Fire Temple (Theme)
"Fire Temple" is the 35th track in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack.
Because of Nintendo's policy against references to real-world religions at the time, there are two distinct versions of "Fire Temple" present in Ocarina of Time. In versions 1.0 and 1.1 of Ocarina of Time, "Fire Temple" sampled the 76th track of the commercial sample CD Voice Spectral: Volume 1 by Best Service. The theme samples three excerpts of speech from this track, including recordings of the Basmala, بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ (In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful), the Ikhlas قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One"), and the Takbir, ٱللَّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ (God is great).
According to Greg Hamilton, a representative of Nintendo of America Inc., these samples were used by Koji Kondo without any knowledge of their Islamic references. Upon being informed of the religious connotations of the samples, Kondo revised "Fire Temple" to include synthesized choirs in place of the lyrics in accordance with Nintendo's policy to avoid references to religion. The revised theme is present in versions since PAL 1.0, including ports, and remakes of Ocarina of Time, which were made publicly available after the game's initial release. Despite this, all of the game's later versions still retain one sample from this track that can be heard in the Shadow Temple's theme, though it sounds different there due to being heavily pitched down.
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- Koji Kondo. "Fire Temple" The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack, Nintendo of America, 2011. CD
- Clyde Mandelin, Game Localization and Nintendo of America’s Content Policies in the 1990s (NSFW) « Legends of Localization, Legends of Localization, published September 10, 2018, retrieved September 19, 2020.
- GameTrailers, Pop Fiction: Season 1: Episode 9: The Fire Temple Chants [Update 2], YouTube (Video), published September 27, 2013, retrieved June 8, 2019.
- "I ran into a couple of samples that Koji Kondo had used in The Legend of Zelda series.
These are musical SFX or ambience that composers use to set the atmosphere of the scene. He is still behind all of his scoring.
These are Royalty Free Loops." — peronmls, Samples that Koji Kondo used for scoring, Zelda Universe, published November 11, 2012, retrieved June 8, 2019.
- "In regard to your question, the background sound effects originally used in the Fire Temple section of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were originally chosen from a library of commercially available musical and sound effect programs. Our game developers did not know that the sounds used in the game had Islamic references. Once we were informed that there were Islamic musical references in this section of the game, the music was removed from all subsequent production runs of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time." — Greg Hamilton, Pop Fiction: Season 1: Episode 9: The Fire Temple Chants [Update 2], YouTube (Video), published September 27, 2013, retrieved June 8, 2019.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - The Cutting Room Floor
- "The original release of Ocarina of Time did have choir music in the Fire Temple, but it was removed from later versions. The mysterious Fire Temple choir music resembled a holy Muslim chant. And while, of course, the game's creators didn't intend for that to happen, it was similar enough that Nintendo changed the music." (Nintendo Power, September 2001, pg. 11)
- Nintendo. "61. Fire Temple 「炎の神殿」" The Legend of Zelda: Original Sound Track, Pony Canyon, 1998. CD