The composers of the music in Breath of the Wild created a soundtrack that I consider a subtle masterpiece. The music featured in the game tends to be more relaxing than the orchestrations we’re used to in other Nintendo titles, and this mellow and subtle approach to the soundtrack meshes well with the beautiful landscapes in the game. The scenery in Breath of the Wild reminds me of the kind of painting Bob Ross may create on his television show. When traversing lush colorful landscapes, I enjoy hearing music that brings an element of relaxation. While I love big orchestras, not every game needs huge orchestrations when they can achieve the perfect soundtrack with slow, mellow music.
While a majority of the gameplay will be spent listening to more subtle themes, the music that plays in towns and certain structures is more like traditional video game music. Most of these themes don’t stand out to me, but one exception is the music that plays in Korok Forest. There are two variations of the Korok Forest theme: one for the night, and another for the day. I love both themes for completely different reasons. The day theme is an upbeat theme that perfectly fits the vibe from the Koroks, which I could easily see being played in some type of weird Korok marching band. The night theme feels more relaxed and mellow. The music feels much slower, and listening to it makes me want to close my eyes and fall asleep.
The heart of Breath of the Wild is how the game encourages freedom in an open world, with diverse landscapes and a relaxing feel. For the music to match this feeling, the composers went with subtle game music and I am glad for this decision. The themes that play when I’m running through Hyrule really gives me that feeling of relaxation and I love games that use music to help evoke specific feelings from the player. The Legend of Zelda series has always been good at using music to do accomplish this, whether it’s the dreary music that plays in Ocarina of Time’s Shadow Temple or the upbeat music that plays when sailing across Wind Waker’s Great Sea. Breath of the Wild is simply another game in a long series that has a complete understanding of how to use music to make the player feel.
Below are some playlists from YouTube that feature various relaxing Breath of the Wild themes.