GAMEPLAY: Breath of the Wild

Oct 29, 2020

Cover art for the 2017 game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The original score was written by a team led by Manaka Kataoka.
Credit By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  On GAMEPLAY this week, we’re going to explore the innovative, spacious, and eclectic soundtrack to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a 2017 game release whose original score pays homage to themes from 30 years of series history, while taking the sound of the Zelda franchise in a fresh, new direction.

Nintendo’s team of 6 composers melded traditional Japanese instruments, Western orchestra, percussion, electronic sounds, and more to create a sound-world that brims with life and helps the player orient herself while wandering through the numerous environments of the Land of Hyrule.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

 

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance.  Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

 

 

Episode tracklist:

  1. Manaka Kataoka - Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  2. Manaka Kataoka - Battle (Field) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  3. Yasuaki Iwata - Hateno Village - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  4. Yasuaki Iwata - The Temple of Time - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  5. Yasuaki Iwata - Stables - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  6. Manaka Kataoka - Riding (Night) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  7. Hajime Wakai - Hinox Battle - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  8. Manaka Kataoka - Master Kohga Battle - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  9. Hajime Wakai - Molduga Battle - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  10.  Manaka Kataoka - Highlands - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  11.  Yasuaki Iwata - Blessing Shrine - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  12.  Manaka Kataoka - Field (Freezing Cold) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  13.  Manaka Kataoka - Wasteland - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  14.  Yasuaki Iwata - Divine Beast Vah Naboris (Dungeon) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  15.  Manaka Kataoka - Field (Day) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

  16.  Manaka Kataoka - Dark Beast Ganon Battle - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack