ReMix: Shadow of the Colossus 'Snowfall on Forbidden Lands'

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Shadow of the Colossus

Did someone say Shadow of the Colossus??(!!?) Sephfire and newcomer ceili (Daniel and Carrie Floyd, respectively) offer this beautiful, breathtaking, ambient orchestral chill arrangement that I think the game's legion admirers will... admire. Like Ico before it, SotC is a compelling argument for video games as true art, due to a masterful combination of unique aesthetics, minimal superfluous distractions, and singular grace and elegance. The Floyds have done an excellent service to the game's soundtrack with this ReMix:

"Once again, a remix that took far longer than it should have. Such is the way with hobbies I suppose. The style is a vague nod to Harry Gregson-Williams' relaxed film scores; the recent Narnia film, specifically. ceili joined in late in the project to offer her voice to the ambient atmosphere. Apologies to everyone who was following this track in the WIP forum. Sorry I kept you waiting so long. :)"

This mix would have been fantastic without ceili's vocal contributions, but they only add to the already tangible atmosphere. Orchestral, electronica, ambient, and soundtrack elements combine; you can hear the Narnia influence as well. The tone is at once hopeful, enigmatic, cool, and crystalline - all of which Sephfire is adept at channeling, but which are perhaps more evocative here than usual. He's simply done a fantastic job in achieving a balance between atmospheric and melodic emphasis. Production, including the incorporation of Carrie's ethereal voice, is better than ever, and nothing seems out of place or lacking. Even if you've never touched the game (which is highly recommended), it shouldn't be hard to appreciate what Dan's accomplished: it's one of his best mixes to date, and just as striking and lush as the universe that inspired it.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Esperado
on 2011-06-02 05:58:55
One of my favorite tracks from this entire site. it also alerted me to the wonders of having nice headphones. This happened to be the first peice of music i listened to after acquiring some nice sennheiser earbuds. i could not stop listening! i still listen to this very frequently, nearly a year later! we need more shadow of the colossus remixes too. just saying. good job !
WesternZypher
on 2010-12-14 10:34:00
perfect to wander about beneath the falling snowflakes with this on
ImUnderTheBed
on 2010-08-15 02:28:01
this is one of the best remixes ive ever heard.
OA
on 2010-04-29 11:31:51
One of the most ridiculously awesome tracks on the entire site.
It's touching, serene, deep, and intense all at once.
I can't recommend this one enough.
Loning
on 2009-07-09 02:28:19
wow...
My jaw dropped to the floor as I heard this remix. Amazing work!! I love it, it's very well done.
Do more collabs, imo!
yosefu
on 2009-05-31 23:55:21
This just a great mix. So thankyou sir for this.
metalsnakejuice
on 2009-05-30 06:43:07
l really enjoyed this a lot. The vocals and the actual beat was fantastic.
ashogo
on 2009-03-17 16:55:46
Love the ethereal, otherworldly mood this track creates; it's bloody amazing. It reminds me a bit of the piece that plays when a colossus has fallen. Closing my eyes while listening to this, I can imagine the sealed land in SotC covered in snowfall-it's got to be quite a sight.
MechaFone
on 2008-11-19 20:20:15
Breathtaking, both in sound and in quality. Awesome vocals and I love the beat.
Nobbynob Littlun
on 2007-08-17 17:29:02
This song's got everything. Strong progressions, instrument variations, a wide range of volumes and pitches all throughout... and it even doesn't resort to a fadeout!
Mazedude
on 2007-08-08 15:44:43
I concur. I just beat this game as well, and listening now after the fact is pretty cool. Excellent arrangement.
Kapyrna
on 2007-07-06 00:42:35
Really great mix, guys (and girl). Sephire, this is most likely your best yet, not to mention the beautiful vocals. Top notch work.
XiaoXiaoNeo
on 2007-07-05 19:50:07
I throughly enjoyed this one. Personally, my favorite part of the song is the sort of crystal synth action going on, which reminded me of the crystal palace theme in the N64's Paper Mario. Love it love it love it.
RyuDeathstrike
on 2007-07-02 00:22:52
10/10 Hands Down. Thank you for this wonderful remix.
derako
on 2007-06-28 21:08:10
I love the progressions in this piece. Intertwined with the hypnotic like beat and the vocals, which were an awesome touch, I give this easily 4 out of 5 stars.

-Derek-