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#31 Pipples

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:02 AM

Hmmmm.... I never turn game music on. Ever. It's one of the first things I turn off when I install a new game. I have a G15 keyboard and shortcuts to my MP3 playlists

#32 Lasur Arkinshade

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:38 AM

View PostAKGeo, on 28 October 2012 - 10:42 PM, said:

And the only reason you think that is because he's the only one who did the music for Guild Wars/GW2. If it were anyone else who put out a quality score, you'd be saying the same thing about him/her.

I can't understand how this isn't more obvious.

While that's correct, the point is that Jeremy has been the single composer working on GW ever since Prophecies. Changing composer now would be a jarring change from the musical style that has already been established.

I would be saying the same if we had Inon Zur as the original composer and it was suddenly switched to John Williams (not that that would ever happen, but still, the point stands).

#33 Lasur Arkinshade

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:06 AM

View PostPipples, on 29 October 2012 - 12:02 AM, said:

Hmmmm.... I never turn game music on. Ever. It's one of the first things I turn off when I install a new game. I have a G15 keyboard and shortcuts to my MP3 playlists

Yes, but many people do have game music on. Why? Because of the fact that hip-hop/rock/metal/jazz/pop/<insert music genre> generally doesn't compliment immersion or atmosphere in a fantasy game.

Jeremy Soule has been a major driving force in creating the atmosphere of Tyria ever since Prophecies and I would hate to see him go. :(

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

I agree that it's sad that Jeremy Soule has left the Guild Wars franchise, but at the same time it's good. A new composer can come along and provide a different angle of music. It's not like it's going to suddenly change from fantasy classical music to rock or hiphop.

Here's a good example: the Harry Potter series. In the beginning they had John Williams. He made fantastic tunes as always. They really were well done. Then, when the Goblet of Fire came out, Patrick Doyle decided to take over the franchise music. He still based his music on some of John Williams' work, but he added his own music as well, and he did a good job doing it. 'Harry in Winter' as well as 'The Quidditch World cup' and 'The Story Continues' are some of the best tracks in the entire Harry Potter soundtrack collection.
Patrick Doyle left after the Goblet of Fire and Nicholas Hooper took over the next two films. Again, the theme remained more or less the same with a new twist to it, and he added his own work to the franchise. There are at least 11 really good tracks I can think of off the top of my head.
Finally, Alexandre Desplat did the last two movies (or, technically one movie) and made some of the best tracks in the entire series. I'll never forget the music when Harry and Voldemort had their last battle, and the eery introduction really set the scene for the last two films.

So yes, whilst it's sad that Jeremy Soule has left, other composers are just as good, if not better in their own way. I'm looking forward to hearing some different tracks in future Guild Wars projects. It allows variation and, as proven with Harry Potter, that's not a bad thing whatsoever.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

It's a shame to hear that Guild Wars 2 will be the last of the series for him, but I'm sure he has his valid reasons. For me, I thoroughly enjoyed his work in Guild Wars (especially Factions and Nightfall). While I don't play The Elder Scrolls series, I loved his work on Morrowind and Skyrim; some of the compositions were simply amazing. I actually find myself strangely drawn to his music, rather than the games themselves.

#36 Tellia

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

eh, i have mixed feelings about this. while i like a lot of jeremy soules work, including gw1 and oblivion, his music has a tendancy to get really "same-y" sounding and monotonous, and extremely similar sounding. he isnt the most varied video game composer by any stretch of the imagination.

and, all my favorite tunes in gw2 so far are the songs re-used from gw1. i think maybe at this point, some new talent, and ears, might be refreshing for the game. i really hope that anet brings someone new onboard to compose music for new content instead of just re-using everything jeremy made for them already. id be excited to hear someone else make music for gw2, no matter who it is.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:32 PM

View PostRickter, on 28 October 2012 - 04:11 PM, said:


i think its bad news, it means he is a *EDIT* (misuse of terminology).  Bethesda?!  they are the EA of single player mmorpgs.  i mean that because elder scrolls games and fallout games are generally plagued with severe bugs and issues that seldomly get resolved in a timely manner.  and because Bethesda has a lot of money, enough to where they can bribe talent.


you realize he wrote the music for  Morrowind,  Oblivian,  and Skyrim.  right?  he worked with bethesda before guild wars existed.


p.s. he also wrote the music for Mists of Pandaria.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:15 AM

LoL? Who is next then? Inon Zur?

And I agree. Ever since Morrowind and Neverwinter Nights he sat on laurels credited to him for those two games. Most of his tracks are eerily identical sounding(with a mix in Tempo or dynamics or he adds/removes an instrument). And about Guild Wars 1 music-those tracks from DirectSong are AMAZING. Too Bad only Like 10% of them are present in the actual game. And that EoTN theme...I don't know why but it just grates my nerves. It isn't epic or aggroing or anything. It is disturbing to me for some reason. Idk if anyone had the same experience(I think that is his worst track EVER)...

Maybe the change is for the better. Who knows? We have to sit and wait-maybe all this was just a misunderstanding. That is the essence of the change anyhow-you don't know if it's for the better or for the worse until it's too late(Tzeentch's Stratagem really) ;)

Edited by Gorwe, 10 November 2012 - 02:17 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:29 AM

A lot of Jeremy Soule's work in different games sounds very samey to me.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:56 AM

good, off to better things!





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