In 2009, BioWare released Dragon Age: Origins. The acclaimed role-playing video game would become the first in a hit series that transports players to the fantasy world of Thedas, which is filled with everything from mages and rogues to elves and dwarves. Fittingly, such a memorable game came with an equally classic soundtrack, which includes some of my favorite tracks ever featured in a game.
Composed by Inon Zur, the Origins soundtrack is one of just a few video game albums I listen to all the time. I love the thrill and sense of adventure even just the first notes of the theme inspire. The first half of the album is my favorite. It includes spectacular works like “The Chantry’s Hubris,” “Elves at the Mercy of Man,” “The Dwarven Nobles” and “Mages in Their Chantry.” Its epic fantasy feel isn’t limited to its instrumental aspects, either. There are also great vocals within a number of the tracks, thanks to a choir and Aubrey Ashburn. She brilliantly captures the tone of Dragon Age in her songs, especially the ones that prominently feature her singing, such as the high fantasy and dark fantasy versions of “I Am the One” and “Lelianna’s Song.”
I enjoy listening to soundtracks while I write, and I often find myself drawn to the music of Dragon Age: Origins. Usually this means listening to select tracks, depending on the article I’m working on, but it doesn’t always have to be work-related. It also provided some great inspirational listening while writing the backstory of my Dungeons & Dragons character!
The soundtrack features a fantastic mix of fantasy music with some truly exceptional tracks. Even if you’ve never played the game before, it’s worth a listen if you love fantasy music. Long before the first track you hear is done, you’ll feel like you’re in another world, about to embark on an adventure.