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Demo #3 – Pamela’s Arietta (Audio Makeover)

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2014 by mbulteau

YES I KNOW SHE’S NOT AN OPERA SINGER

I still have no personal preference for child singers, but I have come to the conclusion that Pamela might have to be the exception to the operatic voice rule, even in the stage version. After some testing, there is no way to make her a convincing child character otherwise. The singer here is not a child, but played the part perfectly for the demo.

Assuming a staging, in the event that no children fit the part, Pamela might end up becoming a strange childish young woman (probably played by a soubrette), which is actually not that out of place in the strange land of Ikana.

Rest assured, despite my personal taste, I feel it is important that Pamela remains a child, so a good child singer is definitely going to remain plan A.

Demo #8 – Majora’s Aria

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by mbulteau

This footage was taken in July 2012. Took us long enough.

Big big thanks to Allegra Durante and Inês Quaresma.

Also, special thanks to Sofia Galvão, Billy, Mom0ki, Natasha Silvestre, Princess Rizu, Rachel Hillman, Siomara Zendejas, and Verónica Fragoso.

Demo # 2 – Sakon’s Arietta (Audio Makeover)

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by mbulteau

Many thanks to Åke and Viktor Zetterström.

Demo # 7 – Clock Town Choir & Kafei’s Recitativo

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by mbulteau

Finally.

This was supposed to be the very first demo.

It was also supposed to come out in January 2012.

Happy New Year!

I’m seeing clocks and towns everywhere now.

Posted in Text Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by mbulteau

I'm seeing clocks and towns everywhere now.

It’s good to work on something for too long. You get so fed up, you notice what’s wrong with it better.

Indeed It Didn’t

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by mbulteau

This is why we’re late.

Clock Town Backdrop

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by mbulteau

Clock Town

O hai.

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).

Demo #6: Giant’s Aria

Posted in Media Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2012 by mbulteau

Best viewed in full screen.

After being released by accident due to Kafei’s meddling in the swamps, the giant tells the story of his fellows and why Skull Kid is the way he is.

This is a demo of a projection that would happen on a stage’s big screen, with the giant’s life-size arrival and the imagery of the story he tells.

Animation by the talented Aaron Kline.

Many, many special thanks to Mr. Donald Frank. :)

EDIT: Old video no longer available. Makeover here.

PUSHSTART Magazine and Q&A #20

Posted in Q&A, Text Updates, Updates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by mbulteau

Although this will only interest the Portuguese speakers, due to the obvious language barrier, it is nevertheless important to mention another interview by Portuguese online video game magazine PUSHSTART.

Thank you very much, Luís!

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We’re slowly emerging from the wasteland of activity that August was. The animation for the Giant’s Aria is proceeding slowly but steadily, much like a Giant, really.

Personal stuff stood in the way of my intended development, so I wasn’t able to advance as much as I expected. As if that’s new.

If I’m correct, the next days will vary between scarce updates and the eventual release of the Giant’s Aria as demo #6.

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Now it’s time for a Q&A:

Technotheif: A question for your Q&A: Will we see the Postman write the letter to himself? I feel that is a powerful and valuable scene that can stand alone, and the postman is already introduced.

Most definitely! I love that scene. It crept me out so much when I was little, yet I only understood the underlying neurosis years later. OCD at its darkest. The last day will have some snippets of the insanity that sweeps through the few that remain in Clock Town.

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Commander Majora: Will there be some way to incorporate time into the final stage product? When i imagine the on stage product, i think that above the stage there would be a clock. I’m just wondering if that will be important?

Time is definitely important, but it moves rather irregularly in the narrative. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. My approach to time is that, besides each act being a day, you can hear the Clock Tower’s bell announcing nightfall and sunrise. So each act is divided into day and night as well, but unlike the division into acts, this day/night division isn’t proportional. It instead depends on the flow of the narrative.

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kram1032: Heh, I figured almost every stage work has optional stuff but the way you wrote about difficult staging and stuff felt like you’re concerned to make it work on pretty much any stage. – The whole thing. “Director’s Cut”, so to speak. Most likely, after a while it will be reinterpreted anyway, right? At least that’s what seems to be the fate of most staging works out there
(Though what do I really know. I’m not exactly an expert on operas).

Everything gets reinterpreted. As long as I get a last say in terms of control, I’m fine with that. Improvements are infinite.

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Conman21100: I assume you will be using the Clocktown theme for the “Clocktown choir” in Act I (I believe you had mentioned that at one point), but I’m curious if you will be using all three variants of the Clocktown theme (a.k.a.-the Day 1 theme, the Day 2 theme, and the Day 3 theme) throughout the opera. Will each act have a scene in which the people of Clocktown are shown singing (using that day’s Clocktown theme) to express how they are changing in terms of their fears about the moon falling?

In a nutshell, without much detail, yes, that’s the general idea. All three variants will be used, albeit not necessarily on the same people all the time. They will portray the emotions of the town as the moon nears, just like the original. Personally, I think it’s a brilliantly simple move by Kondo that shouldn’t go unused.

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PurplePeachXD: I was wondering, will Tingle be in this opera? Because unlike most people, I actually really like this character and I would find it so awesome if he would make an appearance! =D

I can’t remember if I said this already, but since the Clock Town choir is its inhabitants, he will appear as part of it. He has no purpose in the story as a standalone character. Also, I exceptionally chose to use Purlo’s clothes for Tingle, because DAMN.

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EponaHat: I realise you’ve answered many, many questions about Romani and Cremia, but I’m curious: have you considered including them in the ending where everyone takes shelter in the ranch (although I guess you may not be able to considering Anju stays in Clocktown)?

I love questions that answer themselves.