The highly-regarded Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra has just released the “Banjo-Kazooie Symphony” to the delight of gamers everywhere. The album consists of orchestral interpretations of melodies heard throughout the N64 title, and features a whopping 30 tracks (including Bonus and Beta tracks, SQUEEL!) featuring over an hour of music, because there isn’t a single damn weak track in the ENTIRETY OF THE GAME. If the Synthetic Orchestra sounds familiar, that is because they did another album of orchestral pieces for Super Metroid back in March, which also has music so amazing it will make you cry.
Grant Kirkhope, Banjo-Kazooie‘s original composer, had this to say about the album (presumably with tears streaming down his face): “It never ceases to amaze me how many people still listen to the music from the Banjo games after all these years, it really is very humbling. I have to say that I’m really honoured that Blake has taken the time and effort to take those old rough sounding tunes and turn them into something that I think is fantastic… I hope you’ll all agree.”
This awesome symphony is available in MP3 format here and iTunes format here. Previews of each track, a foreword by Mr. Kirkhope himself, and more can be found at the album’s website. Check out main composer Blake Robinson’s site here and a neat little trailer below. I’m already getting misty-eyed because I hold Banjo-Kazooie in the highest of regards. Sniff, sniff, I LOVE AND MISS YOU, YOU CRAZY BEAR AND BIRD DUO!
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