ReMix: Golden Sun: The Lost Age "At the End of the Road" 4:38

By Bluelighter

Arranging the music of one song...

"Lemuria"

Primary Game: Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Nintendo, 2002, GBA), music by Motoi Sakuraba

Posted 2020-08-31, evaluated by the judges panel


From Golden Sun: A World Reignited comes this dynamic, passionate solo piano arrangement, arranged & performed by Bluelighter (Guillaume Saumande):

"Here is my second contribution for the album project. This track is a piano arrangement of Lemuria. The original song was peaceful and nostalgic; this kind of arrangement would be appropriate, IMO.

The arrangement alternates soft parts and parts with rhythm accentuated. I wanted in each part to respect the nostalgic characteristic of the original song.

I was melancholic myself when I made this arrangement. This track was perfect to work on. :d"

Breakdown:

Original:

  • 0'00-0'15: Melodic Line (ML) 1A
  • 0'15-0'26: ML1B
  • 0'26-0'50: repeated
  • 0'51-1'15: ML2

Arrangement:

  • (in B flat minor)
  • intro: ML1A: soft
  • 0'36: ML1A: soft with arpeggios
  • 0'58: ML1B: soft with arpeggios (G minor)
  • 1'15: ML1B: rhythm marked
  • 1'28: ML1A: rhythm marked (B flat minor)
  • 1'55: ML1A: soft, crystalinne sounds
  • 2'20: ML1A: soft, in a major variation
  • 2'43: ML2: rhythm marked (F minor)
  • 2'53: ML2: arpeggios, culminating point of the piece (B flat minor)
  • 3'30: ML2: soft with arpeggios
  • 3'51: ML1A: soft, crystalinne sounds

Plenty to be melancholic about these days; do hope Guillaume is feeling comparatively upbeat, now. This is a powerful arrangement, with a metric ton of dynamic contrast - the quiet bits are delicate & emotive, but there's impact & force aplenty when things get louder. The provided arrangement breakdown was super-helpful, since there's a lot to unpack - Rexy writes:

"It took a handful of listens between then and this point, but ultimately I saw a handful of smart ideas. Breaking the A section in half was a genius way of separating characteristics, and so was experimenting with different keys, pacings, and dynamic variations. Ultimately, when I heard the melody presented like this, I felt way more confident with how it played out - and more respectable of Guillaume's crazy writing prowess.

So yes, it all checks out - a sweeping piano arrangement with an insane amount of twists on a singular theme and a robust render to boot. Let's get this on the front page!"

Highly interpretive & calculated in its diversification of the source material, while also connecting on an emotional level - good stuff. Emunator concurs:

"Just a quick cosign from me - this is a lovely dynamic arrangement, beautiful piano tone and some unexpected rhythmic shakeups to keep things interesting. I also felt that the section starting at 1:27 was ambitious but didn't quite land right, and I think Rexy's observation that it would have functioned better within the context of a fully-orchestrated arrangement is very astute, and not something I would have identified myself, though I totally agree with it.

Either way, this is a solid performance that feels just as weird as I'd expect from a Motoi Sakuraba arrangement. Let's get this posted!"

Indeed, let's; great stuff from bluelighter which added a powerhouse solo piano arrangement to the album & embraces Sakuraba's original with craft & feeling - enjoy!

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Discussion

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TSori
on 2020-08-31 23:18:24

This was one of my favorites on the album. The best descriotion I can think of for it is "full of memory"

To me it feels like a look back over a long life. It takes us through joys and sorrows, cherished memories both happy and defining. It is at once both tragic and celebratory. A touching piece describing a beautiful ending.

I was truly impressed by the amount of melodic variation bluelighter found in this source. For me, the dynamic contrast is the biggest selling point. It would have been very easy to shy away from that in the performance, but blielighter never does, and that gives this remix a lot of heart.

Beautiful arrangement and a tear-jerking performance

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Liontamer
on 2020-08-25 23:04:27

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Nintendo, 2002, GBA)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
Songs:
"Lemuria"

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Genre:
Classical, Pop
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Piano, Solo Piano
Additional:
Arrangement > Solo

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Bitrate:
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Duration:
4:38
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