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“The Elder Songs” is a music expansion mod which adds new music to the game. All tracks are written by myself and are highly immersion friendly. They're created explicitly for this mod and are not used elsewhere. These songs are designed to imitate the style & mood of the original score.

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“The Elder Songs” is a music expansion mod which adds new music to the game. All tracks are written by myself and are highly immersion friendly. My personal goal was to compose tracks that almost fit seamlessly into the game. This is an ongoing project and it will be updated in the future. It covers all of the music types. 

All tracks are explicitly written for this mod and are not used elsewhere. The only purpose of this project is to help the music repertoire feel less repetitive after playing this game for all these years, without ruining the immersion.
Of course this task is beyond legendary difficulty, thanks to the god among men, called Jeremy Soule. No one will ever come close to his compositions. But maybe after almost 10 years you want some fresh air in your game after all? This is my chance to shine, and probably I will fail miserably! 

I even aimed for the same Mixing / Mastering style of the original tracks, to sound closer to the rest of the tracks. Again, all for the immersion and seamlessness!


This is a project from deep of my heart. Will you join my on this adventure?









We're in Season 2. Two Albums so far done. The mod contains more than 44 minutes of new music.
!WIP The mod has more than 84 minutes of new music. /!WIP
This is the complete track list:

!WIPNOT RELEASED YET
The Elder Songs III: Destruction:
1. Dovahkilled - Combat
2. Breezehome - Town
3. This Is Our Land - Castle
4. Amongst The Draugr - Dungeon General
5. You Cannot Rest - Combat
6. My Dearest Camilla - Tavern
7. Dead Air - Dungeon Cave
8. Above The Clouds - Explore Day
9. Bad Time To Get Lost - Dungeon Fort
10. When Enemies Are Nearby - Combat
11. Times Of Need - Tavern
12. In Kaarstag's Steps - Dungeon Ice
13. Jarl's Throne - Castle
14. Dragon Of The North - Main Menu Replacer
/!WIP

The Elder Songs II: Illusion:
1. The Air We Breathe - Exploring at night
2. Even Colder - Dungeon Ice
3. Play Something Cheerful Mikael - Tavern
4. I Think I Heard Something - Dungeon Fort/Bandits
5. Mushrooms And Monsters - Dungeon Cave
6. You Should Rest And Meditate - Exploring at night, Town at night
7. With The Power Of Thousand Voices - Combat Boss/Dragon

The Elder Songs I:
1. Nature's Grasp - Exploring
2. Dragonborn - Combat Boss/Dragon
3. The Grumpy Giant - Tavern
4. My Frozen Kingdom - Exploring
5. What Lies Beneath The Mountains - Dungeon General
6. Snowy Roofs - Town
7. Let The Iron Sing - Combat
8. War Has Torn Us Apart - Exploring




The short answer would be: NO. Music mods are not compatible to each other.

Music mods are not compatible to each other without a patch. If you want to know more about it read my article.

New locations with new custom music is compatible if there are no changes to the vanilla music system.
Big mods like Beyond Skyrim: Bruma or Beyond Reach are compatible via my patch. Read the instructions.


Not sure if your favorite mod is compatible with TES? Ask me! I'll check it out for you.
*Attention* Update 3.0 a.k.a Season 3 will get some serious compatibility changes and additional compatibility patches. Please wait just a little bit longer!

"Will your music be played in Bruma or Beyond Reach with the patch?"
No, my music will not be played in Bruma. Bruma's music will not be played in Skyrim also. But you still need the patch to ensure that everything works just like the authors of Bruma intended it to do. In Reach on the other hand there will be some of my music. Because it uses the Vanilla Music Types. 

"Your music is not playing in Solstheim or in the Dawnguard DLC!"
This is intentional. I have plans adding custom music to the Dawnguard DLC. But they have no priority for now. After the big update/Season 3 I will be able to do some crazy changes to this mod. Solstheim is likely not getting any custom music, because I don't want to interfere the Morrowind music!

The game doesn't like spamming reload. If you reload to often in a row it's possible to hear other music like the vanilla score or my music. Or you end up hearing no music at all. In this case don't panic and wait a while until the game fixes itself.





Yes!
You can use my music for your own mods as long you will give me proper credit. Please let me know if you're using some of my work. I'm always curious what you do with it! 

You have a project outside of Nexusmods or even Skyrim? Even then you could use these songs. Again, credit and please let me know!

I've uploaded the studio versions on the Skyrim Special Edition Version of my Mod. Check the Miscellaneous files. They have the maximum quality, the original volume and they are in the .WAV format.

"I like your music. Is this on Spotify or Apple Music?"
Yes it is! My music is on Itunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other platforms. 

"And why do you sell the albums on the music stores while offering the albums here for free?"
Well there's always the possibility to support me and the mod via buying the music or even streaming the songs from time to time. 
But just playing with this mod is more than I could ever ask for.





Absolutely! 
You can use all of my tracks on Youtube, Twitch, etc. All songs, not only "The Elder Songs", are royalty free. There’s no automated scanning going on and you won’t get a claim from my record label (dayum, that sounds impressive! It almost seems like that I’m a professional musician!)

For all the german content creators: I'm not part of the GEMA. So you can use my music literally everywhere! Even singing along in the shower while blasting the songs!




That’s true, we don’t need another one. And there are far better ones than mine.
My only noteworthy ability is creating music. I'm very passionate about it. I like what I'm doing and I want to become better at it. 

This is a good possibility to go beyond my limits and reach new levels.


"Why now? Skyrim came out in 2011…"
I’ve always wanted to a mod like this. But never felt quite good enough for such an ambitious project. Heck, even now I still think that way. But if you want to get better at something… do something! Playing the game again recently only reinforced my desire to do this. In fact I've already tried to make this possible a couple years ago, but my composing skill were very limited and I quickly canceled the project.


Enough rubbish!


Thank you for all the kind words! Can't thank you enough! I will put your positive energy in future updates!