2006/10/11

The Lost Music of WoW

Many players who start WoW turn off the music at some point. The reasons are manyfold. The music disturbs the audio feedback you need for failed spells, parry etc. and if you quest in one area for a long time the music simply gets repetitive.

However even when you reach level 60 you never turn it back on ... and miss a lot of good music and athmosphere. I turned it back on and visited areas where I have been without music and to my astonishment it is pretty good. In fact when I fly the music actually makes sightseeing even more exciting as it changes for every area I fly over. I pretty much prefer the music over the orc or horde areas which are pretty different from the tunes you hear when flying over alliance territories.

The music also adapts to combat and instances. Fighting a Boss is thrilling with the added tunes, believe me.

Try it out and let me know what you think of the lost art of WoW music.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I realized that too

a long time ago, I cut the music, not because it was bad, but because I've spend so many times in ironforge, it was enough. and I forget to put on again (I listened to some music from my library, or raids speaks or others things and did not think to put back the music when I journeyed in others lands)

I switch on the music again because I was going in BWL for the first time and I was curious to hear.

Later when I went to the goldshire's darkmoon faire with the music still on , I discovered there was also a festive music here. nice!

Anonymous said...

agreed! i was in aq40 last night and turned on the music... it was great! between people griping on vent and good tunes.... hmm... ;-)

Nubreed of Proudmoore said...

Whilst this may be true, the fact of the matter is that the music Blizzard has given us is not in the form of long enough compositions to be able to run in a looping cycle. As such there are often times where there's long periods of silence and this is where I find boredom and tedium creep in. Sure, levelling with the music on was insanely atmospheric (remember Duskwood anyone?) but chewing through Drakanoids in relative silence is pretty mind numbing IMO. I'd much rather have music constantly playing and with very long scores of music this would be possible. As it currently stands though, we're stuck with about 2-3 minutes per piece.