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I've got LOTS of favorites. Let me name a few right here...
'Ballad of Enchantment' is definately one of my favorites, though I'm not sure why. It's certainly lovely, and sets a nice mood for an area that's nice to look at, but also full of things to do.
'Riverside' is nice and calm and relaxing, as is 'Background'. And just about ALL of the tracks in the area near the Fishing Guild. I especially love 'Mellow' and 'Stillwater'.
Diango's Little Helpers: Now this song speaks to me of getting ready for a truly festive occasion. Everyone is very busy and in a rush, but it's clear they love what they're doing, and are looking forward to the celebration to come. Charming and whimsical, it's not only a great theme song for Diango's pixies but a great song to play when hanging up the decorations during the holiday season.
Smorgasbord: Speaks to me of a wonderful celebration ... a truly grand party with friends both old and new. And indeed the 2009 Christmas event was just that, in the end.
Spa Bizarre: Now this definately captures the atmosphere of a quirky resort town where the fun is in full swing, and there's lots to do and much to see.
Magical Journey: Tells me that this is not just some ordinary land I'm travelling through, but one of magic, heroism, drama, and adventure, and that these things are near if you know where to look.
Parade: The original. This song is played on what sounds like a harpsichord and flute, and I can easily imagine it being played at a Ren faire or something similiar. Very nice, and enhances the atmosphere of a place on the outskirts of a medieval town.
Chompy Hunt: A fast-paced chase-type music, speaking of sighting something you're pursuing.
Baroque: Greatly enhances the atmosphere of an elegant, rich neighborhood with a thriving marketplace.
I've got more favorites, but I'll need more notes to talk about them.

09-Apr-2011 20:42:36 - Last edited on 09-Apr-2011 20:49:51 by Darelzel

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More personal favorites of mine:
Serene: Serene is just what the title says for the most part. A nice, serene soundtrack to a quiet and peaceful place. There's a brief hint of 'Barbarianism' in the middle, thus reminding us of serenity's opposite (namely belligerant tension, which 'Barbarianism' speaks of) and thus helping us to appreciate peace and quiet even more.
Stealing Creation: Of all the tracks I've heard, this is the closest that comes to a RuneScape overture. At least TWO previous tracks are recognizably referenced in this one, 'Adventure' and 'Barbarianism'. Basically, it's a music peace that speaks of the world of RuneScape as a whole, and encourages us to think of various different portions of it.
But We Can Fight: This speaks to me on a number of levels ... recalling the emotion of the Chosen Commander quest, the knowledge that the whole Dorgeshuun society was founded on defying the Big High War God, and the determination to resist no matter what. And, ultimately, the triumph of good over evil. And ... well, I could go on and on about this one.
Miracle Dance: This one speaks of an ancient, long forgotten place that still holds much magic for those who know its secrets. Alternating between a slower, moving melody indicating the 'Miracle' portion and the catchy techno beat indicating the 'Dance', it's one I just HAVE to listen to all the way through when I visit the Mind Altar.
Born To Do This: It's truly epic sounding. It sounds like it's saying to the hero that he or she is about to undertake a challenge unlike any they've ever taken before. "Are you up to it?" it asks.
The Art Of Hocus Pocus: Makes me think of Halloween and trick or treating, and the general 'fun spookiness' associated with it. And of course it's also a good theme song for Maggie and her witch colleagues.
Okay, still more in another note, because I have a LOT of favorites.

09-Apr-2011 20:52:48 - Last edited on 09-Apr-2011 20:57:49 by Darelzel

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More of my favorites:
Dead Can Dance: The opening notes and rhythm are not only catchy, but state that something VERY unusual is going on. Indeed, the dead have risen from their graves as zombies and are wandering around the graveyard. The music tenses up in the middle, to reflect the fact that these zombies can be pretty dangerous in large numbers so be careful when observing them. It then resumes its original pace for a while and fades out. I find it a must listen ... and I consider it both a fun piece of music, and great 'theme music' for a large collection of zombies.
Evil Bob's Island: Seems somewhat sinister, and also, if you listen carefully, it MIGHT just sound like an inverted variation of the RuneScape theme. Which would make sense, since the place (Evil Bob's island) is apparently in 'ScapeRune'.
Sea Shanty 2 (Port Sarim): An upbeat instrumental sea shanty that definately speaks of a 'port town' where sailors are loading and unloading cargo from ships, or sitting with drinks at the local seaside tavern. One of my personal favorites.
Conspiracy Part II: This one is very dramatic. It's 'you've stumbled upon a hidden conspiracy and you know too much. Now they're going to try to take you out'. Well, it definately fits that mood, and the tension grows as it goes on. It's a perfect soundtrack for a tense battle with shady characters.
Time Out: This music definately has a sense of urgency. It's a great soundtrack for any activity in which you have a limited amount of time.
On a more relaxing note, there's...
Expanse: This speaks of looking out over a wide open area that's full of life, as well as things to do. And there's even a city on the horizon (it'd probably be Varrock, since this track unlocks there).
Fishing: Good soundtrack for a fishing holiday at the shore.
Animal Apogee: This one is definately soothing and relaxing, and invites one to appreciate the beauty of nature. Something like that.
More favorites later...

09-Apr-2011 20:59:42 - Last edited on 09-Apr-2011 21:12:02 by Darelzel

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Okay, some more tracks I like:
Night of the Vampyre: This one has a great, ominous creepy organ sound. Eerie and ... is gothic the right word here? Anyway, it's a great theme for the Vyrewatch (the flying winged vampires). It suggests that malevolent bloodsuckers are nearby, and you are in their domain. You're on their turf now, so be warned.
Halloween Party: Speaks to me of ... a Halloween party. Or at least people getting ready for one. It certainly captures the right mood.
Wild Isle: Speaks of ... "It's quiet. TOO quiet. Something is very, very, wrong here." A subtlely creepy track there.
Scape Sad: Speaks of a place that was once alive and thriving, but now is barren and lifeless, and a place of evil and death.
Sad Meadow: Speaks to me of a place that has become truly miserable, whose inhabitants are crying for help but you really don't know what you can do to help them.
Moving on to something more cheerful...
Gnomeball: Speaks of a fun pasttime, and athletic competition. It's energetic and upbeat.
Too Many Cooks: Speaks to me of somebody who really loves their work, but perhaps doesn't take it TOO seriously. A fun piece there.
Ancestral Wisdom: Speaks of a place that has gathered dust for centuries. But wisdom is still to be found there, if one knows where to look.
Waiting For the Hunt: Speaks of a waiting experience. Something's going to happen soon, but you'll have to wait first. See if you can pass the time by chatting, or just looking around until it's time for the fast-paced activity to come.
Clan Wars: This one speaks to me of being in a big battle. There may be a whole group of people out there after you and you might not be able to defeat them on your own. It speaks to me of, well, a big battle with several confrontations and pursuits going on.
More favorites later... (I do have plenty of favorites, and I like talking about why I like them) :)

12-Apr-2011 01:36:52 - Last edited on 12-Apr-2011 01:47:48 by Darelzel

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Okay, more favorites...
Land of Snow: Speaks to me of childhood days where snow turned our world into a winter wonderland, with snowmen and snowball fights everywhere. Great theme for the Land of Snow, and a great song for the winter season.
Winter Funfare: Speaks of ... well, the fun side of winter. Sledding, sleigh riding, ice skating. It's pretty good, though the track Land of Snow (which has a similiar theme about the sense of magic and wonder about winter and snow) still outranks it on my personal favorites list.
Wander: Not to be confused with Wonder, this is a song that speaks to me of just wandering around the countryside, taking in the sights as we pass by. It's good travelling music.
Wonder: This one unlocks just north of the Zamorak temple at the west entrance to the Wilderness, and reflects looking around at an empty, barren wasteland wondering about just what caused it to become the way it is now .. a lifeless, sad, place.
Harmony: Speaks of a small, but very active and prosperous town where there's a lot to do. Later on, there are a few drumbeats hinting that there may be some less pleasant things around the edges of the town (in this case, it'd be the goblins and the ruined buildings), but all in all, it's a good place if you're looking for work, or quests, or places to shop at.
Looking Back: This one is a slight variation on Scape Original, and unlocks in the Varrock Museum. Thus, it seems to invite one to look back at not only the in-game history of Gielinor, but the history of RuneScape the game.
And of course I like Scape Soft and Scape Original, too. Scape Santa and Scape Scared are fun variants.
That's all for now. If I can think of any more favorites, I'll post them in here.

14-Apr-2011 23:07:55 - Last edited on 14-Apr-2011 23:19:27 by Darelzel

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Okay, as a RuneScape music afficianado, I've listed several of my favorites.
But here are some suggestions for future variants of old favorites, in the vein of 'Sea Shanty XMAS' and the 'Honky Tonky' variants.
Winter Voyage: This would be a Christmas/winter variation of 'Autumn Voyage'.
Nightfall before XMAS: A holiday variant of 'Nightfall'.
Winter Wander: A holiday variant of 'Wander'.
And oh, since Mod Bond is in charge of a lot of the music, I expect the next penguin quest to have some James Bond music pastiches, given the general 'espionage' theme. :)

04-Jun-2011 15:10:09

Darelzel

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Lyrics? I can think of lyrics for the Etcetera song, but all I've thought of is 'You sing high and I'll sing low' or something like that.
Of course, I think most of the songs don't really need lyrics. They're great instrumental pieces of music. Of course people can probably do their own versions of the song with lyrics as long as they give Jagex credit for the original versions the songs are based on.
Personally, I think the RuneScape soundtrack has some of the best instrumental game music around. It's up there with the soundtracks to the 3D Zelda games (Ocarina of Time to Twilight Princess), among others.
I already listed many of my favorites earlier in the thread.

04-Sep-2011 22:41:47 - Last edited on 04-Sep-2011 22:43:15 by Darelzel

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"I recently got the task at hand and its amazing."
I recently unlocked The Task At Hand myself, and I agree. That one's a tough one to unlock, but it's worth it. It has a grand, overture type feel to it. It speaks to me of travelling from one end of a vast land to the other, meeting lots of people, and doing lots of stuff.
You can look at my previous messages in this thread to see what my favorites are. But a few new ones I can add to the list are The Task At Hand, the entire One Piercing Note soundtrack, and the following:
Love Story: Very beautiful and moving, and reflective. Speaks of looking back at a past love, pondering the good times and the bad.
Love Lost: Very somber, speaking of a happier time that's now lost, and a present that's now full of bitterness, sadness, and regret.
On a lighter note...
Taverly Folk, both of them: Like 'Parade', 'Flute Salad', and every song performed by Valerio's troubadour band, these are fun pieces that I can easily imagine being played at a Ren Faire.

09-Feb-2012 17:07:42

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"please add another 20-30 slots on the music "favorites" and maybe a way to split it into tabs. Something like a "calm music" playlist, an "epic boss fight" playlist would be so amazing."
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I agree. That would be nice. It'd be nice to have different playlists for different occasions. Currently, my playlist is filled with what I consider to be 'calm' music or 'travelling' music like Magical Journey, Autumn Voyage, Wander, and Ballad of Enchantment.

03-Mar-2012 18:48:51

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Okay, here's my pick for 'Best new music tracks of 2012'...
The RuneSpan music tracks. These are all beautiful and relaxing, and add greatly to the magical atmosphere.
Followed by 'Taverley Folk' and 'Taverley Frolics'. These are fun, lighthearted bits of music.

03-May-2012 15:58:11

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Well, I still have great affection for the old songs, though a few of the new ones are favorites, too.

As for the music released in 'The World Wakes', some of it is ... all right. Some is rather forgettable compared to their equivalents in previous quests.

But 'Memories of Guthix' is brilliant. It's very moving and emotional, coming at one of the most emotional moments ever in the history of RuneScape: The bittersweet moment where we finally meet Guthix and learn of his tragic past.

Seriously, that moment alone is worth doing the quest for. The whole thing made me feel very teary. And the music greatly enhanced the moment.

When describing RuneScape music, I often describe how each track 'speaks' to me. And here I'll do it with Memories of Guthix.

Memories of Guthix: Speaks of a long, long history, and much tragedy. It fills us with a sense of loss and sadness for people and places now long gone. It also speaks of wishing that we learn the lessons of the past so that such tragedies do not happen again.

16-Mar-2013 21:33:09

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There are a few 'orchestrated' tracks that I like ('Memories of Guthix' is good, for one).

But I still love the synthesized tracks I mentioned in my prior replies in this thread. I worry about the future -- I want to still be able to hear those tracks whenever I want to, and not worry about them being replaced by versions that sound very different. A particular music track is not automatically better because it's orchestrated.

I'd prefer being able to hear 'Stillwater' either as the original synthesized version or as an orchestrated track, and having a choice of which one to play. I don't want the version I like taken away and a new version that might not be as good forced on me. And I use 'Stillwater' as an example because it's a track that is NOT in Old School RuneScape, so people can't tell me to go there if I want to hear it.

Anyway, if new versions of old songs are going to come into the game, I want the old versions to still be playable on my music player.

09-Apr-2013 19:06:13

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One Voice is a particular favorite of mine from the Arc music tracks. It's a song that gets stuck in my head all day.

The weird thing about vocal tracks (and a few instrumental tracks like the Misthalin Mood tracks, Kharidian Bustle, and Violinsanity) is that they sound like they SHOULD be 'diegetic' music like Valerio's Song, Traveller's Tale and Troubadour Dance. I've even thought this as far back as the original Parade, which I felt was played by a small group of musicians at the Jolly Boar tavern northeast of Varrock. (This was before the 'Honky Tonky' tracks came out).

So yes, I imagine One Voice performed by a band with seasinger vocalists that entertains at Waiko marketplace.

12-Oct-2016 14:50:26

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The Misthalin Mood tracks seem like they should be diagetic tracks (that is, played by NPC musicians like the Valerio band). That being said, I greatly enjoy them.

Misthalin Mood III especially feels like it could be played by a World music band that might perform at Renaissance Festivals. In fact, I'd recommend it to a few bands to play, though they'd probably owe Jagex some royalties if they did play it.

15-May-2017 00:28:42

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Let's see ... some more favorites.

Sliske's Cellmate: Reminiscent of Jeremy Soule's score for Secret of Evermore (similar influences, I guess), this track perfectly scores having to work with someone who you know is hiding a lot from you and can't be entirely trusted. I like this track so much that when I do the Black Marketeer/Death Lotus assassins event at Ports, I put this track on as the soundtrack, as it works very well as a soundtrack for shady business.

Sailor's Heart (instrumental): It's similar to 'Down By the Docks' from OSRS, and is a good addition to the many 'port town' musics we have. It and Sailing Day have a spot on my 'Runescape sea/port' music playlists alongside High Seas, Landlubber, Stick Your Oar In, Shanty Instrumental, and so on.

The Sailor's Heart: Love this song. Mod Wolf (?) is great as the sailor singing about the pleasures and hardships of the Menaphite sailors. I love the spoken lines such as "Yes we did!" , and the more triumphant sounding last verse where, despite all the hardships mentioned in the previous verses (sea monsters, clashes between Admiral Wadud and the captains, smugglers and slavers and other unpleasant characters), it's clear that he still loves the sailing life.

20-Jan-2018 23:23:19 - Last edited on 20-Jan-2018 23:26:17 by Darelzel

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I must say I like the new Spring Fayre music. 'Fun of the Fayre' was interesting with its working in of classic RuneScape themes, but it was kind of, well, grating after a while.

But I like the new music even better. The 'Fete' music and 'The Brass is Always Greener' (despite the pun in the title that doesn't make sense) are wonderful new tracks that never get old, and are fun to listen to while providing a great soundtrack to the Fayre. And 'Shanty-Social Behavior' and 'Mudskipper Calliope' are great new takes on old favorites.

06-Apr-2018 22:32:47

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Zeno3399 said:
I like Spirit in varrock :D


I prefer the original 'Spirit'. It had the better ending, with the piano and the gradual fadeout.

The 2013 RS3 'Spirit' doesn't have the same magic. It has a different ending, with a more military style of drumbeat that just isn't as relaxing as the original. Why wasn't the original ending translatable?

06-Apr-2018 22:34:55

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One of the best 'sad' tracks is Lament of the Hallowed. It works so perfectly in the situations where it plays in-game: At the Icyene graveyard, and later on when a character we've known for a long time expires from his injuries.

A beautiful, emotional piece of music.

27-Jul-2018 01:59:55

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Mueez said:
I usually play on mute but... the song A Malice Unleashed from ED2 is amazing~

Classic favorite has to be Baroque though, goes hand in hand with the medieval fantasy theme :D


Indeed it does. It certainly captures the mood of an upper-class medieval setting.

07-Nov-2018 16:56:39

Darelzel

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Nead said:
Years ago I used to crap on the RuneScape music.

Clearly, I had no idea how true music was meant to sound. With that said, I've become more and more fond of the RuneScape audio. Clearly, alot of passion and dedication went into it. Apologies and thanks, folks. Good stuff.


- As for a favorite, definitely Wending Through the Willows. Vocals are on-point.


Very beautiful, with some enigmatic lyrics.

15-Dec-2018 00:47:10

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