Video Game Music of the Week - 67

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)


Reign of the Septims, Harvest Dawn, Wings of Kynareth, Auriel’s Ascension

Jeremy Soule

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion blew people away with its vast world and ability to literally keep you venturing in the game for days on end. The combination of a living, breathing world, and the musical touch of Jeremy Soule, results in what can only be put as a stunningly beautiful product.

Reign of the Septims
This is the main theme to
Oblivion and starts with a great build up that leads into the powerful horn section. After the climactic opening, the song slows down just the right way, bringing about a notion of a rising hero in a mystical and tranquil world.

Harvest Dawn
Harvest Dawn starts with a simple, yet beautiful melody that leads into the bulk of the track. It’s one of the many songs on the soundtrack that works extremely well with the impressive environments surrounding you as you travel along. It compliments these peaceful moments of gameplay flawlessly.

Wings of Kynareth
Much like Harvest Dawn, Wings of Kynareth is another peaceful tune. The overall presentation of the tune captures the magical and realistic Province of Cyrodiil. The string instruments are the major focus of the tune and work in perfect harmony to provide another amazing song.

Auriel’s Ascension
This track is really awe-inspiring in terms of its delivery. After the big string opening, a very lonely piano melody begins to play as the other instruments fade out into nothingness. It really puts a strong emphasis on these notes and creates a brilliant level of atmosphere.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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