November 17, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Skyrim, Deus Ex, and a bit of Zelda.
Released last week, Andrew Skeet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra released their collaborative effort The Greatest Video Game Music 2. It’s a sequel to their previous effort The Greatest Video Game Music and has been featured on here from time to time. They now feature 17 new renditions of fan favorite video game themes. The CD is once again beautifully crafted and outstandingly performed by the renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra. Being the week of Veterans Day, I wanted to dedicate this to my grandfather, Alexander Atremko. Because of him I have grown up to appreciate video games and classically performed music. He was the one to introduce me to my Atari 2600 and to finely composed music performed by both the London and Moscow symphonic and philharmonic orchestras. He would record them any time there was a PBS special and listen to them for hours. My grandfather was also a veteran of 3 wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) and I have the upmost respect for him, not because he was military, but because he was never disrespectful of his enemy, never proud of the things he had done, and never wished military life on anyone. He was unfortunately drafted out of college and sent to the Air Force and the Pacific theater. My family has had a line of military personnel including recently my aunt (honorably discharged), my uncle (army reserves), and my brother and his wife (both active air force). I respect them all for doing a job I wouldn’t touch with a 50ft pole, but my grandfather is the one I respect the most. Now on to some great music!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Far Horizons
This piece played during the free roaming portion of Skyrim. It beautifully crafts the Viking like region of Tamriel. Much of Skyrim is vast trees and mountains, and epic wilderness full of Jarls, dragons, and swords. Anyone who has played the game should recognize this sweeping song, especially the powerful horn melody (0:00) that is beautifully picked up again at (1:00) by the whole orchestra. Now something they did differently in this rendition was the added piano melody at (3:01), which transitions beautifully. I have wanted to feature music from Skyrim for some time but it is very hard to get a hold of. Enjoy.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Icarus Main Theme
Along with the Skyrim theme, this is another track I have wanted to share but it has been hard to track down. There is just two points on this epic track I wanted to focus on. At (0:28) the repeated melody that is strung throughout the piece and the epic build up to the fanfare at (2:29). Human Revolution was a fantastic game and the soundtrack complimented the cyberpunk universe. Listening to this track you can feel the tension and corporate struggles. Human augmentation looks pretty cool though.
Bonus Track – Legend of Zelda – The Wind Waker: Dragon Roost Island
Every Zelda is full of great music and Wind Waker is no exception. Their take on this tune from the GameCube seminal title is fantastic. The track starts off soft with a guitar (0:20), then the melody changes hands at (0:40) to some strings. The melody is then handed off to a piano at (1:25) and has a jazz feel to the song. The melody then switches hands again to a sax at (1:56). Finally the grand theme hits (2:46) and you can feel the epic seas take flight. I want a HD rerelease of this game on the Wii U, Nintendo are you listening?