“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is one of the most popular and widely-played video games of all time. It’s sold about 25 million copies worldwide since its launch in late 2011, and is still widely enjoyed. (If you put that into the context of the film or book markets, that would make Skyrim an absolute blockbuster movie, or a bestselling book, both on the level of The Lord of the Rings in both markets.)
The music soundtrack for Skyrim has also been widely praised.
The team employed Jeremy Soule to compose the music for Skyrim, who previously worked on Morrowind and Oblivion. The game’s main theme “Dragonborn” was recorded with a choir of over 30 people singing in the fictional dragon language. Creative director Todd Howard envisioned the theme for Skyrim as The Elder Scrolls theme sung by a choir of barbarians. This became a reality when the idea was passed by Soule, who recorded the 30-man choir and layered three separate recordings to create the effect of 90 voices.
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Bethesda released four audio CDs along with the game on November 11, 2011.
There’s more at the link.
Here’s the soundtrack for Skyrim, in digital format. If you click through to its page on YouTube, each track is named, and its duration given. Also, if you look at the red progress bar at the foot of the video, it’s not solid, but divided into tracks; so if you run your mouse cursor over the red line, it’ll show you the title of each track, making it easy to find the one you want.
It’s a very long piece of music, over 3 hours in duration. I can’t say I enjoy it for extended periods, because it’s all “mood music”, designed to trigger an emotional response in those hearing it as a background to playing the game. Whilst I do enjoy classical music, this musical style seems “choppy” and disjointed compared to a symphony or concerto. Some people enjoy it as background music while they work on creative projects, such as writing; but I find this sort of music distracts me more often than it focuses my thoughts. Everybody’s different, I guess!
Nevertheless, the soundtrack has sold many millions of copies, as have the soundtracks to many similar and competing computer games. That style of music clearly appeals to a great many people, so I thought it was worth introducing it to those of my readers who may not yet have come across it.