ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Frozen Landscape" 4:08

By Tweex

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ambient mellow piano sad synth winter-holiday
Arranging the music of one song...

"Buried in Snow"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2007-12-25, evaluated by djpretzel


Voices of the Lifestream was sorta like "Xmas in September" from an OverClocked ReMix perspective; the torrent's done over 70 terabytes since the 4-disc album was released, and it featured so many great tracks that, as with Mazedude's American Album, we'll probably still be seeing tracks from it pop up on OCR proper well into 2008. So mote it be. Project Director Andrew Aversa writes:

"This mix was a pleasant surprise from Tweek, as it came towards the end of the project lifespan after the source tune was abandoned by another remixer. The tempo and mix of acoustic and electronic textures really gives this a wintry feel, much like sephfire's recent 'Snowfall on Forbidden Lands' mix. Great stuff."

This mix of Buried in Snow is all the more appropriate given our wintry holiday setting. While Bing Crosby's elusive White Christmas seems to be fairly rare here in the metro-DC area, I imagine some of you, somewhere out there, are indeed currently experiencing a frozen landscape... if you aren't literally buried in snow, which would kinda suck. Andy said it best; this is a chilly ambient soundscape that resembles sephfire's recent mix, and other arrangements that take the listener over icy peaks and through treacherous sub-zero Kelvin caves in search of a yule log or SOMETHING with which to heat one's freezing posterior. In a good way. Tweek definitely tweaked *himself* for this one, dialing back the edge and substituting in two scoops of ambient exploration. There are still beats here, to be sure, but this one ain't dancin' material, unless it's some sort of artistical ice skatin' thingamajig. Gated synth features heavily here, not unlike Shariq's MP3:C mix that we just posted, and the slicing in this case really creates a lot of faster, nested rhythms that lend a swagger and sway to the otherwise deliberate pacing. This isn't the type of "joyous celebration" tunage that you might associate with a holiday that involves an obese chimney-fairing man giving kids products pro bono, but it's still very wintry, so there's an Xmas connection somewhere in there. More importantly, it's more great work from Tweek, in style less aggressive but still every bit as nuanced and compelling as the rest of his oeuvre.

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Discussion

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Black_Doom
on 2015-12-04 10:06:49

One of my personal hilights of VotL. It really brings to mind a picture of something very cold, very ethreal, airy and fragile. Especially dig the percussive textures and acoustic guitar. It definitely maintains the winter atmosphere with such wonderful and lush soundscape. Freakin' awesome.

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Marmiduke
on 2012-01-30 08:06:00

Deep stuff. I love the blend of light and rich sounds to create that really fragile mood. Melody is downplayed to a very faint proportions, which I think works well and allows the strengths of depth and mood take center stage.

Love the prominence of the percussive elements in this one; really sells the vibe in spades. Listening to this, and the consistency in the instrumentation, instantly calls up imagery of ice, caverns, water and COLD. Perfectly atmospheric and a terrific mood piece.

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Emunator
on 2010-12-13 15:00:36

Pretty classic tweek material here, it accomplishes pretty much everything it sets out to do; craft a moody, ambient, and cold atmosphere and give the source a bit of energy. There's a constant sense of motion in here with the gated synths and Brian's very recognizable percussion style, but it doesn't ever feel like it's going too fast for my tastes.

Highly recommended, every part of this remix really comes together perfectly to form a beautiful and haunting atmosphere.

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Bahamut
on 2010-12-13 10:54:04

This has a nice ethereal sound to it, which defines the song as an atmospheric one. It has a more heavy feel than the original.

I like this take, I think it's a well done dark take on the original.

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Sir_Downunder
on 2009-06-01 11:32:41

Everyone says that this is a chilled and lush remix, and I'm very inclined to agree :wink:

A very intriguing soundscape you, and the percussion is just gorgeous. Great work, Tweek!

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metalsnakejuice
on 2009-04-21 07:18:14

Love this track, it really gives you the feeling that you are in a cold environment.

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Palpable
on 2009-04-19 17:45:09

Wow, this is excellent, had never heard this one before (maybe sometime I need to go back and finish listening to VotL :oops:). What a gorgeous soundscape. Chimes, piano, gated synth - a perfect set of instruments. The random percussive elements really add to the cold, isolated feel. Awesome work, Tweek.

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Oscillated Future
on 2008-02-14 02:36:45

I've always wanted to hear a ReMix of "Buried in the Snow" because the original was always so memorable to that particular part in FFVII.

Mad kudos to Tweek on this ReMix.

9.5/10

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Moguta
on 2008-02-14 00:45:19

This had to be the most unexpected of my favorite songs on the VotL project. Looking at the track list beforehand, I honestly didn't even remember the Buried in Snow source tune. But I must give a huge thanks to tweek for remembering it, and going on to embellish it so well. That's half of what I love about OCR; getting introduced to wonderful melodies that I never really knew.

The atmosphere comes in very spacious and light, setting the mood for the rest of the track. Even the deliciously stutter-syncopated synths fade in softly, while the chilled percussion echoes far into the icy distance with every hit. The piano, then chimey-synths, that simply play out the melody are so very ethereal within the rest of the mix. And the fading in and out of instruments, to a bare percussionless soundscape at one point before ramping back up, makes even this chill track ebb and flow delightfully.

Kudos.

And in response to OA, I'd have to say one need not 'rock out' to music in the car. Just imagine cruising down a long highway on a cool dark night, miles of uninterrupted road between you and your destination, the stars as your companion, and this song as your elegy. ^.^

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OA
on 2008-01-09 11:19:56

Probably one of my favorite tweek tracks, everyone describing this as both lush and cold is spot on, and though it isn't something i'd rock out in the car to, the 5 or 6 loops of it i've just gone through are a testament to it's chill (lol) qualities.

Recommended.

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Vidilian
on 2007-12-30 10:49:18

The bass is what makes this song my favourite from the album. Even though it just loops throuhout almost the whole song I never get tired of it. It gives the song such a cool, subtle RnB feel.

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JhJ
on 2007-12-28 21:47:51

This is one of my favourite tracks from the FF project

8)

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Genoism
on 2007-12-27 12:44:34

this is a killer song, i've listened to it sooooooo many times since it first came out, great job!

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Sole Signal
on 2007-12-27 03:35:40

Great track, superbly produced as always. Love the guitar interlude especially. Make more. :)

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DragonAvenger
on 2007-12-26 21:25:50

Larry says it right, "lush" is possibly the best word to use for this mix. Everything really meshes well together, and the stuttering really adds a 'cold' feeling to things, IMO. Nice.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Buried in Snow"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Ambient
Mood:
Mellow, Sad
Instrumentation:
Piano, Synth
Additional:
Usage > Winter Holiday

File Information


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Final_Fantasy_7_Frozen_Landscape_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,702,991 bytes
MD5:
3664ed8fb6dced5ecee3eec630a95527
Bitrate:
213Kbps
Duration:
4:08
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Published 2007-09-14
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