Fan re-orchestration group Zelda Reorchestrated just wrapped up their big magnum opus, Twilight Symphony, late last year, but I never would have thought the group would come across a very different kind of twilight just a few months later. Today the group announced that their planned release of the fan symphony remix album on iTunes fell through, and thus they won’t be able to keep the project going as a professional venture as they once hoped. They also announced that they’re disbanding and closing down – the website will go under beginning on June 12.
It’s a bittersweet end to what wound up being a pretty sweet project. You can read the final farewell from project head Eric Buchholz by clicking below.
Our mission statement has always been: “At Zelda Reorchestrated, we are committed to lush symphonic performances of the greatest songs from The Legend of Zelda™ as they would have sounded from the warm halls and intimate expression of a live philharmonic. We do not seek profit or fame. We simply love Zelda and wish to share its inspiration on all of us with all of you.”
For almost 9 years, Zelda Reorchestrated has been producing Zelda arrangements explicitly out of love for the franchise and the compositions they have to offer. However, the time has come to bring the project to a close.
Twilight Symphony, in our own humble opinion, is ZREO’s greatest achievement. It was a long time coming, and while not everything has panned out the way we wanted for the project, we have decided to set Twilight Symphony free into the wilds as a final thank you for all you’ve made possible for us to accomplish.
If you haven’t already discovered, Twilight Symphony has been available via torrent since November 2012. We understand that out of loyalty and respect, many of you have avoided this as a means of obtaining the album. We sincerely appreciate that. It was our heartfelt desire to release the album through our record label, Joypad Records, via iTunes, and other digital outlets. Unfortunately, it appears that will not be happening, so we are not opposed to you finding an alternative means through which to obtain it. Ultimately, we just want you to have it for your enjoyment.
If you would like to make a donation as a show of support for our efforts, any contribution would be greatly appreciated, though in no way expected or required.
On behalf of the team, I would like to express the deepest gratitude for all of the incredible support the community has provided us over the years. We don’t see this as an end, but rather a new beginning as we follow our own paths and focus on our own careers. We will still be creating plenty of music, including arrangements from other games, as well as original compositions, and we invite you to follow us as we pave new roads. There are sure to be some overlapping interests.
As for the ZREO website, it will remain online until June 12, 2013 so you have some time to say goodbye. After that time, it will go dark indefinitely. No official attempts will be made for its revival. Our legend will survive on the wind’s breath.
Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you further down the road!
We wish the members of ZREO all the best for the future, and look forward to seeing what other gaming-related projects they’ll bring to the forefront!