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.

‘Andalusian Rhapsody’ by SoundTeMP/Gim Junseong

Summary

A melodic yet exciting electronic piece with mild Spanish themes. Composed for the Korean MMORPG Granado Espada.

Genre(s)

Trance or electronic, but the main melody sounds slightly baroque.

Mood

Fast-paced, melodic, and dramatic.

My favourite part

From 2:57 to the end. A very satisfying climax.

Criticism

The introduction is fine, but the part in the middle—from about 1:00 to 3:00—sounds bloated. It’d sound better if it was trimmed.

Similar music

For an energetic track with Spanish flair, listen to a rock version of Uematsu Nobuo’s ‘Vamo’ alla flamenco’, performed by The Black Mages.

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