Artist of the Week: Muse

MUSE_BandSo, it’s been an age since I did an “Artist of the Week,” and honestly this post is completely out of the blue. I did not intend to be making such a post right now.

BUT…

As I am sure many of you are already aware–I tend to be behind in, well, a lot of things culturally speaking–Muse is an amazing band. I mean, like, wow. I’d listened to a couple of their songs before and liked them. But tonight, something compelled me to listen to a whole brand new list of ’em, and wow. They are quite possibly my new favorite band. The variety and talent is brilliant. Like, I am listening to this one song, “Sunburn,” right now–that piano is killer!! They do a lot of different styles, incorporate a lot of different instruments, even some choral stuff–what’s not to love, right? Plus, what the hell, Matthew Bellamy–THAT VOICE.

Anyway. So I’m also gonna turn this into one of my playlist posts consisting of all the songs I’ve really fallen in love with thus far. Enjoy–off to find some more great songs in the meanwhile!!

The “Me” Playlist

authorHullo, dear readers.

Well, it’s been a while since I did a playlist, so I decided to post this. Usually, I am in the habit of coming up with playlists for my characters and their feelings, relationships, etc.

However, in recent light of dealing with various emotions and conflicts in my own life, I decided to take some time to reflect upon those feelings, reflect on self. Thus, I would like to call this the “Me” playlist. This is the playlist I would have right now if I was a character in one of my own books.

Happy listening!!

Majora’s Mask “Perfect” Playlist (Parts 1 and 2)

I would also like to share the “perfect” playlist I compiled for Majora’s Mask. Parts 1 and 2 are both included here.

Thanks for listening! May you be just as inspired as I have by these songs filled with fantasy, adventure, magic, and a lot of heart.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here are links to the artists who created all of these beautiful arrangements:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 3 of 3)

Last but certainly not least, here is the grand finale to my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist:

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Once more, many thanks to the brilliant musicians who made this playlist possible:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 2 of 3)

Here is Part Two of my Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist:

Again, a special thanks to the artists whose songs make this awesome playlist possible:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophanyzelda5

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated or ZREOzelda4

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan zelda6

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 1 of 3)


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I love instrumental music, in particular anything orchestral–and especially soundtracks that carry me inside favorite stories and remind me of all the things I love to feel and see and experience while inside those stories.

Over the past few months, I have quite quickly accumulated a collection of arrangements of songs from two of my favorite video games of all time: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. These games, as well as those that followed in the series, have provided great inspiration to my writing, particularly in my younger years. It is through this series I developed a love of exploring vast fantasy worlds with unique, diverse races and quirky characters.

Thus, in my recent boredom combined with my recent explosive creativity, I decided to finally compile these songs into two coherent soundtracks and share the songs with you. None of these songs are of my own creation; the original composer is Koji Kondo of course, but I found arrangements of many of the games’ songs on either Youtube or Newgrounds from various artists who are masters at coming up with some of the most beautiful arrangements and groovy remixes.

I am going to separate this playlist into three posts, just as I separated the songs onto three CDs. The first disc I made ends as Link pulls out the Master Sword, Ganondorf arrives–and then Link is sealed inside the Sacred Realm. It is quite a dramatic moment to end Part One on, and the timing worked out perfectly! Disc two will begin with Link as an adult, and Disc Three will begin once he is ready to return to the Temple of Time, meet Zelda, and fight Ganondorf to save Hyrule.

I’d like to thank the following artists whose songs feature on my playlists; if I have left out your name or given any misinformation about which songs are yours, please feel free to send a message correcting me!

Artists whose songs feature in this massive playlist include:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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On that note–no pun intended–let the listening begin!

Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist, Part 1: