Jeremy Soule

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Jeremy Soule has been quite active in the social media circles these days. With his successful recent Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499808045/from-the-composer-of-skyri...) he might be open to doing an interview if you're interested in pursuing.

For those who aren't familiar, he is my very favorite video game music composer. His most famous works are probably Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Guild Wars 1 & 2, Icewind Dale, Secret of Evermore etc etc.

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Syrim Soundtrack

I think Malukah said it best when talking about Skyrim's soundtrack (Link: http://www.malukah.com/skyrim-companion/):

Journalist Paul Dean recently interviewed Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule for Eurogamer. Paul posted some additional quotes from his conversation with Jeremy on his blog, and I read something that left me sitting here in silence. Thinking.

When discussing his Skyrim score, Jeremy spoke of wanting the music to be a friend. A companion to the player. He said, “I wanted people who play this game to really not feel alone, to feel like there’s meaning to what they’re doing.”

I’ve always wondered what it is about the Skyrim soundtrack that moves me so, even now that I’m not playing the game regularly.
The music was an incredible companion through it all. Like a good friend, it was soothing at times, encouraging during others… It was lively on occasion, often pensive, threatening only when necessary, yet it never showed one hint of dispair.

This music and I spent hours in Skyrim. And now, whenever I hear it, it feels like running into a childhood friend or a college roommate years after you’ve parted ways.

The moment you see them, all the memories come back.

Whenever I hear the Skyrim score, I remember. The landscapes, the wonder, the story, the snow, the towns, the darned bears, the first giant I ran into, the dragons, the vendors who never seemed to have money when I was carrying too many dragon bones… catching butterflies, eating them, killing Lydia with fireballs without meaning to… reloading a previous save because I felt too guilty to move on without her… and that amazing long walk downhill…

It’s one mini lifetime that I shared with no one but the music.

Hope is present in every single note of this score, and during the time I played Skyrim, this hope stayed with me when I went back to reality. It became a companion in my real life.

The moment I hear it, I remember.

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music is a pretty personal thing.. didn't Matt say the skyrim music was generic fantasy music once :) he wasn't a fan
"Thanks, Vinny, I know it's unfair. Everybody but the indies are doing it, so it's not fair to single out Skyrim for going the generic movie soundtrack route...BUT!"

not my kind of music either.. but it fit the game I felt.. but (please dont kill me) in 99% of all games after a few listens i shut music off and put MP3 on.. in background very low.. only real exceptions are C&C I still have "Im a mechanical man" on my -MIX- folders..

didn't skyrims music win music of year in video game in like 6 awards shows in 2011? I even read on Prairie Public radio it was in top 10 rotation on the Classical music list by request for awhile ( i read this when the hot chick who sings it got on youtube and dressed all fantasy and ran around singing it in a video).

And I was blown away to hear it on the XM Classical music channel too :) (before you point, My mom listens to it and when i was riding with um i heard it.. Announcer says "dragon Born comes" from the Skyrim Soundtrack.. I was all WHAT! there is also a opera being done and somebody wants a Broadway musical (how do they do that? don't musicals sorta sing stories)

so does my embedded youtube video show? it never does on my won posts, but i see everybody else s.

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