Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Skyrim composer launches Kickstarter to fund new symphonic project The Northerner

Hailed as one of the greatest and most immersive games of the past few years, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to holds sway over a generation of modern gamers and viking enthusiasts.

Part of Skyrim's appeal has to do with its open-world style, immense, sweeping storyline, and the complete freedom that it grants the player to do whatever (and marry whoever) they want to. Also, the fact that you can bury your axe into a dragon's skull is pretty sweet.

The other part of Skyrim's appeal lies in its beautiful art direction and memorable music.  Even those who have never played the game are likely familiar with its main theme, Dragonborn, thanks to the incredible work of veteran composer Jeremy Soule.

Soule has been strangely quiet on the video game music scene after coming down from the Skyrim OST, most likely because his projects take a considerable amount of time and money to complete properly (I'm looking at you, Elder Scrolls MMO).

While VGM music enthusiasts wait for Soule's next score, he has since turned to Kickstarter to drum up money for a new, non-VGM project, The Northerner.

From the look and sound of it, Soule Symphony No. 1 "The Northerner" takes a good amount of its inspiration from Skyrim - but this may be intentional to attract the game's considerable fanbase to the project.

Hailed as Soule's first foray into "the grand traditions of classical music", The Northerner will, like most symphonies, integrate a full orchestra and choir into its production. In other words, it's more symphonic music from Skyrim's composer, in the style that he's already famous for.  And it vaguely recalls the world of Skyrim.

With this in mind, it's hardly surprising that Soule blew the doors off the original, modest $10,000 budget for The Northerner's Kickstarter. Just five days into the campaign, The Northerner is already sitting at $45,000 and will likely raise at least twice that amount before the 25 days left in its campaign are up.

If you'd like to contribute to the project, you can secure yourself an autographed CD and stupidly HD digital copy of the symphony for the all-too-tempting price of $15.00 by heading over to Kickstarter and pledging.