Opus 2

Why is The Witcher 3 soundtrack so brilliant? I know this isn’t related to my composing (or if it is, then only vaguely so), but it has to be said. I can’t believe this soundtrack was published for two years before I heard of it. Shame on me. I obviously haven’t been googling hard enough.

It all started when I browsed YouTube for background music that I could read and study to. I discovered a video of tavern music which had some tracks from the Witcher 3 soundtrack in it. The rest, as they say, is history.

I’m completely hooked. As I said on Twitter, this is the worst soundtrack addiction to hit me since I drooled over Final Fantasy VII‘s music. Just when I thought that my listening life was getting dull, too.

The best thing for me about the Witcher 3 soundtrack is that it’s non-Western music which is of an extraodinary quality. (The music is European, but it’s Polish.) I have nothing against Western music, but after thousands of listens, it does all tend to blur together. This soundtrack is exactly what I needed to invigorate my ears and my enthusiasm.

It appeals to me as an Easterner, too. It’s all very odd because my homeland (the Republic of Korea) has no historical connection with Poland. But something about the way the vocalists sing and the musicians play in the music just reaches into me.

I became so obsessed with the game’s soundtrack that I bought the books that the games are based on. I’m enjoying them, too. I’m feeling so fond of them that I’m even considering buying the games which the books inspired, a first for me. I must be in love or something.

As for ‘Into Winter’, my second piece, I am close to wrapping everything up. Just a few more hours in it, and it’ll be done. I’m so proud of this piece. I can hear the imperfections in it, but unlike with ‘Onwards‘, I’ve tried hard to deliver my best. ‘Into Winter’ represents where I stand as a composer right now.

2 thoughts on “Opus 2

  1. I’ve heard a few tracks from The Witcher 3 and really love what I’ve heard, I’ll definitely have to check out the rest of it after you’ve praised it so highly. I know what you mean about finding music that inspires your own music, that happens to me a lot when I hear the Final Fantasy soundtracks. I want to pick up The Witcher books also, I didn’t even know they existed until a little while back!

    Some music just resonates with you, for sure. I know Irish/Celtic music is music I adore and I’m not even remotely Irish XD

    Nice to hear your second piece is turning out so well, can’t wait to hear it!

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    • The strange thing is that the Witcher 3 soundtrack isn’t the sort of stuff I usually listen to, yet I fell in love with it at first listen. I’ve built my love of other musical genres, such as classical and J-pop, slowly over the years, but I didn’t have to do that here. The music is intense and often quite dark, given the nature of the story it accompanies. Again, that’s not what I usually go for, but I love it anyway.

      Not all of the music was released as part of the soundtrack. There are some pieces you can only hear on YouTube. I think ‘The Wolven Storm‘ (also known as Priscilla’s Song) might be your kind of music. It sounds similar to the songs I’ve heard you cover.

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