ReMix: Golden Sun "Sol Sanctum Guitar" 2:59

By EgM

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Elemental Stars"

Primary Game: Golden Sun (Nintendo, 2001, GBA), music by Motoi Sakuraba

Posted 2005-02-20, evaluated by the judges panel


Long time no see - EgM's not sent us anything in awhile, but breaks that spell with the first of two Gameboy Advance mixes being posted tonight, his being an intuitively - okay, fairly unimaginatively - titled ReMix of the Sol Sanctum theme from Golden Sun. While he may not have put a lot of effort into naming his creation, he did put it into the music, as this guitar-driven meditation on the original features polished electric and acoustic guitar performances and a lovely violin to boot, in addition to using dynamics and changing intensity to its favor. There's also piano, which is present here and there but used largely to end the just-under-three-minute mix on a more somber, softer note, as well as drums that do a good job of getting out of the way when needed but upping the punch during the ballsier bits. Larry says:

"The performance was per Eric's usual quality offerings, and this time I had no problems on the arrangement front. Though still a conservative take on the material, the arrangement expanded upon the sounds of the original and provided adequate variation in the composition and instrumentation. The mix actually seems to go by faster than 3 minutes as you casually listen. Good job on this straightforward relaxation piece."

And Mr. Nowshky gives Eric the nod as well:

"First thing I notice is a very solid guitar tone. There's decent playing, and a good use of dynamics. No, there's a great use of dynamics. It's refreshing to hear someone use intensity as a musical tool and not just an excuse to be loud. "

Classic EgM, but with an updated, more intimate and professional sound, and a bit less conservative arrangement than we've heard in the past. Great work, and an excellent first mix from the popular Golden Sun RPG.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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dANGER boy
on 2010-04-16 21:47:14

Excellent work. So sad to see that there aren't more remixes for this game. Keep it up! Hopefully we'll see something from you again on GS!

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avaris
on 2009-12-22 11:22:35

Really love EGM's laid back simple tunes. Very emotional and well put together. Been on my playlist for years! Thanks dude!

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OA
on 2009-12-22 10:37:39

great intro- I wasn't a fan of the exposed lead tone, but once the drums and bass came in it worked well. Good transitions and a nice instrumental pallate make this a good track to keep on repeat. The piano is nice, and though the violin is a little bit brittle, the rest of the track makes up for it.

Nice and chill stuff.

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42
on 2009-03-06 16:07:35

This mix is heavy, mellow yet purposeful, contemplative, very oceanic i.e. deep, solemn, with a subtle yet noticeable ebb and flow.

There's nothing that really that's flashy or jumps out at me in this mix, but that's fine; it works great by being subtle. Perfect rainy day music.

Ultimately, I like it and think it's good and worth downloading.

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DragonAvenger
on 2009-02-01 22:31:50

The entire mix seems quiet to me. I would have liked everything up a notch or two. Choice of instruments is great; guitar, violin, and piano are always a good combination, especially for the more emotional settings like this one. I like the melody for this one, but I honestly can’t place it. I’ll have to go back to the source.

I’m a sucker for harmony, and 2:10 is great to me. Easily my favorite part of the entire piece.

Nice work.

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EgM
on 2008-12-03 17:02:13

you calling me a conservative?? Why you..

:D

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Dhsu
on 2008-11-10 19:32:43

Ha, ditto on the video (sans putting it on my iPod since I don't have one :( ). Truly a man of many talents!

Anyway, EgM's stuff is always on the conservative side, but I think the source is served well in this arrangement. The slower pace gives it an almost meditative quality...it actually reminds me of Schala's theme in some aspects. Love the contrast between the electric guitar and acoustic sections.

The length didn't bother me significantly, but I can't say I wouldn't have appreciated more. :)

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Hale-Bopp
on 2007-03-13 21:51:42

Whoa, kick ass video!

I gotta tell ya, I have much love for this arrangement/performance. haha, and I love the ending to the video. Perfect. I'm putting this video on my ipod.

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EgM
on 2007-03-13 21:22:34

Thanks for all the comments :)

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=4422990780094911140

Video of myself playing that mix :D

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DJDarkmaster
on 2006-05-12 13:49:59

simply put, this remix is awesome.

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Midgar
on 2006-05-11 22:20:46

I agree, this song was great because of it's strong background echos, and a forest remix would be awesome. EGM also did acoustic fireworks for final fantasy vii

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DENIS_48
on 2006-05-11 18:15:20

These games (the 2 GS) have several awesome melodies, which could sound terrifical if remixed :)

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Triad Orion
on 2006-05-02 14:10:23
We need more GS remixes :wink:

I fully endorse this statement. This mix was awesome, and I think the OC Remix community could really do this game justice.

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DENIS_48
on 2006-05-02 06:11:22

We need more GS remixes :wink:

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Eclipse_Wargod
on 2005-10-22 03:33:15

I liked it... it was a little off but i think that it works..

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Golden Sun (Nintendo, 2001, GBA)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
Songs:
"The Elemental Stars"

Tags (5)


Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Strings
Additional:

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Golden_Sun_Sol_Sanctum_Guitar_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,386,461 bytes
MD5:
949098b25a9adf34bcd9123fc0262fcb
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
2:59

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