Wednesday, December 25, 2019

MIDI Week Singles: "Snow" - The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (PC)

"Snow" from The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall on the PC (1996)
Composer: Eric Heberling
Album: Daggerfall: Music of Tamriel
Label: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Bethesda Softworks

I wanted to use a song that while not necessarily having to do with Christmas even though that happens to be today, but something that encapsulated the season that we now find ourselves in.  One song that quickly came to mind was this one, which is used in both The Elder Scrolls: The Arena and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, but I decided to feature it from this particular game, mainly because I have not beaten it despite by handful of attempts.

What I like about this music, is that outside of the context of the game, I feel like there is a sense of winter here.  The jingling of the bells that begin with the song and continue throughout, to me at least are very much associated with snow, sleighs, and Christmas, which are typical of winter.  Even the melody which starts out simple enough with a flute-like instrument and then builds to include the digital orchestra seems to embody the sense of pine tree forest on rolling hillsides the morning after fresh snow has blanketed the surrounding landscape.  There is no sense of danger, only wonder and the beginnings of adventure.

Or at least that is the feeling I get while listening to this song.

~JWfW/JDub/Cooking Crack/Jaconian
At The Edge Of The World

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