Shadow of the Colossus Composer Interview, iam8bit 2-LP Vinyl Revealed

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Shadow of the Colossus Composer Interview, iam8bit 2-LP Vinyl Revealed

The composer behind one of the most legendary experiences in gaming details the changes in its upcoming PS4 remaster. Plus, a beautiful vinyl soundtrack release from iam8bit.

A big part of what makes Shadow of the Colossus such a memorable experience is its soundtrack, composed by Kow Otani.

We recently had a chance to sit down with Otani-san and ask him about the game’s beloved score, gaining insight into the subtle ways the new remake enhances the musical presentation:

“When it came time to update the music, while we were unable to redo every track, we wanted to add more depth to the opening and ending, so we increased the number of musicians and added more string instruments to the original recordings. The goal of this recording was less to change the track themselves and more to make the sense of scale even bigger.”

He also offers some insight into the inspiration behind the soundtrack’s haunting style:

“The music feels like you might have saved someone you love, but you couldn’t save everyone you loved. For example, in the track “End of the Battle,” you would think the music would be triumphant after winning. But as a whole, this soundtrack has more in common with a prayer or a requiem.”

Watch the full video for more details about the music of Shadow of the Colossus!


In order to celebrate this amazing musical score, we’re teaming up with iam8bit on a special 35-track Shadow of the Colossus 2-LP vinyl soundtrack, now available for pre-order at for $40.

The soundtrack features composer Kow Otani’s score of sweeping, transcendent and awe-inspiring music on 180-gram translucent colored vinyl. The soundtrack is expected to ship in Q2 2018.

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  • Techno_Viking-

    Beautiful. Thank you, and please continue producing interesting content, including interviews like this.

  • So happy to see all the love and support for the remake of this masterpiece. Bluepoint is doing an amazing job, and I’m glad Playstation and iam8bit are giving it a strong attention.
    Love these interviews and exclusive content, I was so hoping to hear from Kow Otani back in the PS2 days, better late than never ! He’s a true genius and his work will remain as one of the most brilliant soundtracks in gaming history. Respect.

  • AriesWarlock

    Good read, Dais Kawaguchi. When Sony remasters Heavenly Sword, make sure to also interview Nitin Sawhney about the soundtrack.

  • Extrem3xCarn4ge

    When I see these incredible vinyl releases, it really makes me want to track down a player and stuff collecting cause the music from these games are so beautiful and such a joy to listen to. I can’t wait to actually play this game for the first time when it comes to PS4.

  • So stoked for this remaster as well as the vinyl

  • There goes my poor wallet.

  • Such great memories.

  • Sounds great

  • MrDrProfSpud

    Must… listen…. MUST

  • finzfanatic

    Loving the $40price point in these games

  • I was young when I played the original game and just remember the awe I had playing this title. Looking forward to reliving that feeling.

  • Nice looking can’t wait to play.


    This is too epic!

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