ReMix:Mirror's Edge "Clear Reflections" 3:23

By Sir_NutS

Arranging the music of one song...

"Still Alive"

Primary Game: Mirror's Edge (EA Games , 2008, PS3), music by Arnthor Birgisson, Rami Yacoub, Solar Fields

Posted 2014-10-17, evaluated by the judges panel

Our first ReMix of Mirror's Edge comes from Sir_NutS, who offers up a tasty trance treatment of the OTHER "Still Alive," which was ALSO a triumph/huge success:

"This is a ReMix of Mirror's Edge "Still Alive" song. I decided to take a progressive trance route with this one, taking inspiration from the stuff Hybrid, Sasha and others were doing in the late 90s/early 00s. The focus on the genre is mostly on keeping a really cool ambiance with synths that never remain static and cool breakbeats, so I think I got close to the mark here.

This was done for the People's Remix Competition #242, and if this gets posted I wish you guys could plug it somehow, because this competition has been running for years now and it's one of the main reasons I get to mix new songs, and kudos to Bundeslang for keeping it running all this time. As always, made in Reason, and the synths are of my own making. :) Enjoy!"

Many great mixes have come out of the PRC; kudos definitely deserved, and BONUS kudos for perseverance. Chimpazilla writes:

"Cool stuff! I do hear the Sasha influence, he's one of my favorite trance artists. I like how you converted this vocal track to pure instrumental and still kept the vibe."

Larry echoes:

"Good energy throughout; the adaptation to an electronic piece was handled well, and I didn't even miss the vocals and lyrics, as awesome as Lisa Miskovsky's work in the original is."

Judges did note that the piano was a little stiff; it didn't bother me much as I took it to be emblematic of the target genre more than anything else. The reverberant sines remind me of The X-Files a bit, but the overall tone is dramatic/uplifting, and Mr. Molina does a good job conjuring an epic feel in a relatively brief 3'22". We tend to see more vocal adaptations of instrumental sources than vice versa, so that also makes this a bit of a novelty; I concur with the panel that NutS maintained the appeal of the original without the vocal line. It's taken awhile for an arrangement of this standout VGM "single" of sorts to be posted, but Sir_NutS has ensured that it was worth the wait!



Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2023-01-30 08:00:19

I think this is an enjoyable electronica piece without having to know anything about the source material. An all-around solid arrangement that sounds exhilarating and joyful, like flying through a haze of bright colours in a really happy dream. The layers of different instruments playing at different speeds gives it a remarkable richness which feels immersive rather than just busy, and conjures images of the beauty of space.

on 2015-12-23 00:11:00

Agh, more reverb on the piano intro please. Definitely stiff. However, the rest sounds spot-on. I like the acid-like bass, some nice texture there. The whistle synth also sounds great. The energetic sound really fits the source even though it's more of a ballad; good work there. Very good EDM mix overall.

on 2015-12-22 03:38:55

Very nice and energic one. I got an "epic feeling" listening to this one, even if it didn't have a big orchestra. There's a big "flying" vibe as well. The percussion work is excellent as well. Nice job! :)

on 2014-11-08 23:56:32

I had to make an account just to say what an incredible remix this is. I can certainly hear "Still Alive"s influence when I listen to it but this is good enough to stand on it's own. The song is so fast and energetic and is altogether harmonious, angelic and serene. Everything about this track is perfect even the piano part. I only downloaded the song over four hours ago and have already listened to it 46 times.

I am sure this will fit in nicely with my music collection and will make a perfect driving/summer song. This is the best remix I have ever heard on OC Remix and is like an aural orgasm in my ear, in eargasm, if you will. If I could choose one song to be the last song I ever hear before I die, I want it to be this song. I just wish I could take the energy from this song and make a world out of it and live in that world.

....But WTF is up with the pathetic 192kbps bit rate? :sad:...:x...:banghead: That makes me so mad, I could kick a puppy... A song this amazing needs to be heard in at least 16bit quality but preferably 24bit.

Also, an extended version would be awesome!!!

on 2014-10-22 02:46:00

Yay, some PRC love! Gotta echo the cheers for Bundeslang for keeping the compo running. Overall this is a pleasant, energetic and suitably moody electronic trance mix. It is definitely evocative of the 90s trance that was on MTV Europe all the time it seems.

The piano certainly doesn't sit well in the mix, especially in the intro and outro. My impression is that the pianos in the genre aren't ever all that humanized, but it's more a problem of tone and just plain sticking out of the mix. It sounds all right in the middle part of the song.

There's some harmony stuff that doesn't gel well: 2:18 there's a transition from chord to another that sounds off, and the bassline sticking to that particular note at 3:00-3:08 and 3:12-3:15 doesn't sound right.

Other than these, good work on making a working instrumental genre adaptation of the original song!

on 2014-10-18 17:00:52

Aaahhh, yeeeesssss!! Still Alive is one of my favorite game credits themes ever. At least in the top ten for me. And I haven't even had the pleasure of playing this game yet (I really need to get a PS3 some day). The fact that I didn't even really miss the lyrics, which helped the original, is a testament to how strongly I like this mix, because the melody filtered through the trance was still recognizable and enjoyable enough to get the same feeling I got from the original. Very well done, loved it.

OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-10-17 22:59:59

Energetic and inspiring. You can bet this'll get played a lot on my music-playing devices of choice! I have to admit that I did miss the vocals a little bit, foolishly filling the voice with off-key snatches myself, but I started appreciating the song's rhythm even more near the end.

on 2014-10-17 15:50:34

Awesome, finally a Mirror's Edge remix! I'm probably one of the few people who really enjoyed the game, especially the musical ambiance. I know Still Alive isn't one of the main background tracks but still, it fits the mood well. This is a really great mix.

Like the panel said, I like how you instrumentalized the vocal elements, esp the "I've learned to lose/I've learned to win" section. Some of that reminds me a bit of some of the echoes of that section in Solar Fields' "Introduction" on the score.

I know I'm rambling a bit (tired and too much work lately XD) but the song really flows and soars. Which is important if you know anything about the technical ideas behind PK/FR.


Oh I also wanted to say it'd be neat if you tackled some of Solar Fields' songs. Especially loved the lonely ambiance from the puzzle sections of "Kate" and "The Shard."

on 2014-10-17 10:58:29

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Mirror's Edge (EA Games , 2008, PS3)
Music by Arnthor Birgisson,Rami Yacoub,Solar Fields
"Still Alive"

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