Last night I went to the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concert.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a video games concert with better production value that worked to my sometimes overly awkward classical ear. This was something else! The quality of the sound was phenomenal. I couldn’t believe that the sound engineer managed to mic up the full orchestra and still get them to sound balanced with such consistency throughout the performance. Nailed it!
For those of you who didn’t manage to see the Tokyo, LA or London showing I’ll just say that the CD will be well worth the buy when it comes out. All I’m going to say about the music is the obvious: it brought up so many memories from my child(adult)hood that at times I was very moved. By far my favourite of the night was the Wind Waker Medley, so look out for it!
Another great feature of this night was the host, Zelda Williams. At most video-game concerts I’ve seen the host has usually been someone hired for their looks rather than for their knowledge about games. This girl knew her stuff!, and even admitted to being moved by the music as much as any other member of the audience there that night. She later posted on twitter that the London crowd were awesome, so well done team UK!
I must say that as a trained classical musician I’ve never ever ever seen a crowd get more behind, and emotionally involved in the music as I saw last night. So much cheering, so much applause, so much silence when the music required it! In fact, the sheer gravity of Koji Kondo himself coming out to play had the entire crowd holding their breath so as to let the master do his work. He commanded so much respect in that room that he literally could have played ‘chopsticks’ and everyone would have shut the hell up to hear it.
In closing the concert, they played us the new theme from skyward sword. Although I had the special edition ordered a while ago I almost felt like I should order another copy just to metaphorically kneel before the new heir to the throne, the king of all games series, The Legend of Zelda.
Were any of you there?