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Saturday September 23rd 2017

A Look into Video Game Music – Week Four

(This month, OkieMagazine.com will feature musical compositions and their composers each week that shows the different aspects of some high-profile games in recent years. Some songs may be easily recognizable and some may be from composers recognizable from other forms of entertainment)

For the final week, we will look at two American composers that have composed music for some of the most prominent Western role playing games of the current generation.

Jeremy Soule is a composer from Iowa that has created music for films, television and video games. His award winning catalog of music comes from games such as Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic, Harry Potter, Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights and Dungeon Siege. He originally worked for Square and eventually founded his own recording company, DirectSong.

His most famous work, however, comes from The Elder Scrolls series of role playing games. For his work in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion alone, he has received several nominations and awards for Soundtrack of the Year, Best Original Composition and Best Score. Below is a live performance of his music from Play! A Video Game Symphony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tuRz0wauQQ

Jason Hayes is another composer of a soundtrack heard by millions of gamers around the world. Aside from composing music for StarCraft and Diablo, most audiences will be able to recognize his work from the World of Warcraft.

The WoW games have been played by over 10 million people around the world. His music has a dedicated fan following and is performed around the world. The game’s soundtrack has been noted to immerse the players into the online world.

Below is a recorded track from the same concert series as above:

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