The Skyrim soundtrack consists of predominantly orchestral music. Stylistically it is similar to the soundtracks of many other films, games and TV shows that fall into the fantasy genre. Large orchestras and choirs are used in order to achieve a sense of epicness, and scale – it is a great example of immersive music, transporting you to a fantasy world. 

Skyrim soundtrack composer, Jeremy Soule, recorded a 30 piece male choir for the games epic main theme “Dragonborn”, and layered it three times to create the effect of a 90 person choir. However, though the choir is real, the orchestral instruments in the soundtrack were all recorded digitally by Soule. Instead of recording live instruments Soule played digital instruments himself using a MIDI keyboard.

However, not all the tracks in the Skyrim soundtrack have the same epicness as “Dragonborn”, each piece is designed to play at different points in the game, and so, every song has a mood and tone to fit.

For example, the angelic choral piece “Dawn” only plays when you are outside during the day time, whereas the anxious and epic “Tooth and Claw” plays when you are engaged in a battle. Video game soundtracks have to adapt to what the player is doing, and this is something Soule did expertly well here.