through the course of the year.

So what do we know about these upcoming concerts, and what can we expect to see?

Four-movement symphonic suite

This information has been confirmed by numerous press releases that have been posted since Nintendo's E3 conference last year. Two of the four movements were performed live at the fall concerts and were included on the Skyward Sword Bonus CD, but the other two movements have yet to be revealed. We already know of the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess movements.

It has been stated that the upcoming series "will guide fans through a musical retelling of key chapters from The Legend of Zelda franchise," leading us to believe that the other two movements will be from the major console games Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword (Update: Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past movements confirmed!). If one of the movements is Skyward Sword music, that might explain why it wasn't performed at the fall concerts.

Brand new symphonic arrangements

Aside from the symphonic movements, the concert is likely to have shorter segments focusing on other highlight moments from the series' iconic music. At the fall shows, tracks such as Gerudo Valley and Fairy's Fountain were mixed in with the rest of the concert program. It was announced that the Symphony of the Goddesses tour will feature a "new musical program" from the fall concerts. It's possible that there will be some crossover between the programs, such as the two movements, but it would be really great to hear some brand new arrangements.

Merchandise for sale

I would expect to see similar options as the fall concerts. T-shirts and posters. Nice and simple! The merchandise sold at the fall shows was relatively cheap, $10 for a movie-sized poster and $20 for a shirt with the 25th Anniversary Symphony logo on the front in red. More apparel options for t-shirts and sweatshirts would be cool to see too.

Merchandise at the shows sold fast last fall, so it's likely to happen on the tour. I would recommend getting in line for merch right away when you get there, if that's what you're hoping to score.

Pre-concert demo booths

This is something that might be just limited to the 25th Anniversary concerts, but we could see happening along the tour. Playable demo booths for Wii and 3DS games were available for fans who wanted to try out their hand at some Skyward Sword and Four Swords 3DS demos.

However, with long lines, and limited time before the show and during intermission, you might want to steer yourself towards other attractions, such as...

Cosplayers

Zelda fans are proud to show their love for the series. I have no doubts that there will be a handful of people at every show along the tour that will be dressed up as their favorite characters from the games.

Don't be afraid to approach them and tell them how awesome they look, and snag a picture with them while you're at it! They're there to attract attention and make others happy, so don't be shy! Note: If you decide to dress up, you are setting yourself up to be swarmed with tons of people. Embrace the audience and make them happy! You're part of their experience.

What NOT to expect

There are a couple of things to remember about the 2012 tour that are different from the 25th Anniversary concerts. It's very unlikely that there be as many special guests in attendance at the upcoming shows, such as composer Koji Kondo and series producer Eiji Aonuma. They're likely to be far too busy to be traveling around the United States to all of the shows.

Don't get your hopes about hearing all of the songs from the fall concerts being performed on the tour. As mentioned above, Symphony of the Goddesses is said to have a new musical program, and with the addition of two full-length movements to the program, it's nigh impossible for them all to be heard. Some will be left out, though others may be swapped out for new arrangements. We'll find out next week when we attend the show in Dallas! Let us know if you will be in attendance!

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