This analysis of Zelda: Breath of the Wildâs music is super interesting
April 01, 20191 min read
I've said time and time again that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still on our minds two years later (and a year later when I brought it up countlessly in 2018), and the fact remains that it's still worth talking aboutand dissecting after all this time. Even if you hate it, you gotta respect its hustle.
Today we're looking at the impact the game's music has on our enjoyment of the game, specifically as it relates to exploring the open world. This analysis comes by way of Queen's University Dan School of Drama & Music in Kingston Ontario (Canada). The gist is that music can influence how we perceive time, based on a principle from film theoretician Jean Mitry called the "dialect of time." The video posits that video games exacerbate this concept due to direct control, with Zelda: Breath of the Wild showcased as one of the prime examples of the dialect of time. Sonic's "hurry up!" music is another perfect example of how a score can create urgency or otherwise alter your playstyle.
Clocking in at just under 10 minutes it's not a massive time sink, and if you still play Breath of the Wildor are remotely interested in music theory it's worth a watch.