Archive for August, 2013

On the Next Demos and Q&A #26

Posted in Q&A, Text Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2013 by mbulteau

After several months, we finally have set dates to record with the singer we wanted for Kafei for the Clock Town Choir and Quartet demos. The first half of September will be dedicated to those recordings (as the choir part has been recorded for well over a year), along with the remaining footage for the Clock Town Choir demo. The completion of that demo will then depend on the time it takes to finish resampling the old instrumental and edit the video.

As for the Majora’s Aria demo, singers are still being evaluated, and submissions are still welcome. We prefer to take the time we can to make sure we have as many entries as possible so we can choose from a wider pool.

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And now, to your questions:

Collin V.Just wondering… when you finish the opera, will you make the libretto available to the public? I love reading movie/play/opera scripts in my free time, and since Majora’s Mask is my favorite Zelda game, I’m very interested in reading this.

It’s something I would like to do, yes, at least with the score (which includes the libretto). I even considered making an annotated version.

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MaraHi Miguel, I was just wondering. I made a fan poster of sorts for your opera. How can I get it to you? I will post it soon on deviantart, but I would like for you to see it very much. (Also, do you answer all these questions yourself? Or did you take the monkey from the Deku King, and now he answers all your questions?) xD

That’s cool! :) You can e-mail it to me at mbulteau@gmail.com or just include the link in a comment here.

I do answer these questions myself, and as for the monkey, he’s right next to me sipping on a coke. He’s on a break from bursting out of closets and pointing menacingly at people.

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Chris JohnsonIs that Jesus in the background of the team photo?

We already have one Jesus, and that’s the third guy in the photo. The guy in the far back is Liam Greenough, 4th member of the team, mentioned here. From front to back, you have me, Aaron Kline, Miguel Jesus and Liam Greenough. There is another photo with better focus on Liam, and I should probably post it around here. The latest interview has a black and white photo of us (at 15:14, if your browser doesn’t like my timed link).

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Q&A #25

Posted in Q&A, Text Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by mbulteau

Crazy: I have a question. Are you considering making a musical or opera for any other Zelda games? (I think an OoT musical would be amazing!)

It’s not something that I haven’t thought about, but let’s not go crazy here. :P One thing at a time. Ocarina of Time isn’t really fit for an opera, IMO, but I think a ballet would fit it rather well. So would a cantata fit Wind Waker well.

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ChuIf you had to guess, when do you think the draft will be finished?

I honestly cannot tell about the complete draft. I’ve had things that theoretically would have been done in 4 months and took a year instead, and then I’ve had 40 minutes done in two weeks. It’s really hard to tell. An optimistic prediction for the finishing of Act III is around the end of this Fall. The keyword is optimistic.

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AWWhen the opera is finished would you allow it to be a public opening such as people getting together to perform this in public as a fundraiser or a school performance? I have sung these songs for my friends  who have all said we should perform this.

The ultimate fate of the opera is unknown for now. The ideal objective is an actual professional staging, with everything. It’s scored for a very large orchestra, choir and many soloists.

The support or permission of Nintendo is a big factor, and a good professional proposal can only happen once the first draft is completed and minimally revised. The progress bars on the right sidebar show where I currently am in the writing of the draft. No revisions have been definitive yet, as that phase can only begin once the drafts of the 3 acts + ouverture and prologue are done. The expected final length of the work is 3:30 hours.

There are no plans for an alternative fate as of now, because the focus must first be on the writing. Optimistic predictions for finishing the draft of Act III place it at the end of this Fall. This takes time, but no matter the final fate, I will finish writing and revising the full score. Even if its only fate ends up being a drawer in this room.

Monthly Round-up: July 2013

Posted in Monthly Roundup, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by mbulteau

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