ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Into the Golden Sunset'

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Newcomer Susie Sahim, alias BogusRed (one of those multi-talented people who does both music and art - www.bogusred.net), submits this touching Zelda 3 solo piano ReMix. Initially there was some clipping in the recording but fortunately thanks to Protricity's proactive intervention we sorted that out and got a cleaner version, which is a good thing as this is an emotive arrangement that uses the full octave range very thoroughly (including some nice upper-register touches), has an attuned sense of tempo fluctuation and dynamics, and also's got a great left-hand presence on supporting chords and arpeggios. This is the credits theme, which also includes the familiar main Zelda melody, and BogusRed's taken all the motifs and melded them into a consistent presentation that transitions very naturally and from a performance perspective makes the necessary pauses and ritardando to segue gracefully. I sent this submission to the panel because the arrangement was great, but I knew the sound quality would be an issue - once that was addressed, there was a pretty clear consensus on Susie's piece. It's great that she was able to clean things up, as this is a very solid, natural Zelda piano interpretation I think many will dig.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Marmiduke
on 2011-05-14 06:20:36
There's some great, interpretive stuff happening in the background, but I was left wanting so much more from this piece. I agree that this is a theme that deserves respect, and to not start messing around with it is a way of being respectful to it, but I would have preferred some dignified alterations to the main melody, other than the decorative piano cheerleading going on behind it. It's all nice, but so is the original. The arrangement is terribly unexciting and a missed opportunity.
Furthermore, the piano sample is tinny and fails to draw the emotional potential out of the notes. A piano rendition of this theme (while this is still a very pleasant piece of work) should be much more. I just think that when you have a big canvas and a big brush, you should paint with big strokes. And this seemed far too close to the original to be considered something truly great. I do like what's here, but I LOVE the SNES version... so I feel there's something lost with the decisions made in this remix.
Liontamer
on 2010-10-08 14:28:10
Specter597;720575 wrote: I guess my question is, how is this a remix? I see that it is listed as a mix of the ending and the main theme, but the piece is pretty nearly an unmodified cover or arrangement of the song by the same title "Into the Golden Sunset" as it occurs in-game.
There are two songs that play when you defeat Gannon for the final time, "Ending and Fanfare" and "Into the Golden Sunset"

No, that would be wrong. :lol: http://www.google.com/search?&ie=UTF-8&q="Into+the+Golden+Sunset"+Zelda
The official soundtrack for A Link to the Past is here http://vgmdb.net/album/885 - Susie's arrangement arranges the staff roll portion of "Ending". It's a conservative but interpretive & personalized arrangement for piano.
Susie included a MIDI on her site, and 3 others have performed covers of her arrangement, thus why you can find other YouTube performances of "Into the Golden Sun."
Specter597
on 2010-10-08 11:43:06
This is by far my favorite music from LttP. I think when I first heard it (after 50 hours of playing ...) I wept. (Hey, I was twelve.)
I guess my question is, how is this a remix? I see that it is listed as a mix of the ending and the main theme, but the piece is pretty nearly an unmodified cover or arrangement of the song by the same title "Into the Golden Sunset" as it occurs in-game.
There are two songs that play when you defeat Gannon for the final time, "Ending and Fanfare" and "Into the Golden Sunset"
I loved the song so much that at the time I hooked my console up to a tape deck and reloaded my last save so I could manage a ghetto recording of it. I'm soo glad that BogusRed took the time to work on an arrangement of it for everyone here.
OA
on 2010-06-08 11:59:23
Very nice rendition of a very nice theme, this is the perfect length, with good transitions, and some nice ornamentation. I've spent half the morning listening to this one, and I really enjoy it. :-)
Lucentas
on 2009-06-25 15:16:37
What, have I just been purposely skipping all of the good LttP mixes on this site or something?
This is gorgeous.
Ryu2Wolf
on 2009-01-06 21:49:42
You know, I kinda wanted to hear this one remixed when I heard it on the game and you just made it so much nicer. The piano is superb! Very relaxing too.
Davos-Moon
on 2008-07-06 13:46:13
Defiantly one of my all time favorite songs from a video game. This is an fantastic remix as it sticks to the main style of the original song but still provides the listener with a peaceful but interesting mood. Awesome
Geoffrey Taucer
on 2008-04-20 10:56:25
Beautiful piece. Definitely one of my favorite piano arrangements on the site.
Top Gun
on 2007-10-11 22:32:33
I just stumbled across this track in my music folder, and I was utterly blown away. Beautiful and moving from start to finish. I have to ashamedly admit that I've yet to play LttP (/me ducks rotten fruit of indignant masses), the segue into that oh-so-familiar overworld theme was perfect. I'm a sucker for solo piano tracks; there's a simplicity and elegance to them that just can't be achieved in any other medium. This definitely ranks as one of the best I've heard. Excellent work. :)
Degree
on 2007-04-02 12:21:47
I totally disagree.
This piece is absolutely beautiful. The piano work sounds great coming out of my speakers. The arrangement is wonderful and the piano still sounds great, even after 3 years of age.
This piece is able to evoke emotions out of me that other pieces aren't able to. When this happens, I know for a fact that it is special.
3 years later and this piece is still a winner.
Definitely worth a download to add to your collection!
Susie, I wish you we're around and produced more. You have amazing potential.
You'll probably never read this, but just know that this mix will always have a place among my favorite remixes.
Much love.
KogeJoe
on 2007-02-01 17:26:05
But this arrangement SUCKS. Too amateur...
The guy probably has a bad ear, and has limited playing skills. WRONG key, WRONG chords, and TOO much goddamn ornamentation.
I've been called before on my peeve of key. "What's in a key?" Someone has asked? KEY IS EVERYTHING!!! If you can't appreciate a song in the KEY it's been written, and just say "ooh, that sounds KOO-el," it's not really saying much. It just shows what a musical bumpkin you really are. A song played out of the original key it was intended in sounds REALLY out of place. Sometimes, it sounds like it's not even the original piece at all. A song played OUT of key, sounds dumbed down; like the person was too unskilled and inexperienced to play in the original key, so he/she had to play it in a different key to make it "easier" on his fingers, and on his/her little mind that thinks the key of F# or Gb is "too hard!," when it's probably the easiest. What can be easier than playing on ALL BLACK KEYS, goddamn it??? That and Db Major are, I think my favs... A major's also really nice...
Each key has a different flavor to the ears, and this is pronunced for a pianist, who has the extra sense of touch; he/she has to modify his hands to fit the chords, so not only does it "sound" different, but FEELS different as well.
Though a GOOD piano arrangement is in order for this, one of my favorite, if not my most, from all of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
This one tries, but doesn't even come close.
Practice, practice, practice, and better luck next time.
Kozmo
on 2006-03-07 23:05:44
I am very fond of both mixes on this site by BogusRed. Her work is so emotive and flowing, and the upper-register gets me every time. I find myself caught up in the parts like 2:30, when the song is really flowing and moving. Not really any big complaints here. One of the few instances in which i just want to express myself as a big fan and say that I am most certainly looking forward to more.
satscom
on 2006-01-31 23:13:10
I havent really left any genre of music untouched. I love some music, and hate some. This track went so far as to move me. that is ALL that matters. Beautiful.. carry on
pokezel
on 2006-01-30 19:14:40
This piece is beautiful. Stunning. I'm not so crazy about sound quality, so the quality of the song hasn't bugged me. To tell you the truth, I havent noticed it since I read this topic. Moving on, this song moves me to tears. It is absolutley wonderful. Instant favorite. Thank you, BogusRed, for making such a beautiful arrangement.
lady zelda
on 2006-01-16 00:10:04
The jury is out! BogusRed is un-arguably (for lack of better grammar) a true jedi-master piano mixer of the highest order (all for lack of a better term)! The LttP credit theme is one of the most beautiful themes ever made in VGs and who better to not only do it justice, but take it not only to the next level, but beyond expectation into the stars and beyond! I mean, the main theme already has the beauty, but this mix enhances it one-hundred fold! It truly encompasses the pure atmosphere of the closing of LttP. What more can I say? I am in desperate need of somebody to give me pointers on how to find better words to describe it...but in short, I LOVE IT!!! This is definitely material for the next Zelda!