The Legend of Zelda series is well known for having an amazing soundtrack. With Skyward Sword, the composers got their first opportunity to use orchestral recordings for the game soundtrack itself and this makes a huge impact in the quality of the game. One of the stand-out themes from the game was the theme from the Lanayru Desert.
The Lanayru Desert actually featured two different themes, one for the present Lanayru Desert and one for the past Lanayru Mining Facility. Without giving too much away, in the game Link gets to experience both a lush green environment populated by mechanical robots and an arid, harsh desert filled with danger and hardships. The dichotomy of the environment gave the composers an opportunity to produce a powerful soundtrack that is complex, layered and very memorable.
The track featured on today’s Music Monday is the theme for the “present day” Lanayru Desert. Have a listen below.
The Lanayru Desert (present) soundtrack evokes feelings of calmness, wanderlust and progression. It features soothing woodwinds, maracas, chimes, and tablas that give the soundtrack a very Middle Eastern and South Asian ambience. This marks a contrast between the mechanistic and industrial Lanayru Mining Facility past theme, which features a much higher tempo and feels a lot more ominous.
The Lanayru Desert theme was composed by Skyward Sword composers Hajime Wakai, Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota and Takeshi Hama. Hajime Wakai has composed some of the most memorable themes from Star Fox to F-Zero X and was lead composer for Nintendo Land. Shiho Fujii also worked on many of the scores for the background music in Skyward Sword and played a significant role in the creation of the deep and atmospheric themes.