'Zelda' Soundtrack Gets Dreamy Analog Synth Reboot

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Video game soundtracks are one of the most influential genres in modern electronic music. We all grew up with them, and producers were hella inspired by those 8-bit bleeps and bloops. Heck, the kids coming to light today came of age listening to even higher-grade material -- like 64-bit soundtracks.

You can hear the influence of video games throughout the sounds of big-name acts. Zedd broke through with a remix of the Zelda theme song, and he still plays it in his live sets. Now, we offer another take on Zelda's sonic world. The classic RPG Zelda: A Link to the Past is reimagined in its entirety using analog synths. It's the first in a series called "Switched on SNES" being posted to YouTube by a user of the same name.

“Switched on SNES is a series of soundtracks played on analog synthesizers and drum machines,” the producer says. “The goal of the project is to expose listeners to the musical masterpieces that have been overlooked -- mostly because of the 16-bit instrumentation.”

These soundtracks were never overlooked in our eyes. May we suggest anything from the Mario universe in the future? Listen to Switched On: Zelda – A Link To The Past below, and follow Switched on SNES for more game-inspired updates.


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