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SWTOR Music Suite

SilentWave's Avatar

03.30.2013 , 01:15 PM | #1

Dear Fellow SWTOR Fans,

As a professional musician, I spent many hours over a period of 3 days compositing a musical arrangement of 42 of my favorite musical selections from the music of SWTOR. First, I obtained .ogg sound files from the game, then I converted them to .wav files, then I organized them by their starting and ending keys and styles by placing each in an appropriately-named folder, then I listened to them all very carefully again and arranged them in color-coded folders using a double-coloring method (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Gray, used both for each folder and for each sequential set of these colored folders, so Red Red, Red Orange... Red Gray, then Orange Red, Orange Orange... and so on, until Gray Gray, but if you do the math, I didn't quite get that far). After I determined the best order for each sound file in the suite, I moved each wav file into a numbered folder, sorted 0 to 41. Then, I edited each wav sound using Amadeus Pro (a mac sound editing application), mostly using crossfades to align the sounds similarly to how I had envisioned them during the color-coding organization process. The result? I give you, SilentWave's SWTOR Suite:

MP3 version (44.3 MB):
WAV version (401 MB):

I already shared this with Customer Support a few weeks ago but did not hear back. If what I did is frowned-upon, I understand deleting this topic. As I mentioned in my message to Customer Support, I hope this suite is useful to BioWare or LucasArts. In particular, I would like to recommend it used as the game-loading music, but it being useful in other ways would be just as nice. And certainly they could do a better job than I could. Since it does involve working with the game's music, if anyone from BioWare is interested in which particular music files I used, here is the list, but these would of course still be in .ogg format rather than in .wav format:

Since it is probably not obvious to just anyone reading this topic, I will assert that it is generally a bad idea to even go messing with the game data... that list of filenames is only meant for the sound engineers at BioWare, and for the rest of us fans, again, don't go messing with the game files. Even exploring the game files would -- in your mind -- change the game experience in a way that makes it no longer enjoyable, take my word for it. I'm known for modding other games and in other games it can be fun, but not with SWTOR. And besides, you'll notice I didn't mod or hack anything, so even discussions of that sort would be off-topic, so I'm saying just don't go there in replies to this topic. OK, I think I made my point.

Anyway, enjoy the suite, and of course all credit goes to those who did the real work here, not myself (even though this does reflect upon my musical expertise and took several days).

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03.30.2013 , 01:20 PM | #2
The music is organized programmatically, as in telling a story. The duration is just under 40 minutes, which means it is suitable for a television episode. This reminds me that a guild member mentioned how they thought LucasArts should do a TV series with animation quality the same as the class introductory movies at the start of SWTOR. Perhaps this suite could be used for one such episode?

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03.30.2013 , 01:34 PM | #3

I'm listening to it as we speak. Very nice arrangement.

I actually had planned on converting those files myself, but I had heard from multiple sources that it was illegal, so I didn't wanna take my chances

But I downloaded your suite before they had the chance to possibly take it down :P

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03.30.2013 , 01:35 PM | #4
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03.30.2013 , 01:45 PM | #5
/Standing Ovation

Good sir, I applaud you for this wonderful musical arrangement, been looking for something like this for a VERY long time.
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03.30.2013 , 02:00 PM | #6

As I understand it, in SWTOR, which uses .ogg files, each music track has a strategically-placed marker in it which lets the game determine when exactly to loop that sound file or queue the next track. That's how the game does its playlists, and that's why I mentioned the list of music file names for the BioWare sound engineers to reference (of course, the filenames are encrypted, but they'll know what I'm talking about). As for me with this suite, the main method of going from one track to the next was by using a crossfade. I had some other adjustments to add along the way, but I kept those to a minimum as I could.

Also, about the programmatic theme, I envision it like this: you have the opening few selections which depict the typical starwars introduction with its main starwars theme. After the starwars theme, you have a calm selection which shows the Republic planets like Coruscant at peace. After this is a dramatic transition where a chaotic event occurs, such as explosions or some jedi turning to the dark side or along those lines. The first militaristic selection right after that is the Republic armies preparing for war. The next one, introduced by horns, is the respective Republic Fleets preparing for war. When you get the "washy" selections, those depict space travel, most notably of our protagonist heroes, which go on ahead of the fleet. At about 11 minutes 25 seconds into it, you get a skirmish with the Imperial Fleet, and then at around 13 minutes, the perspective switches to the Imperial fleet, and the storyline continues with epic battles through to the finish, where as usual the Republic side wins and there is the traditional ceremony.

My favorite transition is from the Sith empire to the heroic moment at 14:48.

You'll notice how the first two selections are the first two selections in the game startup; I tried to align them as similarly to each other as they are in the game.

I waited two weeks before posting it here in case Customer Support had anything to say in reply to my sending it to them.

SilentWave's Avatar

03.30.2013 , 02:50 PM | #7
Did you notice how it starts and ends on the same note, and therefore works well as a loop? (The pitch is a D).

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03.30.2013 , 07:36 PM | #8
So i listened to it all the way through, but only just now have had the time to reply.

First off I would just like to thank you for putting this arrangement together and that it was VERY well done.

My only "complaint" for lack of a better word..perhaps critique would be a better word?..was that there was none of the romance music in there. And while it might be argued that this arrangement did not call for any such music, I personally would have enjoyed the 6 minutes of romance music that was put together on Youtube awhile ago (that was for some reason taken down). But again, that is my own personal opinion that I would have liked to have heard it somewhere in that arrangement.

On that subject..does anyone happen to know the songs that were used in the romance sections of SWTOR? I know all they used were different "romance" songs from the movies..but I only remember two of the songs they used:

Yoda and the Younglings
Anakin and Padme

are the two that I know of..can anyone post on here the other songs used? I would be most thankful

on topic, just to reiterate..phenomenal arrangement, and very well put together, and I can't thank you enough for publicly sharing it. It immediately went on my ipod and I will listen to it often.
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03.31.2013 , 05:01 PM | #9
I only chose the particular ones that inspired me to start this project in the first place: especially the trumpet part in the selection heard at 37:28 in this suite, and some of the later operations and flashpoint music. That trumpet part I heard first as the shuttle music for the republic shuttle to The False Emperor flashpoint, where you start inside the Imperial hangar area, and I said to myself, "I've got to record that or get a hold of that transition music!"

I'll listen to some of the "romance" music, as it seems to be called, and maybe put together a suite for those selections also. I'm not familiar with any musical compilations on YouTube except that one machinima that was posted recently here.

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03.31.2013 , 05:41 PM | #10
can i dowload it so i don't have to keep the tab open to listen to it?
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