ReMix: Final Fantasy VI 'Death on the Snowfield'

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Final Fantasy fans are spoiled today :) On the heels of ailsean's brilliant electric guitar mix of the snowstorm track at beginning of FF3 comes AmIEvil ACOUSTIC Guitar ReMix of the SAME track. I think this greatly shows how the same song can be ReMixed in different ways and result in two BRILLIANT, grade AAA five-star ReMixes. AmIEvil's attention to ambient effects - the snow underneath the sled - and the particular way in which the piano is muted, as well as the mixing of the acoustic guitar, is all first-rate and oh so sweet. What can I say . . . two of the BEST ReMixes on this site, possibly THE best FF ReMixes, are both of the same song, and both include actual guitars. Coincidence, or psychic phenomena? At any rate, download this or you'll perish in hell for eternity. It's that good.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Mythezza
on 2012-11-03 23:37:14
Talk about a remix that has aged well. Still one of the best of the FFVI remixes, and probably one of my favorites on the site. Captures the snowfield and the atmosphere of that game perfectly. WTB a grown-up remake, with this track in it, please.
<3
Yami
on 2012-01-16 06:16:50
Today it really snowed for the first time this winter, and the first thing I thought about this morning when I saw it, was to search this melody on my player and play it when I started to walk to work. If only my surroundings would have been more quiet, it would have been more fitting
MechaFone
on 2010-12-04 19:40:08
This mix is so haunting. Both beautiful and sorrowful. Definitely recommended.
SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-14 04:21:58
I don't know what it is, but all of AmIEviL's mixes work so well at being both interpretive but also loyal to the source. No exception here.
GSO
on 2010-10-28 13:50:08
i actually sorta based the beginning of my Terra remix off this one. great stuff :)
OA
on 2010-09-01 18:22:44
A really nice feel to this one, and though the track stays pretty close to the original as far as structure is concerned, there is a ton of personalization in the soundscape, and the guitar performance. The mix sounds really barren, but it works really well. Good stuff, and a classic source.
Ranmah2o
on 2010-05-20 17:13:13
the tune Terra's theme from FFVI has alway been my fav
i like this remix it stick to the Original tune but give it alil kick
this song make me remember first time playing FF6
it like felling in love with this song all over again
10/10 really great piece
duskvstweak
on 2009-09-13 18:26:17
Still one of my favorites. It's one of the most ambient tunes I have ever heard. Terra's theme is powerful and this just makes it all even more amazing.
Polo
on 2009-09-05 07:22:02
It sounds like an old record player that starts things off. The way the piano plays two notes ad infinitum makes it feel lost and helpless, or perhaps waiting for something to happen. Occasional booms and choir swells contrast as the deadliest and gentlest players in the mix. 1:03 and 1:53 are the only moments the acoustic guitar adds flair to its playthrough of Terra's theme, while a new synth at 1:32 acts as an interpretive countermelody.
2:22+ employs a glittery lead synth and clappy percussion to empower Opening Theme part 3, and the piano sounds free to venture into new territory instead of feeling stuck. Some swirly effects and a quote of bells (2:56) are also thrown into the pot for flavor. In the end, as if to make up for its by-the-book iteration, the guitar wraps up with an off-tempo freestyle bit before handing the last note to the piano.
Technicalities aside, this is some poetic stuff.
Emunator
on 2009-05-02 01:52:47
This is a pretty incredible song for me - I've never played Final Fantasy VI, and yet I get a nostalgic feel from this song all the same. I think that I've listened to this mix so many times (it was one of the first that I discovered on the site) that it's become nostalgic in its own respect. I can't say that for very many remixes here.
It's so simple, but the instrument samples are great and the arrangement is pure and heartfelt, it feels exactly like the remix title implies; sorrowful, somber, and cold - the pining song sung by a hero's heart as he witnesses a comrade fall in the midst of a wintry battlefield, pensive and mellow, yet transcendantly powerful at the same time.
I'm rambling here, but I think this is one of the most emotive remixes on the site, and to me, it conveys exactly what the title leads you to expect. I've never played the game this song is from, so I don't know the context it's used in, but this piece practically creates its own context simply through the music and title.
Beautiful stuff.
WillRock
on 2008-10-14 13:33:08
AmIEvil's best remix IMO.
Simply stunning.
Arwen
on 2008-08-31 12:54:30
This is one of the most visually evocative pieces on OCReMix. I can see the gently swirling snow under the grey sky. I can see the dead lying in pools of blood staining the perfect white, their shattered armor glinting dimly in the hazy, pale sun. I can see the dying clinging to their last frozen breaths, while the living crouch to hear their last words or give them the mercy stroke. I can see the victors standing solemnly, unable to celebrate the victory that came at such a high cost. I can hear the grim, metallic reality of the section that begins at 2:22. I can feel the hope (around 3:12) that comes from such devastation--the promise of better future that tragically had to be borne of fighting. I can hear the hope in the hearts of the victors that perhaps they will never have to give birth to such a future in this way again--that maybe next time, instead of a place stained with blood and broken with shattered metal, there will be merely a beautiful, undisturbed snowfield.
SoulinEther
on 2008-08-08 05:52:59
This mix is one of the most powerful mixes on this site. AmIEvil was always ahead of the curve - I feel like the quality of all the works I've heard go head to head with some of the latest mixes, and like djp has mentioned, they really have a powerful cinematic vibe about them. When I close my eyes, his music plays a movie in my head that he wants me to see.
The beauty of this track is in it's simplicity, conjuring up images of a lonely wanderer, journeying away from home, already missing all that and those he holds dear, facing the prospect of never seeing anyone again, of dying alone, of becoming one insignificant tragedy that no one will care to remember... he turns his head around, now facing the camera, eyes emptily searching for any last chance of redemption - the screen cuts to a view of the city from his perspective: happy, content, alive, together, mothers and fathers wrapped up in warm blankets with their children bundled up, enjoying warm cups of hot cocoa, all gathered 'round the open fire, ..but distant; then cutting again to the lonely wanderer - before giving up, dropping his head onto his chest, stuffing his hands into his coat pockets... slowly and solemnly walking away and becoming part of the distance, part of the ice, the snow-covered trees, the ephemeral purple-whispered black night sky...
At least that's what I get. I never played FFVI so there are no memories or sentiments attached to this song for me.
DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff
on 2007-06-04 20:00:27
This is actually the first OverClocked mix I ever heard. Obviously, it left quite the impression on me; I'm still frequenting the site 5 years later.
Chickenwarlord
on 2006-08-19 20:04:32
This is a great atmosphere piece. Just absolutely brilliant.