Miracle of Sound: Sovngarde Song (Skyrim)

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This one's very good. It's one of those songs that you don't need to be a fan of the game to really enjoy it (as happens to other songs sometimes). Kudos, Gav!

Victory, or Sovngarde!! Sons of Skyrim, rally!

And so on.

Good song!

From the beginning I was thinking, this would be great if it was instrumental, but my god when it really picked up (2 minutes in?), I'm glad you did sing on it. Great job as always, but this song was another one of those special ones that should be in my playlist right now.

Amazing lyrics on this one too, not too repetitive like most of the time.

After another listen, that pick up at roughly 2 minutes in gives me chills, and not because I'm cold aha.

I think I'm just going to listen to this one song for a while now, I fucking love MoS.

EDIT: Third listen in, and I've come to the conclusion I don't like the vocal work between 40 seconds and 2 minutes. How many layers is there in that section? Because I think it needed toning down a bit or maybe it didn't blend well enough.

anian:
...and how freaking often do you make a chorus out of one line that repeats twice?

Er... never, My choruses always have 2-4 lines min.

Unabletothinkofname:
On a scale of brilliant to brilliant this is somewhere in the OHMYGOD AAAH

This is definitely your best song yet, I've had it on repeat since I heard it first. :D

Seems to be the consensus. What a relief! So glad people are digging it, I almost gave myself a meltdown making it :D

[The]Rock:
wow gav, just wow.
man, how do you do this every fortnight?

Sleepness nights. Talent is 25% of art, the rest is hard work ;)

meganmeave:
Simply amazing, Gav. Simply amazing.

I can't wait to hear more of your work now that you have all that fancy new software? (Equipment?)to work with.

Yeah, got some interesting stuff on the way in Jan :)

JourneyThroughHell:
This is seriously the best thing you've done so far, dude. You clearly bring something special to the table when you especially like the game in question.

Keep doing songs about games you care about, Gav. That's the only thing you really need to do to keep pleasing your fans. Fantastic job.

I think you're right. I guess the best stuff always comes from things you're passionate about.

CounterAttack:
People have said that this piece is amazing, and I couldn't agree more. I'm quite honestly speechless: it was that good. Wow... just wow.

Someone give this man an award. If he didn't deserve one before, he does now. Maybe two for good measure.

Haha thanks :) I'd like to thank my pet dragon Odahviing and my Housecarl Lydia

Lopsided Weener:
Awesome song, it reminds me a lot of the stuff Falconer and Van Canto do. Keep it up. =D

First thing I thought of was Falconer, though this is more minstrel-ish rock than minstrel-ish power metal, if it's possible to split hairs that finely.

I love it :) If I have one complaint, it's that the voice chorus-ing sounds a little artificial, but otherwise it's amazing.

And you worked the main theme into there. You win forever.

Draconalis:
I saw this article while in the middle of listening to this:

And thought to myself... "How fitting..."

That's a great song. I was personally put in mind of Blind Guardian's "Skalds and Shadows."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3_S1Q40HZo

MiracleOfSound:

[The]Rock:
wow gav, just wow.
man, how do you do this every fortnight?

Sleepness nights. Talent is 25% of art, the rest is hard work ;)

yeah, I know the feeling.
Also, thanks for the help with Miracle of Sound and Normandy, I played them both for a Music Performance assessment and more than passed on the backs of them alone, no need for a third song!

That middle part is DAMN good. Like DAMN FUCKING good. Wow. Well done Gav. I didn't quite like the last two songs as much as your average work. Good to see you back in form buddy!

SirBryghtside:
I love it :) If I have one complaint, it's that the voice chorus-ing sounds a little artificial, but otherwise it's amazing.

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It's not actually - I sang it all in, 24 separate vocal tracks. If it sounds chorused I'll take that as a compliment as it means I synced them well. ;)

[The]Rock:

Also, thanks for the help with Miracle of Sound and Normandy, I played them both for a Music Performance assessment and more than passed on the backs of them alone, no need for a third song!

You are welcome :)

I thought about the old accusations of repetition of lyrics and styles while listening to this and I finally have a view on them (though to be honest it never registered with me).

I'm slightly plagiarizing the words of Iron Maidens guitarist here but here's my view: All of your songs are wonderfully diverse and each is unique in its own way but they all have a "thread" running through them, and that thread is Miracle of Sound.

As I was listening to this I heard flashes of Redemption Blues in the more moody vocals, New Black Gold in the orchestral opening, Normandy in the chorus and many others. This is by no means a bad thing, in fact it's fantastic since it shows us that you aren't just someone who can write game songs in different genres but something much, much more since you can take as many genres and styles as you like and make them yours. That is a skill indeed.

Anyway just my two cents. Fantastic job as usual Gav. Keep up the great work!

King British:
I thought about the old accusations of repetition of lyrics and styles while listening to this and I finally have a view on them (though to be honest it never registered with me).

I'm slightly plagiarizing the words of Iron Maidens guitarist here but here's my view: All of your songs are wonderfully diverse and each is unique in its own way but they all have a "thread" running through them, and that thread is Miracle of Sound.

As I was listening to this I heard flashes of Redemption Blues in the more moody vocals, New Black Gold in the orchestral opening, Normandy in the chorus and many others. This is by no means a bad thing, in fact it's fantastic since it shows us that you aren't just someone who can write game songs in different genres but something much, much more since you can take as many genres and styles as you like and make them yours. That is a skill indeed.

Anyway just my two cents. Fantastic job as usual Gav. Keep up the great work!

man. that's deep.

This has tied with my favorite of yours right now (New Black Gold). Keep up the fantastic job!I love you Gavin.

I want to buy this song on iTunes, but I can't find it. Why won't you let me give you my money!?

Mos you have the can always tell your a gamer with the way you take the soul of a game then make it into music.Everytime you say your going to make a great song for your favourite games etc Fallout 3 and Skyrim you have blown me away.

I am glad we love the same games but the songs you make for them are just incredible.

I gotta be honest, I do not care for most of the previous 'Miracle of Sound' songs, I actually think they're pretty terrible. But I REALLY DIG THIS, (and get this, I haven't even played Skyrim).

Props to you mr. M.O.S.

Very well written as always - the lyrics capture the theme of the songs sung by the bards throughout skyrim quite well. I really like it.
Something I dislike where the strings in this - It might be because I've listend to a lot of cello lately, but the synth strings during the interlude at 02:00 should have been more promintent and needed more depth to them for my taste. It sounds a bit...shallow. Guitar and drums ~crisp and perfect as always.

I imagine this song played on cello, harp and piano for some reason... the strong melodic voice of a deep cello would fit perfectly with the crystaline tune of the harp during the first half of the song and could provide a hearty backdrop for the more energetic second half.

MoS hit three pages of comments before Wednesday juggernaut ZP did?

WTF?

wow where can we download these songs from? I dont want to buy a CD but I will buy an individual track.

I'm sure I remember you saying that a song for Skyrim wouldn't be done until about January, not that I'm complaining, the earlier the better :D

That was amazing, Gavin. Another epic song under your belt.

Great song bard, passing it along.

My new favourite since mining all day long.

Had some issues loading the video today, maybe it was the ZP traffic. In anycase now that I've heard it...

DAMMIT GAVIN!

Everytime you make a song I want to buy a game. My wallet hates you but my ears love you XD

Susan Arendt:

A Curious Fellow:
See, this is the prime reason I think the new site layout is a huge misstep: This has been up for an hour, (that's a whole hour and yet only an hour, but it's neither sitting pretty on the front page nor attracting any comments) and it's a main site feature... and yet I had to go SEARCHING the site to find it. There's something wrong with that. An update for a prime feature doesn't belong buried in a dropdown menu.

And I only knew to look for it because the facebook app notified me.

Actually, it went up late today due to some technical difficulties. So it wasn't that you couldn't find it - it was that it wasn't there (for which we apologize, naturally).

This is my favorite Miracle of Sound song to date. I pretty much just put it on repeat and listen to it all day.

Hi again Susan.

I agree about the song. It reminds me of Enter the Haggis, actually.

About the site issues: if that's so, then never mind, I was wrong. But while I have your ear, so to speak, why is the new design so white and sparse? I feel like I'm reading writing on the wall of Purgatory, and I still feel like I have to pull teeth to get the site to give me what I used to take for granted. It was easier for something to catch my eye when the content was all up in my face and I wasn't squinting.

I don't mean to seem ungrateful for the product of hard work, but the site seems.... Wii-i-fied.

1: Turn off sound while playing Skyrm
2: Find a dragon
3: Play this music while fighting said dragon

Result: Best experience ever.

Wow, that was awesome.

I have a sudden urge to be quaffing mead, swiving wenches and wielding a mighty sword!

Awesome!

Wow... I don't know what else I can add that hasn't already been said, but this was truly an epic for the ages. When it started off more quietly reflective and instrumental, I was ready for a whole song of that style, and I was perfectly okay with that. But the shifts in the middle and end, coupled with the added effects made by that fancy new tech of yours, wove this song into a story- a story of a hardy Northern land and the blood, sweat, and tears of the men and women who fight every day for their homes and freedom. Simply masterful. I would adore hearing this with some more strings, perhaps even an orchestral arrangement...

This, New Black Gold, and Normandy are all duking it out for my favorite song of yours. May the best song win!

I think I have my new favourite. Thank you sir for another great song! You paced it and just kept it perfect to the theme of Sovngarde. The music, the lyrics, everything was perfect.

You are one of the best video-game artists.

This is simply amazing, and now one of my all time favorite game related songs ever right now. I keep hitting replay, and it isn't on accident.

no fus ro dah? i'm dissapointed :p

I actually expected this song to come out early january.

nice work. ^^

Definitly buying your next album with this song on it:3

LorienvArden:

Something I dislike where the strings in this - It might be because I've listend to a lot of cello lately, but the synth strings during the interlude at 02:00 should have been more promintent and needed more depth to them for my taste. It sounds a bit...shallow. Guitar and drums ~crisp and perfect as always.

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I did apply a frequency scoop to the strings to take out some of their low-mid frequencies. Were it simply a string piece I would have left it, but unfortunately they were taking up too much space in the overall mix when the guitars/bass kicked in.

Formica Archonis:
MoS hit three pages of comments before Wednesday juggernaut ZP did?

WTF?

I had a little help from Bethesda this week ;)

chstens:
I want to buy this song on iTunes, but I can't find it. Why won't you let me give me your money!?

It comes out Dec 21st :)

King British:

I'm slightly plagiarizing the words of Iron Maidens guitarist here but here's my view: All of your songs are wonderfully diverse and each is unique in its own way but they all have a "thread" running through them, and that thread is Miracle of Sound.

Thanks. I don't think this is intentional but most artists do have a common 'feeling' that links most of their work together.

I can never understand how people call my stuff samey when you have bands like Status Quo who use the same 3 chords and melody in every song, bands like Maiden (who I utterly ADORE by the way) who have about 20 songs that have a galloping guitar go Em, C, D... bands like U2 who have made a career from songs that go from A to D for their entire duration... lots of the best artists have an 'identity' and 'connection' between their songs.

EDIT: Also that was awesome that you thought so deeply about it ;)

Gavid Dunne: The greatest enemy the Empire has ever known. I need to contact the general, this cannot be ignored.

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