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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D OST
Catalog Number: TSCM-0029~30
Released On: October 7, 2015
Composed By: Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi, Naoto Kubo
Arranged By: Mahito Yokota, Naoto Kubo
Published By: Symphony No. 5/Tablier Communications
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Title Theme
02 - Opening
03 - Chase
04 - Cavern
05 - Majora's Theme
06 - Clock Tower
07 - Happy Mask Salesman's Theme
08 - Clock Town, First Day
09 - Fairy's Fountain
10 - Mayor's Meeting
11 - Milk Bar
12 - Guru-Guru's Song
13 - Clock Town, Second Day
14 - House
15 - Kamaro's Dance
16 - Shop
17 - Swordsman's School
18 - Get A Heart Container!
19 - Clock Town, Third Day
20 - Keaton's Quiz
21 - Shooting Gallery
22 - Rosa Sisters
23 - Mini Game
24 - Last Day
25 - Astral Observatory
26 - Zelda's Theme
27 - Ocarina "Song of Time"
28 - Ocarina "Song of Healing"
29 - Song of Healing
30 - Get The Ocarina!
31 - Get A Mask!
32 - Ocarina "Inverted Song of Time"
33 - Ocarina "Song of Double Time"
34 - Termina Field
35 - Owl
36 - Battle
37 - Game Over
38 - Open Treasure Box
39 - Item Catch
40 - Small Item Catch
41 - Southern Swamp
42 - Magic Hags' Potion Shop
43 - Woods of Mystery
44 - Boat Cruise
45 - Deku Palace
46 - Ocarina "Sonata of Awakening"
47 - Sonata of Awakening
48 - Ocarina "Song of Soaring"
49 - Song of Soaring
50 - Woodfall Rises
51 - Woodfall Temple
52 - Middle Boss Battle
53 - Southern Swamp Clears
54 - Giants' Theme
55 - Ocarina "Oath to Order"
56 - Oath to Order
57 - Gorman Track
58 - Horse Race
59 - Horse Race Goal
Total Time:
72'22"

Disc Two
01 - Mountain Village
02 - Ocarina "Goron Lullaby Intro"
03 - Goron Village
04 - Ocarina "Goron Lullaby"
05 - Goron Lullaby
06 - Snowhead Temple
07 - Boss Battle
08 - Boss Clear
09 - Snowhead Clear
10 - Goron Race
11 - Goron Race Goal
12 - Frog Song
13 - Romani Ranch
14 - Ocarina "Epona's Song"
15 - Bremen March
16 - Ghost Attack
17 - Event Clear
18 - Missed Event 1
19 - Cremia's Carriage
20 - Missed Event 2
21 - Great Bay Coast
22 - Mikau
23 - Marine Research Laboratory
24 - Pirates' Fortress
25 - Zora Hall
26 - Drums Practice
27 - Bass Practice
28 - Piano Practice
29 - Bass & Guitar Session
30 - Piano Solo
31 - Ocarina "New Wave Bossa Nova"
32 - New Wave Bossa Nova
33 - Great Bay Temple
34 - The Indigo-Go's
35 - Ballad of the Wind Fish
36 - Ikana Valley
37 - Ocarina "Song of Storms"
38 - Sharp's Curse
39 - Music Box House
40 - Ikana Castle
41 - Ocarina "Elegy of Emptiness"
42 - Elegy of Emptiness
43 - Stone Tower Temple
44 - Stone Tower Temple Upside-down
45 - Calling the Four Giants
46 - Tatl & Tael
47 - To the Moon
48 - Majora's Mask Battle
49 - Majora's Incarnate Battle
50 - Majora's Wrath Battle
51 - Moon's Destruction
52 - The Giants' Exit
53 - The End/Credits
54 - Staff Roll 2
Total Time:
78'42"

When I researched the music of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, I found many questions about whether there were any changes to the original soundtrack. Even Koji Kondo, lead composer of the original Nintendo 64 release, downplayed the differences in the new OST, saying that there was only "some rebalancing." After careful cross-referencing and listening, I need to say that the differences in the soundtracks definitely warrant more merit.

The fact that most people canít spot a disparity in the soundtracks shows that Mahito Yokota's and Naoto Kubo's remastering is just that good. The N64 OST used the best computer instruments of that time, which sound jarringly retro to contemporary ears. When I listened to the Majora's Mask OST, my first thought was, "Whoa, N64 instruments, OK," before I made any notes about the music itself. This was not my first thought when starting my play-through of Majora's Mask 3D. Instead, my initial thoughts were of the joy, nostalgia, and welcoming of familiar tunes. Yokota's and Kubo's remastering is so clean and subtle that I consistently forgot I was playing a remake of a 15-year old game.

Yokota's and Kubo's talent for remastering is most evident when comparing the Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo 3DS OSTs side by side. The instruments are of better quality, but not by too much. After all, Koji Kondo wanted "to protect the feeling of the game because the music was tied so well to the original gameplay." The most notable change in instruments is Mikau's (or Zora Link's) guitar, which now sounds less like an acoustic guitar and more believably like fish scales. The overall sound of the Nintendo 3D OST is fuller, with volumes adjusted, instruments spread out, and effects added. The result is a rich sound and a much more immersive experience.

There are no changes in score, so I won't talk too much about the songs themselves. After all, RPGFan already has two music reviews and two game reviews of Majora's Mask. But I do want to say something about the music in this game that none of these previous reviews have touched on.

Although the game's predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is named after an instrument, music has more power and plays a more meaningful role in its dark sequel. In Ocarina of Time, the ocarina songs are mainly passwords or tools for teleportation. Two songs provide methods of communication ("Saria's Song" and "Epona's Song"), and two songs cause events ("Sun's Song" and "Song of Storms"). All of the ocarina songs are practical and functional.

In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the ocarina songs hold powers that are much deeper and more emotional. One of the central ocarina songs, "Song of Healing," converts one's pain into a mask. This is one of many ethos of art: channeling emotions into creative works, especially for the sake of communication or self-expression. Majora's Mask is about art, emotions, communication, and identity.

Over the interminable three-day span, Link encounters many situations in which music saves people from grief, loss, loneliness, fear, and death. "Goron's Lullaby" soothes the lonely and distraught Goron Elder's Son. The Music Box House's "Farewell to Gibdos" drives away evil, death, and fear. "Song of Storms," written by the Composer Brother Flat, cleanses his brother Sharp of his curse. And most drastically, "Oath to Order" calls forth the world's guardians to stop the destruction of the planet. Music is a tool and a medium to block off or cleanse oneself of negativity.

Music is also a form of communication and community. "Oath to Order" not only assembles all four giants but also reunites the giants with Skull Kid. Link gathers the separated Frog Choir from the corners of the world to sing "Frog Song." The most obvious example of music as a form of communication and community is the performance of "Ballad of the Wind Fish" in the Milk Bar. Toto teaches different parts to Link's different masked forms, all bearing their culture's instruments, and together they create the haunting melody of "Ballad of the Wind Fish," which inspires Gorman to open up about his past. Music joins together people of different cultures, species, genres, and instruments.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is about the Hero of Time trying to save a world that he accidentally fell into when searching for his friend. But it's also about the power of music to better understand oneís emotions, to bring peace to people, and to bring people together. This epic's sequel is so much more than the typical romantic adventure of the typical The Legend of Zelda game. For that, I'm so glad that it was rereleased on a newer platform so that we can enjoy it again.

Reviewed by: Brigid Choi



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