79 arrangements based on the Nintendo 64 classic.
The tribute album contains a massive 79 tracks, all inspired by the classic Nintendo 64 game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, of which the soundtrack contained variations of music from its predecessor The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
FATE: A Tribute to Majora’s Mask is split into three parts; the following descriptions are taken from the press release:
The First Day, a collection of tracks driving the anxiety and elation of the first foray into Clock Town; The Second Day, a melancholy selection representing the denial and doubt that the moon is falling into the Earth; and The Final Day, a shorter yet intense set of pieces accenting both the dread of the end and the glimmer of hope that still shines in the world’s final moments.
The Clock Town theme has been re-imagined by David Russell with “Cherry Blossoms Outside ClockTown,” starting with a piano opening section that leads into a Japanese folk-style arrangement. Brazilian ensemble Materia Brasilis’ “Nova Onda Bossa” is a reflection of the album’s eclectic mix of genres with its laid back, jazzy style. “Song of Healing – Theme & Variations” by Triforce Quartet gives a new take on the piano melodies of the original theme.
Album producers Sam and Peter Bobinski spoke about the themes and ideas of Majora’s Mask, and why in their opinion the game stood out from all the other Zelda titles:
“The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask stands out because, more than any game in the franchise, it dealt with the positive and negative issues that human beings constantly face – grief, death, the passage of time, fear, rejection, and temptation, but also friendship, reconciliation, perseverance, justice, hope, and love.
“These themes made for a unique storytelling experience,” they added. “The game’s musical direction incorporates sounds and instruments typically used in Chinese opera, and explores minimalist styles; neither typically found in Zelda soundtracks. Our favorite moments are the boss pieces and the final encounter with Majora.”
For the full tracklisting and album credits, please head over to the Materia Collective website.