Posted 2020-06-30, evaluated by Rexy

We continue our Golden Sun: A World Reignited debut mixflood with what is perhaps the best arrangement yet from Bluelighter (Guillaume Saumande), who incorporates live performances from two uber-talented collaborators on a sinister, dramatic march:

"Here is my first contribution for the album project. When TSori contacted me, I didn't know this OST. Discovering this one, I've noticed "Saturos and Menardi's Theme," sinister music with which I could do something interesting. I wanted to make an orchestra piece, different of my usual march band: sinister, disturbing, with a strong inspiration of movie soundtrack. Although this arrangement is principally based on "Saturos's Theme," it sounds like a boss theme. By the way, I've also taken some element of "Saturos Battle."

Movie soundtracks are my main inspiration on this track. I'm notably thinking about some actions scene with marking and aggressive rhythm.

Some instrument players have collaborated with me:
- Chris | Amaterasu: violin and viola
- JohnStacy: trombone and French horn

I'm really grateful for that! Their combined work gives to my orchestra piece its supplementary dimension. :)

I thank the director TSori for their invitation on this project. It was interesting and instructive to work on this track. :)"

Guillaume has done amazing arrangements with fully sequenced/sampled sounds, but DAMN if Chris & John don't elevate this piece and take it *exactly* where it needs to go - clutch performances which make the arrangement exponentially more emotive & atmospheric. I was reminded in passing of Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" which also has that devilish affect going on, and the overall experience was intense & focused. So yeah - the "supplementary dimension" here is *badass* - album director TSori writes:

"Bluelighter piqued my interest with this one when I asked him what genre he was planning on using and he said, "Sinister orchestral." I think he delivered on that plan quite well. His arrangement captures the intimidating nature of Saturos and Menardi while also giving off a sense of refinement or nobility that also works very well with the characters. This is one of only a couple ReMixes on the album that incorporates more than one source tune, and this one gets a great deal of use out of both Saturos's and Menardi's character theme as well as their battle theme. While Bluelighter did a great job here with the VSTs, his decision to include JohnStacy and Chris | Amaterasu on live performances really helps to give this ReMix more life. I really enjoy all the changes this one goes through and the chromatic percussion ending turned out to be a really nice touch that helped it blend with the other tracks on the album."

Excellent piece that leans on bluelighter's foundational march/symphonic strengths while adding fire & passion from two instrumental performers; bravo!



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on 2024-04-11 17:32:53

That intro was filled with so much tension you could cut it with a sword! This definitely has a bombastic feel with a twinge of that previously mentioned sinister element. This remix always feels like it's descending a bit into some twisted dark place, very powerful! Great job!

on 2020-06-30 23:44:26

Splendid work! The depth and complexity of this is awesome. Sinister, yes, and decidedly confrontational, yet that noble and refined twist is artistic elegance. When you consider that these two villains were going about a work that was, in one sense, the only hope of the world, but their villainous methods cast the whole business in a dark light. Well done, well done.

on 2020-06-30 02:41:48

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Golden Sun (Nintendo , 2001, GBA)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
"Battle! (Saturos and Menardi)"
"Saturos and Menardi"

Tags (12)

Brass,French Horn,Orchestral,Trombone,Viola,Violin
Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments

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