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Zeldathon Relief


The Zeldathon crew is back with another Zelda gaming marathon for charity! This is their 13th marathon over the past five years, and the team has raised over $300,000 for charities worldwide.

This time, Zeldathon Relief will be raising for Direct Relief, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Direct Relief works with healthcare professionals and organizations and equips them with the essential medical supplies and equipment that they need to help people recover from disaster. Direct Relief also provides health services to people in areas that are poor and lack basic healthcare infrastructure.

Check out the stream below and shout out to MC Gamer in the chat box! Tomorrow (Monday) at about 5pm US Eastern, I'll be joining the team via Skype to hang out and talk about Zelda stuff.


Zeldathon Relief has concluded with a grand total over $104,000.00!! Congratulations, Zeldathon!


Watch Zeldathon on Twitch.

Friday Update - December 26, 2014


"I do not have the capability to fully understand the human spirit…" — Fi


Hey everyone! Hope you all have had a great year as we wind down the last remaining days of 2014. We don't have much to say this week, as we're preparing for our State of the Station post coming next week.

Music Update - TheOnlyDeerAlive

This week's music update contains two new tracks from veteran guitarist/arranger TheOnlyDeerAlive. Both tracks are acoustic arrangements, featuring Ballad of the Goddess and Song of Healing themes. Enjoy!

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


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As a reminder, there will NOT be Hyrule Academy tonight, or in the coming few weeks. The 2015 season will be kicking off on January 30th, so if you've gotten behind on episodes, now is a great time to catch up!

Have a happy and safe New Year's celebration!

ebuch

Friday Update - December 19, 2014


"Your friends... What kind of... people are they? I wonder... Do these people... think of you... as a friend?" — Moon Child wearing Odolwa's mask


Majora's Mask has certainly been a hot topic lately, especially since the Ocarina of Time 3D release in 2011, and end-of-the-world prophecies in 2012. With Nintendo's recent announcement of the 3D-make of the classic title, it's no wonder why there's so much energy about the game. Today we're going to be talking about a fan project that has been in the works for several years now, and has been featured on Radio Hyrule in the past. Here is an update on the "Majora" project.

Music Update - M. Bulteau

This week, we're featuring a music artist who has been an active member of the Radio Hyrule community for several years, M. Bulteau! He is the creator and director of "Majora," a fully-fledged operatic work based on the story of Majora's Mask. I'm sure most of our listeners have already heard the fruits of his labor airing on our stream, but today we're updating many of those tracks with new versions sent to us by M. Bulteau. Some of the tracks we've added have also never been heard on Radio Hyrule before, including non-Majora tracks Castle Town Market and The Windmill.

We reached out to M. Bulteau with a few questions about his massive project:

For the uninitiated, can you explain what exactly "Majora" is?

MB: Majora is an opera based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

I find this is a game full of depth. The strangeness of the setting, the urgency of the plot, and the troubles of the characters are very fitting for stage. In the opera, its musical themes are developed on originally throughout the entire narrative, making it a celebration of every aspect of the game's story and music, and a tribute to the work of Koji Kondo and Toru Minegishi.

The story focuses mainly on Kafei and the retrieval of his wedding mask, which takes on a different approach due to Link's absence from Termina in this version (for canon freaks, consider timelines alternative to the child's :P).

This is not made only for Zelda fans. Majora's Mask's story becomes self-contained once Link is removed, and the opera is written in a way that everyone, Zelda fan or not, gamer or not, can enjoy.


How long have you spent working on "Majora," and how have you found all of the help in creating the project?

MB: It's been three years since I've started writing the opera by myself. I then decided that a set number of demos was necessary to give an idea of the work's potential, so I found help to record them mostly from friends, colleagues and volunteers who liked the idea, both local and online. Aaron Kline was a great help in the visual department, for animations and VFX in some of the demos.

The core musical team at this point consists of myself as the composer and base mixer, Miguel Jesus as the recording producer, final demo mixer and final score engraver, and Liam Greenough as the demo samples producer, and percussion and libretto (lyrical) advisor. They both act as general advisors on the score as well.


What's the ultimate goal of "Majora?" When do you expect the project will be completed?

MB: Ideally, Majora is intended to be staged. Efforts are being made to assure that. All that is in my power at this point, however, is the completion of a full-sized hardcover score of the opera.

The first draft of the complete 3-hour long score will be finished before February 2015, at which point Miguel, Liam and I will begin an arduous process of revision.


What sort of impact do you predict Majora's Mask 3D will have on "Majora?"

MB: I have no idea. XD


Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions! We can't wait to see the final results of your work!

MB: Thanks to Radio Hyrule and The Spinning Stream for adding my music to their stream, and my apologies to the lovers of the old versions of the demos, but they are no longer available because they clash too harshly with the intended final work.

P.S: If the work gets to the heights it is aiming for, I will have no qualms with having the old demos resurface as prototypes, and as thanks to the kind volunteers who participated.

Follow M. Bulteau's progress via Facebook and Twitter.

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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 Cassus:

Do you think you'd ever add any of the original songs to the list? Sometimes it's nice to listen to those once in a while instead of remixes. (This place is fantastic either way!)


We're actually looking into creating an entire sub-station separate from the remixes stream for listeners to listen to a stream entirely composed of original soundtrack music. This is just one potential feature of a super-awesome subscription service we're looking at introducing in the new year! We will share more information when the time comes!

From nicelinkofhyrule:

Any update on RH coming to Wii U?


From our stream engineer, AAA_awright: "We're interested in supporting more devices, but as of right now, Wii U requires producing a special kind of video stream which we don't have any reliable infrastructure for. It's under development!"



Tonight's Hyrule Academy will be 2014 season's finale! MC will be back with a brand new season starting at the end of January. 10pm US Eastern!

Have a very happy winter/summer solstice celebration! We'll be back next week with even more music for you.

ebuch

Friday Update - December 12, 2014


"Tell me... Do you ever feel a strange sadness as dusk falls? They say it's the only time when our world intersects with theirs." — Rusl


Still no Smash Wii U tracks to be found online, but we'll get those sooner or later! For now, we've got some awesome new Twilight Princess music courtesy of OverClocked ReMix!

Music Update - OverClocked ReMix

OverClocked ReMix just celebrated their 15th birthday yesterday! Congrats to the team and community. New tracks from Chimpzilla, Jordanrooben, and Pl511, including Hero's Rest and Wistful. Both are great tracks, so be sure to give them a listen.

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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. We got a LOT of questions this week (making up for last week's lack thereof), so apologies if we didn't answer your question! We'll save some for future slow weeks.

From uttfan:

I know we have an IRC chatroom, but is there any possibility of us starting up a VBulluten forum in the future? Thank you so much for the effort you guys put into this site and the station.


"Do people still engage in community forums?" was the first thing that I asked myself when reading this. I've been out of the forum community scene for a while now, but if it's something people would enjoy having at Radio Hyrule, I wouldn't be opposed to opening a small board for discussion and sharing. For a while a few years back, we used to have boards on other site forums who were kind enough to host one for us, and then we decided to switch over to a community based on comments left on track/artist pages.

From EzloSpirit:

I realize that you generally shy away from featuring OSTs here on Radio Hyrule--the only exceptions I am aware of being the trailer themes from Twilight Princess and Zelda-related themes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and (recently) for 3DS/Wii U. That said, would you ever consider adding music from Hyrule Warriors to the station library?


Yes. :)

From Lieldorf:

What will be in store for the future of radio hyrule? Will there be other new shows, extravaganzas, new features, etc.


We'll address some of the new things we're working on in the upcoming State of the Station in January! We have a lot of things in the works right now, but it's hard to put a time estimate on anything just because everything is at a varying level of completion. We're also a bit understaffed at the moment! We're excited to see what the new year brings.



Tonight's Hyrule Academy features a highly anticipated topic, The Hyrulean Civil War! MC Gamer will be kicking off the show at 10pm US Eastern!

Have a great weekend!

ebuch

Friday Update - December 5, 2014


"Grandma has been waiting for you to come back to the house.
She's been waiting for a while now..."
— Aryll


Sorry to keep you waiting! We hope you all had a great Smash-giving weekend wherever you are. We're back from vacation this week with some new music to grace your ears.

Music Update - Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

We were hoping to be able to release music from both of the new Smash Bros. titles this week, but we couldn't find the Wii U tracks anywhere! There are some people working on compiling all of the new tracks, but unfortunately they will have to wait until next week's update. The five new tracks from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS include Ballad of the Goddess, Dark World, Full Steam Ahead, Gerudo Valley, and the Main Theme.

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MC Gamer is back again tonight with another new episode of Hyrule Academy! It all starts at 10pm US Eastern. If you need to get caught up on previous episodes, head on over to the Hyrule Academy page!

As always, thanks for listening.

ebuch

Friday Update - November 14, 2014


"Chickens these days don't have the fighting spirit they used to!" — Cucco Keeper


A NEW MUSIC ALBUM APPROACHES

'Tis the season of turkey and Smash Bros., and this year we've got things covered! With the recent arrival of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, and the coming arrival of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we figured we'd get in the spirit of things by releasing some new music! Next week we will be adding music from the 3DS title, with the Wii U music following the next week. Stay tuned, more smash is on the way!

Music Update - Harmony of Heroes

To get us pumped up for next week, we decided we'd add a new fan album to our library, Harmony of Heroes! This album was released just last month, with over 100 tracks from various franchises represented in Smash Bros. Head over to the album's website for a download if you want to check out all 7 and a half hours of it. You may find something you enjoy!

All 11 of the Zelda tracks we've added from the album were created by artists who are appearing on Radio Hyrule for their first time. Enjoy!

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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 Mike:

How will Nintendo trademarking "Hyrule" impact this station? From what I can see this pertains to just the games and not derivative works in other media; however as a nearly constant listener I want to be assured that "Radio Hyrule" will maintain the familiar name.


So far we haven't had any issues using the name 'Radio Hyrule,' and we hope that will continue! Although we can't guarantee the circumstances won't change in the future, we can assure you that we will continue to provide the content we do for as long as we are permitted.


Stick around tonight for this week's episode of Hyrule Academy, hosted by MC Gamer! The show starts at 10pm US Eastern. Have a great weekend!

ebuch

Friday Update - November 7, 2014


"Welcome to Hyrule Castle Town. It's a peaceful, prosperous town." — Soldier


Greetings once again, listeners!

Just a short update this week, but as usual, we have more music to share with you!

Music Update - Tweex & George R. Powell

Grab a pint, put on your dancing shoes, and head on down to "The Market Pub," our first track from artist Tweex! Check out his website for more game remixes and original compositions.

Our second track for today is from veteran artist George R. Powell, titled "Battle the Terrible Fate." It's added to our library just in time to get everyone hyped for what you all know was just recently announced...(!) I don't think we need to say it.

Keep an ear out for these two new great tracks in our playlist!

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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 Matthew:

Why isn't there a jazz music tag? After all there are plenty of wonderful jazz pieces on Radio Hyrule that are hard to find because there isn't a jazz tag. Thanks!


We're adding tracks and new tags all the time! Please stop by our chatroom if you have any other suggestions. We'll be sure to keep our new jazz tag up to date!


Tonight's Hyrule Academy will begin at it's usual time, 10pm US Eastern, and will be discussing the topic of Kinstones from The Minish Cap! Have a good one.

ebuch

Friday Update - October 31, 2014


"No roughhousing on the balcony! Big ruckuses cause the chandelier to shake." — Pumm


Happy Halloween!

To show a little festiveness, we're going to be bringing back our Hyrule Fright Fest playlist for tonight only! We'll be rotating through some of the spookier tracks in our collection from 18:00 - 22:00 US Pacific time. This means that Hyrule Academy will end up right in the middle of it, but that's okay! This means that song requests will be disabled during those times. They will be turned back on once both events have completed.

Music Update - Kyle Landry

This week, we're excited to finally add some tracks from one of our favorite pianists, Kyle Landry! If you're not familiar with Kyle's work, he is an excellent video game composer and pianist with a very large YouTube channel you should check out. He has all of his music available for download on iTunes and Loudr, and sheet music for his original compositions can be purchased on his website.

Thanks for the new tracks, Kyle! They can be found rotating through our playlist starting today.

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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.

Anonymous asks us:

What are these request “tokens” and why do they cost money?


That's a good question, because we haven't yet implemented a guide to using the new request features. Here to explain the economics of song requesting and how things are changing on the site is our lead engineer, Austin Wright:

Historically, you can't request a track for some time after it's already been played or requested -- currently about 40 hours. But sometimes you might really want to hear a track regardless. If it's just a few hours old, then we'll accept bribes to play it sooner. :) Just follow the link and follow the payment directions. If you want to support us financially, then give it a try!


In short, a token will let you bypass most of the cooldown times for the tracks you want to request. Think of it like a jukebox! The 40 hour limit is in place to help reduce the likelihood of hearing the same tracks every day, which seemed to be a common complaint in the community.


Tune in tonight at 18:00 US Pacific to catch Hyrule Fright Fest, followed by Hyrule Academy, then more Hyrule Fright Fest! Have a good night!

ebuch

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