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.Read More
Earlier in the year, I had a chance to work with Gavin, aka Miracle of Sound on a Skyrim song he wrote called Legends of the Frost. You guys introduced us via comments on our videos recommending we work together. :) Thank you for that.
Working with Gavin was great and we have stayed in touch since then. Playing online with him is always awesome.
Recently, he talked me into trying Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. I’m terrified of those games. Intimidated.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. We played a couple of private matches so I could try out the controls and classes. Gavin made fun of me because I kept “Halo Jumping” everywhere… haha! Since Halo is the only multiplayer I’ve played often, I’m used to moving around like that. I realize now that in other games, jumping everywhere looks ridiculous. ;P
And then… we joined an online match.
It was awkward.
Haha! I was nervous but it was hilarious. We talked about how much we love this moment in games… when you’re so new it’s not about trying to compete, but just having fun with it while you figure it out. Once you start improving, it can sometimes become more about judging how you did and feeling frustrated you didn’t do better.
Well… Gavin was recording this very first time I played COD. Poor guy, he was such a good sport putting up with my freak outs, and his laughter makes me laugh. You can’t see what I’m playing… but you sure as heck can hear me.Read More
I’m so happy I was finally able to finish and upload this Tale of the Tongues cover from Skyrim!
At first, I wanted to do a different arrangement of it, with other music referenced, but it was so long and the transitions felt forced. So, I decided to scale back to my original idea. :D
The cool thing about scaling back is that I now have an idea for another video which I’ll start recording soon. It will feature a couple of pieces that didn’t make it into the final Tale of the Tongues arrangement, but that I’d still love to share with you.
I hope you enjoy this!
And ***SPOILER BELOW IF YOU HAVEN’T LISTENED TO THE ARRANGEMENT. LISTEN FIRST!!!***
I was glad to be able to incorporate a bit of the Sovngarde song. The original is so haunting. I had chills when I played that part of the game!
I wish I could dress like this in real life… Walk around the world in this outfit. I think I would be a happier person. :D hahaha! Love this image by Arthur K. :D Makes me want to write a comic about my epic adventures chasing after Thor. Thank you, Arthur!Read More