Jeremy Soule has composed the music for over a dozen top rated games and now wants to take the next step in writing his own classical symphony.
Jeremy Soule's Skyrim soundtrack has become one of my favorites to play while I write, offering a little taste of every emotion. His popularity may have grown signifigantly with that album, but it's far from the only work he has done for the gaming industry. From his Kickstarter page:
Composer Jeremy Soule has written music for legendary video games including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Guild Wars franchise, Neverwinter Nights, Forgotten Realms: Icewind Dale, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Total Annihilation, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, SOCOM: Navy Seals, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Secret of Evermore, Warhammer 40,000, Dungeon Siege I & II, Supreme Commander, Company of Heroes, Prey and many, many more.
Credited with more than 60 commercial works, Jeremy has been awarded the prestigious British Academy Award (BAFTA), in addition to various other awards and nominations. His music has been distributed across more than 70 million copies sold world-wide since 1994, earning Jeremy the distinguishment of being one of the leading composers of our time.
Soule hopes to offer a similar atmosphere to what he did with the Skyrim soundtrack, but makes it clear that this is not a sequel to that work. His goal is to "create something that is uplifting and has a spiritual dimension that breathes, moves, and has reality to it."
The Kickstarter campaign just launched, yet has already met its $10,000 goal and coming up on double that amount with thirty days still to go. Pledging now though, can still get you in on the special rewards, like all kickstarters offer: A $15 pledge gets you an autographed CD. For a $50 pledge you recieve a personalized autographed copy sent to the person of your choice as a gift. At $100 you get reward two plus your name listed in the liner notes under 'Special Thanks'. A $500 pledge will get you a bound copy of the conductor's score, in addition to rewards two and three. And for a $1000 pledge, in addition to rewards two, three and four, you will receive a Page One of the conductor's manuscipt written entirely in the composer's hand on 11"x17" museum quality paper (only available through Kickstarter and never produced again).
Some fans (especially those outside the U.S. or without CD players) have expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of MP3 options, but Soule has shown a sensitivity to piracy in the past so seems to shy away from digital offerings. Though his arguments about it have been fairly ridiculous, I won't get into here, but I cannot say if things will change and he will decide to offer a digital download option. Personally, I think it's worth a little extra hassle, but ultimately, that decision will be your own if you choose to back his project or purchase his work once released.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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