by Anna Roberts
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. What do these games have in common? Soundtracks by Jeremy Soule, one of the most prolific composers in the world of video games. Soule has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new symphony: The Northerner.
The Morrowind composer has set a funding goal of $10, 000. At the time of writing, pledges total nearly $15,000 from over 500 backers. For $15 you’ll receive a signed CD copy of the four-movement symphony with an estimated delivery date of September 2015.
Further tiers include bound and autographed copies of the score as well as your name in the ‘special thanks’ section of The Northerner’s CD booklet.
In an interview with Destructoid, Soule states that he is again drawing on the same inspirations that helped him compose Skyrim’s score; influences which are already evident in this short preview snippet:
The composer estimates that the total length of Soule Symphony No. 1 will be between 30-45 minutes.
The project’s Kickstarter page outlines a full list of tiers. Non-US backers should note the extra delivery costs whilst pledging. There’s currently no digital download option available.
Jeremy Soule is a composer who has worked on over 60 video game scores including Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, the early Harry Potter video games, and of course, the Elder Scrolls series. If you’re not familiar with his work, the Morrowind theme is a great place to start. A more recent highlight is the beautiful “Fear Not This Night” from ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2. You can take a look at Soule’s extensive discography on his Wikipedia article.
You have until April 14 to donate to Soule’s Kickstarter campaign, if you’re interested.
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