News and Updates

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!

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.


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!


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.


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!


Friday Update - January 9, 2015

"You wouldn't happen to be one of Ganondorf's... followers...would you?" — Nabooru

Not much to add to this update that we didn't already cover in our State of the Station earlier this week. If you haven't read it, go check it out. Thanks for all of your feedback!

Music Update - Dreamwallow

This week, we're featuring a new electronic artist being added to our Radio Hyrule music library, Dreamwallow. He recently released a collection of remixes in an EP last month, which is available via iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and elsewhere.

This batch contains many long-time favorites, including Song of Storms, Dragon Roost Island, and Outset Island. Dreamwallow describes his music as "chillstep," which blends elements of dubstep with more relaxing elements of music (while keeping the powerful bass, of course). If you're not sure if you like the sounds of that, go on and give it a listen! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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 Lieldorf:

When will the radio hyrule gold membership start?

Probably not officially for a few months yet. We're still working on building the features that the subscription system will require. If you've made a donation to Radio Hyrule in the past, you will get early access to the new features. We'll need help testing them to make sure they work!

Same time next week.


2015 State of the Station

A new year is the perfect time for reflection. Today, we're taking a look back on our year and looking for ways we can make 2015 even better. Here are some of our plans and ideas for the coming months.

Fun with numbers

Last year, roughly 10,104,579 listener connections were made to our streams (~20 connections per minute, on average). Together, they total an estimated 584,692 hours listening to the largest collection of derivative Zelda music on the internet (with an average listening time of 3 minutes 20 seconds per connection, which would be much higher if we could take reconnections and spam into consideration). To give those numbers some perspective, here are some fun facts:

  • In 2014, we served 157,273 tracks, 105,296 of which were requested by users. That's 67% requests. (Yikes.)
  • The most requested track in our library in 2014 was Her Smile in Every Summer by Hot Freaks. It was requested 346 times.
  • 10,925 listeners registered accounts last year. While many of those are likely spam, it's still enough to form a small city made entirely of Radio Hyrule listeners.
  • Bandwidth usage from the stream alone totaled over 33,874 GB. (Just over 33 TB)
  • If you started listening to all of the hours streamed in 2014 from when you were born, you'd be 66 years old by the end of it and have heard every song in our library 6,556 times.

But enough of the numbers. Let's take a look down the road.

Radio Hyrule @ MAGFest 13

We're going to MAGFest. There'll be a party. See you there!

We're planning to show up at multiple other events later this year as well.

Completely new website coming this year

We've been saying it for years, but this time it's really happening! (No, really. It is!)

While we love our tarnished gold and adorable social media Links, it's time for some change around here. Here are some things we have in mind:

  • Updated content and navigation layout
  • Similar "nighttime" color scheme (grey/gold)
  • Full switch from drupal to our own custom content management system: Magnode
  • "Prettier" formatting for pages generated by database querying
  • Responsive layout for easier viewing on mobile devices
  • Better pop-out player

Some new site features we'd like to add:
  • 10 second track previews
  • User profile editing with avatars
  • The upvote/downvote system we mentioned some time ago

Expect to see new changes coming all throughout the year.

Subscription model

One of our biggest prides is being able to operate and maintain our radio station without resorting to advertisements as means of obtaining financial stability. (The old Nintendo ads we air on the stream are purely for enjoyment -- we're not making money from them.) We are able to thrive off the generous support of community donations and our own personal funds. It's time we start giving back to those who've supported us with their rupees.

Enter the Radio Hyrule "gold membership." (We haven't come up with a proper name.) This membership would be available on a monthly or yearly basis for a small fee, and include extra site features including: (subject to change)
  • High Quality stream (current bitrate is 192kbps)
  • Priority requests and better selection of tracks available for requesting
  • Bi-monthly goodies in the mail
  • Specialty streams (such as orchestral, dance, and metal streams)
  • Username flair
  • Monthly fee would be no more than $3/month.

We'd like to begin rolling out the subscription features as we continue to develop our new website infrastructures. Those of you who have supported Radio Hyrule through a donation will be among the first users to try out the new features, perhaps while they are still in development. We'll let you know when they're available to you.

Android App

Yes, it's coming. Soon. Sorry to keep you waiting.

Sister station: Johto Radio

Last year, we unveiled our plans to create a new station similar to Radio Hyrule, Johto Radio. It will be a Pokémon equivalent to Radio Hyrule, featuring derivative music based on Pokémon themes.

Johto Radio's website won't be made available until we've finished the new Radio Hyrule website, but we've already started building up a library of Pokémon music. If you've got a collection of tracks you'd be willing to share with us, please send us an email!

Thanks for listening!

We love doing what we do, and we can't wait to share all of the new things coming this year. Your input is valuable to us, and we're always listening to what you want as a listener. Thank you so much for your support! We'll be back on Friday with more new music.


Friday Update - January 2, 2015

"Time passes, people move. Like a river's flow, it never ends." — Shiek

We've finally made it through the holidays! It's time to get back in the swing of things. Our 2015 State of the Station address will be coming to you on Sunday, rather than today (so we don't have to miss a Friday Update!), so keep an eye out for that. As usual, we have a lot of plans for the year to come!

Music Update - Kristin Naigus & Patti Rudisill

The first music update of the new year comes to us from two extremely talented musicians, both of whom perform professionally and share their video game arrangements on YouTube. First, we have Kristin Naigus, who was recently added to our music library using her YouTube alias FieldOfReeds. And secondly is Patti Rudisill, who is making her Radio Hyrule debut today! Check out our interview with them below:

Hey Kristin and Patti, thanks for taking the time to speak with us! I've personally been a huge fan of your music covers and videos for a couple of years now. How long have each of you been playing? When did you start getting involved with YouTube and/or arranging?

Kristin Naigus: Aw, thank you so much! I've been playing oboe & English horn for 18 years, and started collecting my random assortment of woodwinds maybe 10-15 years ago. Soundtracks for movies and games have always been my favorite, so back in high school I would spend way too much time browsing for MIDIs and sequencing my own for fun in an early version of Cakewalk. All I've wanted to do from the start though was perform this music I loved, not just arrange, so eventually I upgraded my equipment and started my Youtube channel. It's been around for 3 years, but I wish I'd made the investment earlier!

Patti Rudisill: I have only been on YouTube the past year or so, but I've been making music for most of my life – I grew up in a musical family and started playing the violin when I was 6 years old. My first arrangements were string quartets of video game music, mostly stuff from Mario RPG and Ocarina of Time! At the time, no one was doing that and I always thought it would be cool to get a group together to perform and record them, or put them online. It took me a while to get there, but now I finally have my own channel to post my string quartet renditions of classic video game music.

Awesome! So it sounds like you both are interested in much more than Zelda music. What other video game music projects have you worked or performed on? Where can we find your collection of works?

Kristin Naigus: Yeah! Apart from my own channel, I've been working on an extensive set of Kingdom Hearts (my favorite game series) albums in a group called Project Destati. We release re-imagined orchestrations that span the whole KH storyline, taking inspiration from similar projects that came before us like Twilight Symphony and Pokémon Reorchestrated. In addition, last summer I contributed to Multiplayer: A Tribute to Video Games, as well as the Ocarina of Time: Music for Twenty-Five Games EP.

Let's see, I've also been lucky enough to get to perform with a couple of game music tours - namely Video Games Live and Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds. Patti and I were in the same orchestra for the latter about a year ago, and that's where we met! Getting to meet her and Nobuo Uematsu on the same day made for a very cool weekend, haha.

Finally, in the last year I've had the huge honor of getting to perform for some actual game soundtracks! I can't properly express how exciting that has been for me.

Patti Rudisill: I have actually been lucky enough to play on a number of video game soundtracks as a session player in Nashville. I recently played in the orchestra for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, which were some of my favorites so far! I have also gotten to play for some of the big touring shows a few times, like The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds. I would love to do more of that in the future - there’s nothing quite as exciting as playing video game music live for a full audience of fans!

As far as arranging and remix projects, I recently worked on a collaborative EP with Kristin for’s video series, Twenty-Five Games for My Son. The soundtrack for the video features our arrangements of music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and is available as a stand-alone album on Loudr and iTunes. I’m also currently recording a full-length album of video game music arranged for harp and strings, with harpist Paula Bressman, a frequent guest artist on my channel. The album will hopefully be available by early Spring this year! All of my video game covers are available through Loudr or my YouTube Channel.

Thanks again for your time and contributing your talents! We can't wait to hear what you both do next.

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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Once again, there will NOT be Hyrule Academy tonight, as a new season will be starting on January 30th at 10pm US Eastern! Be sure to stop back this Sunday for our 2015 State of the Station address, in which we will be outlining our goals and plans for the year! You'll be able to find it on our front page blog.

Thanks for listening!