ReMix: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim "Dovahkiin"

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

11/11/11! Last year we posted Andy's classic Super Street Fighter IV ReMix the SAME DAY the game was released in the U.S., and now, thanks to the musical stylings of Brandon Strader, we're repeating that temporal feat with our first arrangement of Jeremy Soule's soundtrack to SKYRIM, released TODAY! Pretty cool, eh? We don't get as many mixes of newer games, and this one's as new as it gets, plus it's great to see Jeremy Soule reprise his role composing for the series, so it's awesomeness all around, and a fantastic way to kick off the weekend. A Strader Always Describes his ReMixes:

"Hi. I was inspired to make this mix because I loved Oblivion so much. I think I played it for 90 hours, which really is not a long time considering all that the game has to offer... but I did go through all the side-quests, traveled the lands and discovered as many places as possible. I didn't explore the underwater realm which is regrettable, but I chose to be a Wood Elf instead of an Argonian. A stupid choice, I know. During one of the quests that required you to go underwater, I actually died a couple times because I ran out of breath. Then I realized I had a couple breath extending potions, and it was still barely enough. Anyway, I combined the epicness of Skyrim with the epicness of Pirates of the Carribean and some gratuitous metal... A bit like folk metal, with nice brass and lush strings. I've made a lot of small adjustments to this mix since it was 4th place in the Dwelling of Duels (July 2011 Free Month). I don't think I could be happier with the mix than I am right now, in my eyes it is perfect. YEA!

...When you listen to this song, I hope you will imagine the guitars being played by Argonians, and the guitars are melted out of pure gold, and the strings are finely rolled silver with a diamond core that shines when plucked. The drums are made of dragon bones, the skins of which are skinned and tanned from the toughest dragons of the land. The horns were crafted from the dried and preserved organs of the dragon; the heart and its many valves served as good trumpet. There was a singer, but he got eaten by the dragon, but his essence lives on within the heart-trumpet."

Anthemic, heroic, epic, and musically interesting while still rocking out appropriately, BS definitely brought it for this track. OA concureth:

"Nice opening, and a good source choice! The mix of electric, acoustic, and orchestral instruments worked very well, and the melody was suitably heroic. The guitar playing was tight, and everything gelled really well. The arrangement had a lot of small nuances that kept it interesting, and the subtle use of SFX was classy. One of my favorites you've done, dude. Nice work! "

Shariq was laconically enthusiastic:

"Sounds good to me. Rocks out sufficiently, great take on the source. I like it."

Many of us will be disappearing into this game and loving every minute of it, but hopefully you'll take a few extra minutes to appreciate this "folk metal" mix that pays Soule's music excellent - and early - tribute!


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-05-18 13:41:53

@Brandon Strader: You do know that you can enchant a ring with the water breathing spell so that you can do the underwater things right? I always played elves, but I was an excellent enchanter. Try it out.

on 2012-09-07 21:01:13

Very nice mix, I like the style of metal and Middle Age-y type music haha. Slick guitar playing Brandon!

on 2012-03-22 12:20:31

AND. MY. AXE! **shreds**

on 2012-02-05 02:24:05

Good stuff Brandon. I really enjoyed it.

Brandon Strader
on 2012-02-04 20:14:29

Here's a video of some random parts of the session solo'd and stuff like that, it came out pretty rough. Watch it in 720p so you can see the writing in Cubase.. I guess I gotta find some other way to capture video but it's ok for a first try.

1:51... hehe

Martin Penwald
on 2012-02-03 11:40:59

Cool intro with the campfire and the drums. The acoustic guitar compliments the heavier parts quite nicely. Strings around 2:30 give it a movie-OST like feel, and the dragonshout is a good addition. Acoustic guitar and campfire taking us out brings it full-circle.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable remix.

on 2012-02-01 19:11:03

This song just Fus Ro Dah'd me! Nice. All I can picture is my Nord weilding his Daedric battle axe standing atop the corpse of Anduin when I hear this song. Either that or that crappy bard in Riverwood. Very well-made song with a lot of feeling and dynamic.

on 2012-01-06 02:46:16

Love the game, love the music, love the remix, good job its awesome ! :)

on 2011-12-03 14:18:59

Wow, just that campfire-like crackling (at least, that's what it made me think of) at the beginning was enough to get me into it. The rest doesn't disappoint when the instruments come in. One definitely does get a 'grand' feeling when listening to it. This would be great background music for a movie.

Grows on me more every time I listen to it. Great job.

on 2011-12-03 02:18:38

Just got around to checking this one out. This is amazing stuff. Excellent, well-rounded metal track.

on 2011-12-01 13:17:03

Folk Metal!!!! I can totally hear the POTC thing Brandon was talking about and the ReMix itself pretty much defines epic considering he aimed to combine two epic elements already. Hard hitting rock, smooth orchestral sounds and a little bit of traditional folk in the beginning and end. This was magnificent, Strader!

on 2011-11-28 12:07:54

I, personally, liked the guitar...great track! However, you could have told me this was a Morrowind remix, and I would have believed you up until around 1:20 in. The style around 1:20 is what it should have been from the beginning. Also, the FUS RO DAH thrown in there definitely made me smile. Seriously, this is awesome though.:razz:

on 2011-11-18 00:51:44

At first the Guitar sounded out of place but its diffidently growing on me. should of ended around 3:20 though.

on 2011-11-17 11:20:23

Really good track, listening to this I feel compelled to drink mead and swing around a claymore. Well, I mean, even moreso than usual. ;-)

on 2011-11-13 18:40:02

I was just listening to the Morrowind main theme a couple of days ago and was thinking of making an arrangement of it someday. And voila, I get this!

This is really Scandinavian-sounding! Some Norwegian, Swedish or Old Norse lyrics and it'd be good to go! As a Scandinavian fanatic I really dig that. =D

I love the campfire sounds in the beginning and the end of the song. They complement the acoustic guitar nicely!

A very enjoyable listen, Brandon! Thanks a lot for making this track. I hope to hear more stuff like this from you!