There’s a one-night-only Skyrim concert coming to London in November, where fans of the game’s soundtrack can gather in London Palladium to listen to the musical stylings of the Winterhold Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
There’s a problem. The game’s original composer, Jeremy Soule, didn’t even know the concert was happened ahead of the news breaking on Kotaku. He doesn’t seem best pleased, either.
"Concert? What concert?" Soule said on a post on his official Facebook page. "Anyone that knows me also knows that I care passionately about the integrity of my music. Skyrim took years for me to compose and it was constructed very carefully. Today, I’m seeing reports of a concert of "Skyrim". This is the first I’ve heard of it. For the record, this concert has nothing to do with me, nor are they are using any of my original scores. They had to transcribe whatever notation they are performing by ear from the recordings. This is a flawed process as transcriptions are always fraught with errors. To be sure, I don’t know who these people are and I don’t endorse a concert that is trading on my name and music that has absolutely no oversight or involvement on my part."
This would make sense, from the Kotaku article "Skyrim in Concert features brand new arrangements of composer Jeremy Soule’s award-winning original Skyrim score, with promised pieces including Far Horizons,The Streets of Whiterun and the main theme, Dragonborn."
Soule closed his post with a warning to his fans: "I just want you to know what you’re getting if you pay to attend this concert. Be wary."
Update: Jeremy Soule gave us an exclusive statement:"Any performance of my work that has involved notational transcriptions derived from recordings by a third party has contained errors. These errors have been very pronounced. For an entire concert of my music to be mounted with nary a word from anyone means that the outcome is likely to be a degraded facsimile of my work. While I have no issues with people that make covers and interesting arrangements of my music, — Gary the Dog being no exception — to say this is a Skyrim concert is inaccurate. It is a Skyrim cover concert. I’m the only authority in the world on the music of Skyrim. And at over five hours of music, Skyrim was no trivial effort even as it is loved around the world. I want my fans to have the best experience in a live performance of my music. I also don’t want to be attributed to something of which I’ve not been involved. And for this reason alone, I couldn’t remain quiet about this situation. And ironically, I’m conscious of the fact that I’ve probably only helped to sell tickets to the event by raising my concerns."