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Great Bay Temple

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Song originally by Koji Kondo

I'm currently working on a project of re-orchestrating all the temple music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and let me tell you, it's no easy feat. Not only is all the music distinctly unique as far as Zelda music goes, they all also have very complex lines that aren't easy to orchestrate, let alone find NOTES for. However, despite that challenge, the very first temple music that I worked on was that of the Great Bay Temple, perhaps the most complex Zelda dungeon music...ever. (well, the Wind Temple gets pretty close)

It's also perhaps the most unique Zelda dungeon music. It's the only background music in Zelda HISTORY with an electric guitar in it; mind you, it's strummed, but that still counts for something. It doesn't sound like the music of a temple of a fantasy world--it's the music of an ultra-modern factory, and though it's suiting for a waterworks facility like the Great Bay Temple it is greatly out-of-place among Zelda music.

For my concert arrangement of the Great Bay Temple, I had to do a bit of improvisation; the whirring sound of machinery in the temple is actually a part of the music, and a critical one too, so I had to include it somehow on actual instruments. My solution was a triple flute line: a regular flute playing triplets, an alto flute playing dotted eighth notes, and a base flute playing oscillating eighth notes. I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that Kondo wrote specific crescendos and diminuendos into the whirring part, and even more happy when I found that they followed a simple pattern every four measures.

I also used a piano instead of two guitars, because I found my electric guitar samples to be a little plucky and loud.

The instrumentation is as follows:
1 Flute
1 Alto Flute
1 Bass Flute
1 Bassoon
1 Contrabassoon
1 Set of Timpani
1 Bass Drum
1 Pair of Crash Cymbals
1 Gourd
2 Sets of Tubular Bells
1 Set of Steel Drums
1 Grand Piano
1 Harpsichord
1 Baroque Plenum Reed Organ (w/pedals)
2 Violin Sections
1 Viola Section
1 Cello Section
1 Contrabass Section

I hope you enjoy this and my other temple re-orchestrations, and please leave a comment if you have anything to say! They're all very appreciated!

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If I ever get around to making my version of MM, could I use this? :)

This is really cool, it seems as though this wood be a hard piece to make that wasn't repetitive or too close to the original but you did it. I don't know if you meant to do this, but I like the creepy vibe to it too.

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Nov 23, 2011
2:35 PM EST
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3 min 40 sec

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