Hyrule Highlands II
music from tim de man
Tim de Man and ZREO: Second Quest are pleased to present Hyrule Highlands II – Music from Tim de Man – A Zelda tribute album styled in Folk and Celtic arrangements from the mind of Tim de Man. It’s a sequel to his Hyrule Highlands I (2020) album and sports the same Celtic and folk flare with studio-level care. We’ve worked directly with Tim to create each track from the ground up.
Instruments like whistles, accordion, guitars, mandolins, and dulcimer feature in this Western European folk themed journey.
This album is full of life and character. Tim uses live-performed acoustic instrumentation that allows the music to breathe, the dynamics to swirl and the rhythms to groove.
Hyrule Highlands II – Music from Tim de Man features music from across the Legend of Zelda® franchise.
Titles include Ocarina of Time®, Majora’s Mask®, The Wind Waker®, A Link Between Worlds®, Twilight Princess®, Skyward Sword®, and Breath of the Wild®.
from de Man himself
I’ve been fascinated by how much soul is in this video game series since I saw Ocarina of Time when I briefly played it back in 1998.
The best way for me to partake in Zelda’s mystery has been through its soundtracks – game music has been the center of my musical connection from early on.
Freeing the classic games’ music from their technical constraints through live performance is a joy, and the ultimate expression of that so far is Hyrule Highlands II.
As a pianist, my options for bringing out this expressiveness are limited, and I didn’t want to resort to too much MIDI trickery, so during the making of the original HYRULE HIGHLANDS I taught myself the basics of instrumentation that I thought would fit the Zelda aesthetic particularly well: Western European folk.
It allows for a cohesive and versatile sound, and is in the scope for a single musician to grasp, so I started learning whistle, folk guitar, and bass guitar and improved my accordion and drumming skills to realize my vision.
The original HYRULE HIGHLANDS I was entirely a solo effort: I wanted to do everything as a challenge to myself – arrangement, performance, recording, mixing, visual design, you name it.
The result was an album that I’m very proud of, but which was limited by what I could reasonably expect to do on my own.
When Sam from ZREO reached out to me and showed me what awesome work they were doing, I was hoping that we could work together on giving the follow-up an extra boost in quality. ZREO did not disappoint, and combined with some fantastic art by Giz, Hyrule Highlands II is all that I’d hoped for.
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