Zelda Reorchestrated (ZREO) is a musical project that originated in October 2004. It was created by FireGS. ZREO's goal is to transcribe and reorchestrate every song in The Legend of Zelda video game series using digital sequencer synthesizers. The projecct has created some controversy with fans, for not using a real orchestra. However, the project has garnered so much attention that a strong and very loyal fan-base has originated.
ZREO has experienced quite a bit of change during its short lifespan. It can be separated into four distinct phases.
(Oct 2004 – Dec 2004) Zelda Reorchestrated was first established under the domain http://www.zreo.tk in October 2004. It was here where ZREO first began its goal of reorchestrating the complete soundtrack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
(Dec 2004 – May 2005) The next step was obtaining an independent domain name without the troubles of the free .tk service. In December 2004, zreo.net was born. It was the same site, but different (and more flexible) domain. It was here when FireGS revealed that he intended on reorchestrating the music from every Zelda game.
(April 2005 – December 2005) In April 2005, FireGS wanted to achieve a much larger goal than simply reorchestrating music. He wanted to provide a more general service to the Zelda community. Zelda Music and Media (also known as ZeldaMusic, ZM, or ZM.org) was born under the domain http://www.zeldamusic.org. ZREO continued producing music, but along with that came new community forums, an online radio station (WZMR), and general information about Zelda music! The site came to a close due to financial barriers.
(December 2006 – Current) Throughout 2006, HTLOZ II preserved the work of ZREO during its absence. ZREO now presides under the domain http://www.zreomusic.com. It's primary focus is reorchestrating the music from The Legend of Zelda games, re-establishing the community forums, and providing a vehicle for budding artists to present their work to the world!
World Zelda Music Radio (June 2005 - September 2005) One of the most unique aspects about the ZREO Project was an online radio station, known as World Zelda Music Radio (WZMR) where DJ's would host radio shows, interact with listeners, and air the music produced by ZREO. Often times, new songs were aired on WZMR before they were available on the site for download. The excitement of new music and interaction allowed WZMR to be one of ZREO's biggest successes.