8 Amazing video game composers that show the best gaming has to offer

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Jeremy Soule

The Elder Scrolls Series

One of the most celebrated video game composers of all time, Soule has often been referred to as the John Williams of video game music. Having written music for games, film, and television, his most notable works in gaming include Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, games from the Harry Potter series, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.

Since the late nineties, Soule’s video game music has won numerous awards from the likes of IGN, GameSpot, the BAFTA Games Awards, MTV, Official Xbox Magazine, and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Though most of his work is symphonic, Soule believes himself to be a well-rounded “musical practitioner” in his desire to write music of all types and genres.

Published Nov. 28th 2015
  • Fuzunga
    Just so you know, Gusty Garden from Super Mario Galaxy was composed by Mahito Yokota. Koji Kondo only composed four songs for that game. He doesn't do a whole lot of composition any more.
  • Joe DeClara
    Featured Contributor
    Hi there! Any chance I could get a source on that? I've done research, and have only turned up the two collaborating, nothing on either specifically being accredited with writing Gusty Gardens (I don't have a hard copy of the OST myself). Definitely don't want such misinformation in my work.

    Thanks for pointing it out!
  • !Xabbu
    Great list.

    And since you included Beethoven, I'll feel free to mention Joe Hisaishi, who did the wonderful soundtrack for Ni No Kuni (couldn't be a Studio Ghibli production without him!).
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I love Jeremy Soule!
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I'mma let you finish, but Transistor is the greatest soundtrack of all time. OF ALL TIME.

    Ok, not really, but it's damn amazing and worth a mention whenever Darren Korb pops up. Bastion was phenomenal and Korb somehow managed to top it, in a different genre, with Transistor. Feast your ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zA1jRmAYfU (And major props to Supergiant for making it so easily accessible on YouTube.)
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Yes, Transistor is fantastic.

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