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Jeremy Soule

Jeremy Soule Instruments: Piano, Violin, Viola
Joined Square: 1995 (left in 1996)
Game Works: Secret of Evermore, Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars
Official Web Site: Jeremy Soule.com


Note: This biography was written exclusively for Square Enix Music Online by Z-Freak and Chris and is under copyright.

American-born composer Jeremy Soule is simply a prodigy, having learnt to read and write music before he could even write his own name. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years taking special courses to attain his dream of becoming a composer. His dream eventually became realised when Square hired him in 1994 when he was only 19. In 1995, Jeremy and his younger brother Julian composed the music for the Super Nintendo game Secret of Evermore, which was released only in America and Europe. Unfortunately, Secret of Evermore flopped, continuing to be plagued by criticism even today. This was no reflection on its music, which was mostly of ambient nature. Though Secret of Evermore was his first and last work for Square, he still clearly admires the work of other Square composers, having spectacularly created a remix of Nobuo Uematsu's "Tina" in December 2003.

Soule left Square after being informed that the Nintendo 64 was still cartridge-based, as he longed for CD-based media in order to implement more elements of his work more effectively. He was able to do exactly that by creating the scores for a string of popular PC games, which feature orchestral-style music and superb sound quality. Such games included Icewind Dale, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Dungeon Siege, Prey, Supreme Commander, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Unreal Warfare, Unreal II, and Guild Wars. He is also well-known for composing for several Harry Potter games, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and SOCOM. As well, he has collaborated with Rob King of Heroes of Might and Magic fame on EverQuest Online Adventures alongside several other composers.

As well as composing for so many popular games, he has also achieved recognition from some of the greatest musicians in the industry with a series of prestigious awards and award nominations. The most prominent of these was winning a BAFTA award for best game music score for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He has also received three other BAFTA nominations for his scores to other Harry Potter games and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. As well as this, his distinguished company, Artistry Entertainment, was named the most distributed provider of original game music for the entertainment industry by NPD. Having achieved so much already, his work will continue to give game music international acclaim it deserves.

List of Relevant Game Projects

Year Game / Role Console
1995 Secret of Evermore (Square USA / Square)
Composition / Arrangement
Super Nintendo

List of Covered Albums

Album Title Catalog No.
PLAY! A Video Game Symphony Live! PLAY-CD
Secret of Evermore Complete Soundtrack SQ207