In his long career as a composer of video game music, Jeremy Soule has worked on some of gaming's biggest and most recognisable franchises. Starting with the Secret of Evermore back in 1995, Soule has since created the music for Total Annihilation, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the Harry Potter game series, Prey, Guild Wars, Dungeon Siege, and many more. GameSpot AU caught up with the award-winning composer to gauge his views on the differences between film and game music, releasing musical "expansion packs," and much more. Soule's music will be featured in PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, which hits Australia's Sydney Opera House from June 19-23.GameSpot AU: You've worked on many different types of games. Is there a particular genre you like better than others? Jeremy Soule: I just like working with interesting people who have new ideas and are ambitious. It doesn't matter what the game is--it could be a sports game, or a role-playing game, or a military simulation, or strategy--you name it. As long as there's a real passion from the people who are making the game.
Despite what anyone feels about Secret of Evermore, the soundtrack was beautiful. And probably darker than anything else Square has ever done, before or since.
Nice interview. :) Being a young musician myself, I enjoy reading about video game music composers. :)
jesper kyd, the danish dude who has done the hitman games? how exactly(and why) are you comparing HIM to soule? their styles are totally different.
The sountrack for the Elder Scrolls IV, Guild Wars (Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall), and Star Wars: KOTOR are all great. I'm really pleased by them. Keep up the good work! Oh, and I love this quote: "I say, well, when Steve Jobs decides he doesn't want to be the world's only music store, I'll jump on."
He's not as good as Jesper Kyd, but I still love Soule's music. The Morrowind and Oblivion soundtracks were spot-on perfect, and the KotORs had great music too. Online soundtrack "expansion packs" are great idea, btw.
I personally think that whilst some of his music is certainly good - Morrowind comes to mind, too much of his work sounds alike and some other pieces unimpressive such as DoW soundtrack, Prey etc
The soundtrack he did for Morrowind is great! Though unfortunately his scores are often limited to just a few strong main themes.
His work in the Elder Scrolls series is permanently ingrained in my head. I can hear only a couple seconds of it and immediately recognize it. I am willing to bet there are many others who could say the same.
Yeah, definitely a talented composer - got both Morrowind and Oblivion soundtracks. The music fits those games like a glove - Oblivion especially, when you've come out of a giant dungeon raid and it's dusk, really great reflective music.
Jeremy Soule has always been one of my favorite video game music composers, he also did the soundtrack for Oblivion as well.