A distant rumble through fog, a slow build of deep guttural voices, rising into a warlike twist on a theme steeped in nostalgia for so many - I knew this music was going to be good before I'd even pressed "start." It's not a new game at all and therefore neither is the music, but it is and always will be one of my favourites, and I've been listening to it a lot lately (on vinyl no less!! Yum :3 )
It might be a surprise for some to know that most working classical musicians get the bulk of their employment working for tv shows, movies, and these days; video games. Though many video game composers such as the great Koji Kondo (do do do do-do do! DO.) have been able to create memorable themes since the days of 8-bit, the technical revolution has meant just as much for the music in video games as it has for the actual gameplay. It is almost impossible for me to differentiate between Soule's use of MIDI and live recordings throughout this soundtrack - something I nerdily pride myself on! I am definitely a dork but, come on - it's awesome to run around in a beautiful fantasy world hunting dragons while these epic pieces of brass and string bolster you through battle.
It's not just the energetic pieces that are great in this game though; you are a hero of legend coming to power in a tragic time of civil war in a cold but hardy land that is no stranger to hardship... that's a lot, and the score reflects that in the quieter moments. It's melancholy, but there's hope there. Beautiful.
Anyways, this is definitely a dorky one, but I am proud to admit that this is what gets me through the winter!