Outset and Windfall Islands are my two favorite locations in The Wind Waker, and while I just adore the overall cheery nature of each place, I’d be lying if I said that the music wasn’t a huge part of it as well. Both have catchy melodies that reminisce Ocarina of Time and put a bouncing beat to each.
YouTuber ClefferNotes has orchestrated both of these pieces in two different lighthearted pieces, though they merge so well into each other when listened to back-to-back that I couldn’t separate the two.
Let’s start with the “Outset Island Theme”. This one, though sounding quite similar to the theme from the source game, takes advantage of the strings and horns and gives this tune a majestic sound. It makes it sound grander, making me think back to exploring the island for the first time. With games like Breath of the Wild out now, Outset Island seems extremely small, but I remember keeping myself occupied in that place for hours and hearing this orchestration makes me relive those happy moments.
“Windfall Island” is the one that differs more from its original counterpart. To me, it sounds like ClefferNotes took inspiration from the “Outset Island Theme” and incorporated it with the “Windfall” melody — and let me tell you, it absolutely works! The similar baselines have me bobbing my head along just the same. The use of the pizzicato strings and woodwinds give this tune such a cheery demeanor. It’s hard not to listen to this one without a smile on my face.
Both tunes bring a feeling of nostalgia to me, and to hear them both beautifully re-imagined like this gives me such joy. I’m so happy I stumbled upon these tracks in my search for Zelda music and even more so that I am able to share them.