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Friday Update - March 13, 2015


"We seem to bump into each other time and time again. Oh, it's no coincidence, though, is it? You and I, we're bound by a thread of fate." — Ghirahim


It's Ghirahim Day here at Radio Hyrule! Well, not really, but he is the discussion topic for tonight's episode of Hyrule Academy! This week we're bringing you some more great new tunes from a new artist.


Music Update - Sad Toy Cats

Sad Toy Cats is a musician duo comprised of two guitarists who love video game music. Check out what they have to say about their music in this interview!




[Transcript coming soon]




Sad Toy Cats on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube, and iTunes.

Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From NinFan237:

Since there is a way to play Radio Hyrule on your Wii via wiimusic.net, is there ever a chance for a way to play Radio Hyrule on the Wii U browser sometime in the future?


Supporting the Wii U requires a major change in the backend infrastructure due to the codecs we have to support; it's the next course of action after Android app.





Tonight's episode of Hyrule Academy will be all about one of our all-time favorite villains! Be sure to tune in by 10pm US Eastern!

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Hyrule Academy 2-06 - The Fused Shadows


Didn't get to tune in for last week's episode of Hyrule Academy? No problem! Here is the full recording of the episode! Enjoy!


If you're not caught up-to-date with previous episodes, you can download them from the Hyrule Academy archive.

Friday Update - March 6, 2015


"The flow of time is always cruel. Its speed seems different for each person, but no one can change it." — Shiek


Good evening, listeners! We're back this week with more new music to add to our library.


Music Update - DJ the S

This week we've added a bunch of new electronica tracks created by DJ the S! Check out some of our favorites like Mask of Madness, Deku Rave, and Lost Palace.

Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From BobOmbLink:

What is Windmill Hut? I can't find any information on the site.


Glad you asked! The Windmill Hut is a weekly show hosted by NovaAlamak, creator of The Spinning Stream, a Nintendo music radio station. It airs every Wednesday at 7pm US Pacific on The Spinning Stream, and is simultaneously broadcast on Radio Hyrule as well.

Nova's show has a number of recurring segments including the Bombchu Bulletin, Keaton Kwiz, Scarecrow's Song, and the Phantom Hour (an hour-long segment of non-Zelda music, which isn't broadcast on Radio Hyrule). Listener participation is encouraged through their IRC chatroom, which can be found on their website, or in the #spinners channel using the Radio Hyrule chat box.





As usual, tonight's episode of Hyrule Academy will be LIVE on the air starting at 10pm US Eastern! Join the discussion in our chatroom!
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Friday Update - February 20, 2015


"Hyah!" — Link


Short update this week! We're going to start with the Postbox segment first, for reasons which will become apparent.



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From Kurona:

I've been wondering this for awhile, do you plan on adding Super Smash Bros. Melee's soundtrack? I've also been wondering if you will add a Super Smash Bros. tag.


Funny you bring that up, because I never actually noticed that we didn't have the Melee tracks in our library! We've had Brawl and Smashing...Live! for a while, we recently added Smash 4, but no Melee. That is until now! We've also added a shiny new Super Smash Bros. tag for the library. Enjoy!


Music Update - Super Smash Bros. Melee

What else needs to be said? You've heard these two tracks before. Great Bay and Temple. Good ol' classic Smash music. Go and get 'em.

Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!





Hyrule Academy is tonight! This week's topic is New Hyrule, so don't be tardy! Catch the discussion at 10pm US Eastern.

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Friday Update - February 13, 2015


"You're late, Mikau! Where were you while you were skippin' practice?" — Japas


It's Friday the 13th! Oh yeah, and that Zelda game everyone's been asking for is finally out. Happy Majora's Mask Day!


Android Progress

I'm sure many of our eager Android anticipators will be pleased to hear that we've been receiving working builds of our first official Android app version! It's not quite ready to move into testing yet, but things are looking right on track for our goal timeframe of Spring 2015. We will let you know more specifics as we narrow in on when exactly that'll release.

Now onto the music!


Music Update - The CloudRunner

Considering Majora's Mask 3D was released today, it would have been odd to have a music update featuring music from any other game. Fortunately for us, The CloudRunner served us up with some great metal renditions of music from the N64 classic. A Terrible Fate: 72 Hours Remain is the first part in a trilogy of releases being produced by The CloudRunner. We sat him down with our Keaton masks on and asked him some questions about his latest release. Read below:

Hey The CloudRunner, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions with us! You made your Radio Hyrule debut last year with your album, Unto Ocean's End, but when did you first start getting into video game metal? Who or what inspired you?

The CloudRunner: It was around 2 years ago when I decided to take a break from working on original music. What started out as a side project has overtime become my channels main content. I had previously uploaded Zelda covers but they were orchestral based arrangements back from 2009 which are still online! Of course the music in the Zelda series has always been an integral part of the game makeup, the fact that there is a radio station dedicated to the music that appears in the series says it all.

In terms of who inspired me it was partly down to have seeing (as no doubt many of your listeners have) Artificial Fear's cover of Ballad of The Goddess on YouTube. I liked how he took the theme and rearranged the music to put his own stamp on it. It wasn't until Nintendo released Wind Waker HD did the idea really take off for me, I had seen a lot of individual covers from Zelda games but no one had really covered a full soundtrack even down to Beedle's Shop and other themes that are lesser known.


Your latest album, 72 Hours Remain, is similar in style to your last album, but it's being released in three separate parts. Could you tell us what other similarities or differences we might find between the two?

The CloudRunner: The reason for the three separate parts is that I want each album to represent a different day in the same way that Majora's Mask becomes heavier and darker as you play through the three days. In terms of musical style, 48 Hours will be more intense and 24 Hours will be focused on the moods of despair as Link reaches the end of his third day, but there will be some themes that continue throughout the three.

The idea behind these albums (similarly to Wind Waker) is that I am making almost like a "Let's Play" where the listener is taken through the game as if they were playing it. Of course a couple of themes may not be in complete chronological order for stylistic reasons but I did my best, I am sure some people will correct me for any themes being the wrong place. :)


With the arrival of Majora's Mask 3D today, 72 Hours Remain definitely launched at a very good time! Was this album an idea you came up with before or after the remake was announced last year?

The CloudRunner: I wish I could say that I meticulously planned every detail to line up with the release of Majora 3D but that wouldn't be the truth. After I completed my Wind Waker album I always knew that I would record another one in 2015. For a while I was thinking of covering Skyward Sword's soundtrack, but the way I learn the themes is from reading MIDI files, which unfortunately Skyward sword doesn't have that many online.

Once the remake was announced, I thought it would be cool to have my project released around the same time, as Majora's Mask is my favourite game from the entire Zelda series. What I didn't account for was Nintendo bringing the release date forward from Spring to February, so in all I had around 3 weeks to make 72 Hours Remain!


Wow, that's quite impressive! Hopefully you're not too burned out. Where can our listeners find the rest of your music covers and future releases?

The CloudRunner: The best way to follow me is on Facebook, or by subscribing to my YouTube channel. I'll be doing more of these Zelda albums in the future! I also collaborate with YouTube vocalists/musicians "metalizing" songs, and of course covering lots and lots of Nintendo covers!!


Thanks again for making some awesome Zelda music! We hope to share more of it with our radio listeners in the future!

The CloudRunner:I hope that everyone likes it and thank you for adding it to Radio Hyrule! you guys do a great job! :D


Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From Innen:

I would like to know if there is a way to edit the volume of the stream, or if there are plans to add a volume slider of some sort.


Sounds like you're talking about our Pop-out Player!

We're glad you're thinking about the same things we are! We added the pop-out player about a year ago as a quick and dirty means of getting the stream to play in-browser. We have it in the works to make a prettier skin for it, along with the volume features you'd expect from an audio player.

For now, if you're really itching for some volume control, we highly recommend opening the stream URL in your computer's media player. Visit this page for more information on setting that up.



In case you haven't heard, Hyrule Academy is BACK for season two! You can catch episode 3 live on the air tonight at 10pm US Eastern, and if you missed any of the previous episodes, you can find them on the show page. Enjoy!

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Friday Update - January 30, 2015


"Don't be stupid! We're the Killer Bees! We ain't no teacher's pets!" — Ivan


We're back! Hope you all didn't miss us too much last week while we were away at MAGFest. We had a great time hanging out with MC Gamer, GreatScottLP, and MANY other musicians and non-musicians alike. It was a good thing we brought our recording devices, because we got a lot of awesome content we'd like to bundle up and share with you soon. If you haven't thought about going to it, we cannot recommend it enough. There's nothing else like it.


Music Update - Rebecca Tripp

This week we're trying something new. Rather than just post a text interview with our featured artist, we decided to try out an audio interview which you can find below.

Our featured artist is none other than Rebecca Tripp! Rebecca has been making music and uploading it to her YouTube channel for years now, so it's about time we shared it. Check out the interview if you're curious to hear her thought processes and musical influences! We've also provided a transcript of the interview.




We've been following your work for quite a while now, but when did you first start getting into music production? How has your YouTube channel shaped you musically?

Rebecca Tripp: I started getting into the production side of things about four years ago, after I started to get slightly better at using VSTs. Originally my work was mostly just MIDI. I had about 700 of them just sitting on my hard drive and I realized that I needed to do something with them. Once I got YouTube, I started sharing my work wherever I could.

It took about two years before I started getting many people to notice my work, and I realized that cover songs would be a fun thing to try, and started composing arrangements of stuff from my favorite video game soundtracks.

Getting more views has given me the confidence to share a lot of the work that I was just keeping on that hard drive. That being said, there's still hundreds of songs I have yet to show anybody.


We notice you've done a lot of celtic-inspired Zelda arrangements -- something that we don't see all that often. Is that a favorite style of yours, and what other music styles have influenced your work?

Rebecca: Celtic music has definitely inspired me. I listened to a lot of it growing up and I think it sort of comes slightly more natural to me than some of the other genres for that reasons. I've definitely been inspired by video game music as a genre also, so much so that when I do covers of songs from one game, there's sometimes influence from the soundtrack of another game. Final Fantasy probably influenced me more than anything.

Some of my Zelda remixes kind of have a Final Fantasy feeling about them, along with games like Secret of Mana and Chrono Cross. I also listen to a lot of world music and classical music. I try to make my cover songs sound more natural, dream-like, and elaborate, which is sort of a result of all of these influences mixing together I think.


Your channel also features a lot of music from other games, as well as original compositions. What parts of the creative process are different between composing original music and arranging video game music?

Rebecca: I have a fairly even mix of both on my channel. I have about 5-ish techniques for creating everything I do, all of which can apply to original music as well as remixed music. I think that the most consistent difference is that the melodies and the harmonies of video game music already exist, so the challenge is more in finding a way to present or represent that lots of other people already know.

With original music, there are no rules or restrictions. I can write whatever I want in any way I want. With my covers songs, however, I prefer to try to preserve the spirit or the soul of the original piece, while simultaneously presenting it through my own personal lens.

I guess to sum it up, I do work very intuitively most of the time whether it's original or remix, but the way I think about the piece as I'm working on it is the main difference to my approach.


Can we expect to hear more Zelda arrangements in the future?

Rebecca: More Zelda songs? Oh yes, definitely. I'll never stop.


Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From FriendsNone:

Radio Hyrule is my favorite internet radio with Zelda related music but, is it hard to make an internet radio? What are the stuff and application you need to keep it running? By the way. I'm happy that Radio Hyrule exist and I hope that it will be more popular. :)


Hey FriendsNone, good question! We employ a number of applications on our server to keep the station up and running, including icecast2, a very popular and robust streaming server, liquidsoap, an open-source stream generator which keeps the tunes coming, drupal, for our website management, and custom modules which we've created to add features like requesting, favorites, etc.

If you're looking for something a little more out-of-the-box user-friendly, I'd recommend taking a look at SHOUTcast, which is in the same family as Winamp. For stream generation, I know there are some Winamp plugins out there that will enable you to stream whatever you're currently listening to in Winamp.





Hyrule Academy season two premieres TONIGHT! Don't miss the kickoff at 10pm US Eastern, right here on Radio Hyrule.

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Friday Update - January 16, 2015


"If I was a sea gull, I would fly as far as I could! I would fly to far away places and sing for many people!" — Marin


One week until MAGFest! We've been working hard to make preparations for our pilgrimage to the annual game music festival, where we hope to meet a whole lot of artists and video game music enthusiasts. We won't be broadcasting live this year, but we'll be there representing Radio Hyrule anyway. Will any of you be there?


Music Update - OverClocked ReMix

New music this week from OverClocked ReMix includes 4 tracks from Radio Hyrule newcomers Arth4da, Brendan Hannigan, DDRKirby(ISQ), Garrett Williamson, Redg, and Sir Jordanius.

Be sure to catch these new tracks; you're sure to find a new favorite!

Want your music featured in one of our music updates? Send us a link to it and we'll get back to you!



We receive questions and emails every week from our Radio Hyrule listeners, and we always answer a few of them in our Friday Updates. To submit your question, visit the contact page and fill out the form.

From Themadddoctor:

I have been using your website for some time now, and really enjoy the variety of LOZ music that can be found. I know that there is an app for Apple products, but Android products are lacking one. Are there plans for an android Radio Hyrule app at some point in the future?


Yes, we're working on an Android app that will be out soon. We aim to release it in the spring.



Two weeks until the new season of Hyrule Academy! Have a good weekend!

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