Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS
a classical tour de force
Our Second Quest begins with string quartet, ATLYS, to produce a stunning virtuoso arrangement of Hyrule Field from The Legend of Zelda® Ocarina of Time®. ATLYS performs the iconic theme arranged by ZREO Studios’ lead composer, Ari Fisher, in a classical tour de force showcasing their talent as players while proving that four players can be as powerful as an entire orchestra.
“Video game music deepened my devotion and love of music. Ocarina of Time was my introduction to the Legend of Zelda universe. I loved the music instantly,” from the arranger, Ari Fisher. “Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS was a special piece to me. It was originally a virtuoso arrangement for two violins, producers Samuel Ferrara and Jeron Moore encouraged me to expand this piece for a fuller string section while remaining true to the original vision of Koji Kondo’s orchestral version. ATLYS is the only group I’ve met that truly understands my music; an ensemble of friends that I trust musically and professionally. This piece is dedicated to ATLYS for their inspiration and loyal friendship.”
“The energy and spirit of this music have captured generations, and to play it in such pure form as a string quartet is nothing short of exhilarating,” says Sabrina Tabby, violinist of ATLYS. “It is so vividly apparent how much heart Ari and Sam have poured into this project and makes it effortless for us to do the same. This is just the beginning!”
A recurring location in the Legend of Zelda series, Hyrule Field is a large, open field situated in the middle of Hyrule in the games it appears in. Most other regions of Hyrule can be accessed from Hyrule Field. The musical passages of the Hyrule Field theme in Ocarina of Time are randomized during gameplay, depending on the main character Link’s movements and being attacked. Whenever an enemy is nearby, the music will change to the harsher passages, and whenever Link is immobile, it will transition to the quieter passages.
Sabrina developed a fondness for chamber music at a very young age, playing regularly with her twin sister. When not performing, practicing, or teaching, Sabrina’s favorite activity is concocting (and devouring) delicious plant-based creations in the kitchen.
Jinty is known for her passionate performances, and fiery improvisations. When she’s not performing with ATLYS, you can find her teaching her students in Chicago, working on her solo Instagram project, @jintshred, or searching for her new favorite brewery.
Rita is currently living as an active orchestral and studio violist in Los Angeles. Outside of teaching and performing, you can find Rita on her yoga mat, strolling through farmer’s markets or wandering around with her camera to practice her hobby and love for street photography.
Gen picked up the cello after being inspired by her twin sister’s violin lessons at the age of eight. In addition to her work with ATLYS, she freelances around the Chicagoland area and teaches for many music institutions including the Ravinia Festival’s El Sistema program.
Ari Barack Fisher
Ari Fisher, Co-Founder, Chief Music Director completed the Certificate Program at the Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France, and received his Master’s degree in music composition from the Jacobs School of Music.
Samuel Ferrara, Co-Founder, and CEO is a musician, virtual instrument programmer, editor, mix engineer, and producer. His professional career has covered music, sound, photography, and videography. In 2004, he created the original ZREO project.
Jeron Moore, Co-Founder, CCO is the producer and showrunner for The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses world tour in 2012. He has produced over 12 albums for award-winning composer Jeremy Soule.
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behind the scenes
a bit of magic
that adds a sense of space
Hyrule Field feat. ATLYS was created during the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when various lock-downs and social isolations were in effect. Due to this limitation, musicians all over the world began “remote recording” from home with professional recording equipment. The necessity of working from home has allowed our team to partner with musicians from all corners of the globe to help produce these arrangements while at the same time supporting working musicians during difficult times.
There are many challenges of recording remotely – musicians are not able to play together, and more importantly, most musicians don’t have concert halls or scoring stages available to them. They usually have a room in their homes to record, which tends to be nearly completely dry.
The string quartet we worked with are top-notch players with excellent recording equipment, and that helps greatly, but it’s no substitute for a real concert hall.
This is where VSL’s MIR Pro saves the day. MIR Pro enables audio engineers to place very dry recordings of live musicians in a real space with real stage placement using complex convolution systems.
It’s that bit of magic that adds the sense of space in a room that is missing during these times of remote recording. Engineers can put players right back into the halls they deserve to be playing inside.
Check out the video we made demonstrating MIR Pro and Hyrule Field below.
A big thanks and shout out to the team at VSL for their wonderful software, sound libraries, and support for this project.