Fire Temple (Theme)
"Fire Temple" is the 35th track in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack.
Because of religious controversy and 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 "Track 76" from Voice Spectral Vol 1 by Best Service. In addition to its presence in Ocarina of Time, "Track 76" was used in the 1998 Nintendo 64 ports of Cruis'n World and the 2002 Xbox exclusive Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal. However, as "Track 76" contains various excerpts of Islamic prayer, the adaptations were widely considered insulting and resulted in multiple accounts of controversy for Muslim communities. The inclusion of "Track 76" in Kakuto Chojin received a formal protest from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, prompting Microsoft to withdraw and destroy all available copies of the game internationally.
According to Greg Hamilton, a representative of Nintendo of America Inc., "Track 76" was sampled by Koji Kondo without any knowledge of the meaning of its contents. Upon being informed of the religious connotations of the track, Kondo revised "Fire Temple" to include a MIDI synthesizer in place of the chanting in accordance with Nintendo's policy to avoid references to religion. The revised track is present in version 1.2 and all subsequent versions of Ocarina of Time, which were made publicly available after the game's initial release.
- Koji Kondo. "Fire Temple" The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Official Soundtrack, Nintendo of America, 2011. CD
- 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.
- "HOLY SHIT! Found the Zelda OoT Fire Temple Chants!
Sample Library: (Best Service) Voice Spectral Vol 1
Sample Name: Track 76
Been searching forever for this!!!" — peronmls, HCS Forum - The VGM/Others Instrument Source Thread, HCS Forum, published January 26, 2013, retrieved June 8, 2019.
- "One mistake that caused catastrophic offence was a game called Kakuto Chojin, a hand to hand fighting game. The fighting went on with rhythmic chanting in the background which in reviewing the game Mr Edwards noticed appeared to be Arabic.
"I checked with an Arabic speaker in the company who was also a Muslim about what the chant meant and it was from the Koran. He went ballistic. It was an incredible insult to Islam." He asked for the game to be withdrawn but it was issued against his advice in the United States in the belief that it would not be noticed.
Three months later, the Saudi Arabian government made a formal protest. Microsoft withdrew the game worldwide.
His investigations showed the Japanese, who had developed the game for Microsoft, had added the chant to the tape because they liked the sound of it without checking its origins. "They were chastised and corrected," he said." — Paul Brown, Microsoft pays dear for insults through ignorance, The Guardian, published August 19, 2004, 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 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) (Nintendo of America Inc.) pg. 11)