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Stone Temple Tower (Flipped)

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This was written back before the last Stone Tower Temple cover, I just haven't uploaded it until now.

This fantastic song originally by Koji Kondo.

The third in my series of re-orchestrations of the temple music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

With every temple comes its own unique difficulties, and this is no exception, but that only proves the musical genius of Koji Kondo (as well as the other person who worked on the game's music, but who I'm pretty sure wasn't responsible for the temple music). Perhaps tied with the Great Bay Temple and City in the Sky for weirdest (but most unique) Zelda dungeon music, the music of the flipped Stone Tower Temple is so topsy-turvy and surreal it feels like the music of a dream sequence. The most notable thing to point out is the wacked up reverse electronic sound. Together with the Great Bay Temple, this makes Majora's Mask the only Zelda game to have, in a sense, modern-styled music for its temples.

I always found this song to be one of the most beautiful Zelda songs out there, on par with the Tarm Ruins and a few others, so when I wrote this classical arrangement I wanted it above all to have that same dreamy, introverted, hollow feeling that made the original so memorable. I also wanted to give a feeling of being above the clouds, on the thin line between sky and outer space, where the air is so thin you can hardly breathe, and the temperature is so cold that you're freezing to death, but where there are the most breath-taking sights you could ever witness. The feeling you get in the game when you're piloting your Deku Flower propellers across the sky from platform to dark platform, with only the peach-colored heavens beneath you.

Yeah, if you couldn't tell, it's in my top five Zelda songs.

The big challenge here was the orchestration of that weird, shimmering electronic track that comes out of nowhere now and again in the music. I went painstakingly beat-by-beat through the electronic track trying to figure out what note was what, but because it's an electronic track it actually goes through some notes that you can't normally play, at speeds not normally possible. My interpretation of it is therefore rough, but I tried to embellish it enough so that it gives as same a feel as possible without going outside the capabilities of the instruments (well...I think I definitely pushed the harp part here, but I doubt a harpist is actually going to play this, so...).

I'm very happy with the result, as well as the re-orchestration in general. Allusions to the added motifs of being in the stratosphere (or exosphere, if you'd prefer) were later written into my re-orchestration of the regular Stone Tower Temple, so having listened to this why not check out the other and see if you can catch them?

Here's the instrumentation for this song:
1 Alto Flute
1 Bass Flute
1 Oboe
1 English Horn (Cor Anglais)
1 Bb Bass Clarinet
1 Snare Drum
1 Tam-Tam
1 Set of Temple Blocks
1 Set of Bongos
2 Conga Drums
1 Tambourine
1 Mark Tree/Wind Chimes (I'm not really sure)
1 Zither
1 Glockenspiel
1 Harp
1 Grand Piano
1 Mandolin
1 Accordion
1 Solo Cello
2 Violin Sections
1 Viola Section
1 Cello Section
1 Contrabass Section

If you have any feelings, any feelings at all, pertaining to this piece, feel free to share them with me. Any and all comments are greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I do, and be sure to contribute if you can to the master composer who came up with this song in the first place.

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This cover is just as awesome as your cover of the normal Stone Tower Temple. Great job!


I can totally see ur covers of the temple theme music in like a remake of mm. Its so awsome I mean like if they did redo the game to Twilight Princess graphics it would fit perfect. Keep up the Great Work!

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Dec 29, 2011
2:11 PM EST
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