One of my hobbies is matching up different albums and songs with different games. This mix and match effort has often been a resounding success, with certain combinations being granted  a very prominent place in my memory. Skyrim, like the previous Elder Scrolls games before it, is poised to have an incredible soundtrack that will make crypts seem darker, mountains seem taller, and the winds seem colder. Even though I plan on playing through the majority of the game while listening to the music included with Skyrim, I thought it would be fun to find some external music that works well with the game.

Naturally, I haven’t played Skyrim yet, so I can’t promise that the tracks listed below will work, but I think they’ll do quite well. Here we go!

A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn

We’ve talked about how much we love Kyle Bobby Dunn’s work before. The soundscapes he creates are sweeping, melodic, and vivid. Imagine hiking through the mountains of Skyrim. Just as the sun breaks through and reflects off the fog rising up from the distant mountains, Dunn’s “The Tributary” begins to fade in.

I know, right?

Solar Fields

Racing over the mountains of Skyrim, you notice a large shape flying through the sky. As you crane your neck upward, you realize that it’s a dragon, and it’s headed right for you. You pull out your sword, plant your feet into the ground, and clear your mind. A serene clarity washes over you, as the beautiful yet ominous creature swoops in for the kill. You raise your arm, and with a yell heard clear across the mountains, the battle commences.

The synth work will undoubtedly break immersion for some, but I think fighting a dragon would be a completely different experience with an understated song, rather than a rousing epic score. I feel like it would seem more…personal.

Schizofrantic

You’re deep underground, moving carefully through the dark halls of a catacomb. Light from your torch causes shadows to dance across the walls, as a hellish hiss fills the damp air. You slowly navigate your way through the forgotten labyrinth, turn a corner, and come face to face with this:

This track from Schizofrantic is extremely creepy, and I think it would go perfectly with exploring dangerous locations that are scattered about the land.


Popol Vuh

Finally, after a long and arduous trek, you discover a safe haven amongst the madness. A small town, bustling with people going about their daily lives. As you tiredly make your way towards the outer walls, you hear the sound of distant music, replete with other-worldly secrets.

 

These are just a few of the tracks that, after having played for a while with the official score, I’ll be trying out. Here’s to hoping they (and others like them) make Skyrim an experience we won’t ever forget!