In Extremis

Soundtrack Saturday: Dec.28

Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Scape Santa” from Runescape. I thought that during the Earth holiday season this might be appropriate.

The game originally debuted in 2001, though this track was not released until 2004. Part of the game in March, the track was first played in the Christmas event that year, and has seen revisions over time. I have yet to cover any of Runescape’s music–and there is a lot, so this felt like a fitting start.

Frequent but not consistent rhythms of sleigh bells add to the wintry feel of the track, along with a glockenspiel and orchestral chimes that trade off as part of a melody/counter melody in alternating sections to a more lyrical melody that is played by strings. While it does not quote any Earth holiday music, it does augment Runescape’s traditional rhythm section and background instrumentation, and it is surprising how much heavy use of sleigh bells and metallic percussion can invoke a holiday/winter feeling.

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