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11 August 2012 @ 02:42 pm
"When the Cold Winds Rise" - an instrumental fanmix (ASoIaF/Game of Thrones)  
I'm not exactly sure how this mix happened. When Game of Thrones was in its first season, I started out not much liking the music (and it's still the kind of small-scale, cheap-sounding synthesized score that I hate, but given that I do think Ramin Djawadi does a lot with a little and some of his work for Season 2 has since won me over a little). I was looking at a review blog where someone mentioned their own disappointment with the score and suggested Wojciech Kilar along with some other composers that could have been a better choice, which I thought was the most awesome idea ever, and I guess that was when I started entertaining the thought of making a "soundtrack" for the book series using just film score cues and other instrumental stuff.

I thought of just a few tracks that would be good for associating with certain scenes or characters, but I was finding it hard to pick a lot more material that felt right for Martin's insanely unconventional genre-busting fantasy world. Almost anything I thought would work reasonably well for the historical setting sounded too romantic or bombastic, basically too cheesy for the tone of Ice and Fire with its unique blend of the epic and mythical with the realistic and gritty. So this was an idea I'd decided wasn't so brilliant and pretty much given up on for a while. Then I don't know what happened, but at some point after I kept reading much further in the books I'd ended up with a playlist of 95 minutes of music, and I don't know, it was fun, and maybe I was picky enough about this that the end result actually kind of works.

This mix covers aspects of the first three books and
there are lots of spoilers in this post if you haven't read through A Storm of Swords.

'The more we bleed each other, the weaker we will all be when the cold winds rise. When the real enemy is upon us.'Collapse )
ladybriennesladybriennes on August 12th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
This is incredible :)
Morgaine: [ >[] ] ds . !!morgaine22 on August 12th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
omg I got here from a tumblr post and I'm SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS MIX. Thank you thank you thank you for making/sharing!!
Alessa: [Game of Thrones] I am a dragonrandomrape on August 13th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I am listening to this and LOVING EVERY SINGLE BIT !
Rinsletrinslet on August 13th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
I have yet to listen to the whole fanmix, but of the few from volume that I've heard thus far, all I can say is, AH-MAH-ZING.

I have a thing for instrumental music and this really sets the tone for the series quite a bit. Wonderful choices.
amadlamadl on August 13th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
This Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing
♔ Lydzi ♔ Au service du Roi Rickon.: Fangirling: Secret.lydzi on August 13th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
This is perfect, incredible and amazing!!!
One equal temper of heroic heartskaternater on August 13th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, this is incredible. Definitely downloading. Thank you so much!
heaven is here, where it needs to be: tw | you spent your entire lifegoreplz on August 13th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Wow this is absolutely breathtaking.
darkfriend21darkfriend21 on August 13th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
i just want you to know that i love it,this fanmix is so perfect and thank you for making it!
toki wartoothtadzia on August 13th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing! Taking, thanks!
'sup brendon: ASOIAF } duncan the tallmauvais_pli on August 14th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
This is stellar! Downloading asap, thank you ever so much for this beauty!
heliotropaheliotropa on August 14th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
i'm about ten songs in and have been listening while working on a new ASOIAF illustration this morning- I wanted to say thank you for putting this together and helping to nurture my inspiration. It's a really beautiful soundtrack.
oldseafareroldseafarer on August 14th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
bless you for this
redtapestryredtapestry on August 16th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
This looks amazing, thank you!
Seschat: garfield: flail!seschat on August 16th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing, thank you so much!