The theme song for The Elder Scrolls series has always been distinctive but producer Todd Howard wanted something even more distinct for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. We get a look at how he came up with a “barbarian choir” singing in the language of the dragon in a new making of video released on Thursday for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
“I had this idea that the music for Skyrim would be the Elder Scrolls theme, but sung by a barbarian choir,” said Howard. “So I called Jeremy Soule who does our music, and told him, and he was like ‘Okay, what are they singing’? They are singing this song in the Dragon language to the theme of Elder Scrolls.”
Howard tasked senior designer Emil Pagliarulo to take existing the Elder Scrolls lyrics and not only translate the words to the language of the dragons, but make the words rhyme as well. It took Pagliarulo a weekend and some heated meade to come up with the reworked lyrics.
The Skyrim song wasn’t the only thing that got reworked from Oblivion. The number of voice actors involved in the game went from a paltry twelve in The Elder Scrolls IV to over 70 in the Bethesda’s latest that includes notable names such as Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow, Joan Allen and Linda Carter.
Check out “The Sounds of Skyrim” video in our video gallery to find out more.
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