53 comments on “Medieval II Total War (2006)

  1. I can’t open any of the music files. Every time i click on a link it says ” Looks like you have a problem here sir/madam. You sure you have the right place? Maybe you got a little lost? Maybe you’re looking for something you’re not supposed to find? Either way, just go search for it, it can’t hurt.”

  2. Mr. van Dyck, I love your music in Total War, you did an amazing job in each game. Thank you for your hard work, I think it really paid off.

  3. Mr. van Dyck
    Your music has inspired me to go to college to major in history. Your music in these games make history come alive. Thank you very much.

    P.S. The Teutonic soundtrack is the best

  4. Mister Van Dyck is there any way that you can upload the game lancher music, i belive its called “The widow” ?

  5. Dear Mr. van Dyck,

    yesterday I saw the german documentary report “Mit Schwert und Kreuz” about Charlemagne. At one point I was wondering about the music I´ve heard, as I was sure to know it from “Medieval II”. So I searched in google and found on your wonderful page that I had listened your musical piece “Amen”. I think it´s wonderfull to hear your music not only in computer games, but also in tv documentations.

    As I play the Total War Games since the first game “Shogun”, I allways loved the great music in this games. My absolute favorite is your music to “Rome Total War”. So I ´m looking forward to a “Rome II” with new music from you.

    • Sorry, but I can’t take credit for the music in that documentary. The composer who did that show must have used to the same voice sample library as I did on Med II. Thanks for the heads up though 🙂

  6. Dear Mr Van Dyck
    at the start of the medieval 2 total war intro there is a hymn. I have been searching for it but so far have had no luck. could you please tell me the name of the song if you can. Thanks

  7. I am looking to purchase the audio soundtracks. please contact me by email
    thank you so much

    • At this stage, the only one you can buy is the Shogun II soundtrack. I am trying to get Sega to release the other soundtracks as well and will let everyone know if that happens.

      Cheers,
      Jeff

  8. It’s usually the graphics and gameplay that get credit in most games, but your soundtracks surpass all of that for all of the total war games, which says a lot considering the graphics and gameplay for total war have always been great!

    So cool your wife does the vocals too.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Sr. Van Dysck
    Gracias por su música, quiero conocer la letra musical y también las voces
    Mr. Van Dyck
    Thank you for you music, I want know the musical lyrics and also the voices

  10. Mr. Van Dyck,
    I love your music very much! It would be great to use your music in my Youtube-Videos. Could I do that? Looking forward to hear from you.
    Dave

  11. Mr. Van Dyck, I want to ask you: What is the soundtrack that plays when the First Crusade starts named? Thank you.

  12. Dear Mr Van Dyck,
    I really like your music and experience it very well in Medieval II. And can you upload the soundtrack of Mediterranean Mobilize 2 ? This one is really cool, very Italian. I like it.
    Hope you can upload this. Thanks.

  13. I like music, especially Mare Nostrum ‘, I am very curious how do you do this music, especially drums, effects (my english is not very good because I’m Turks converted Google Translate) 🙂

  14. Mr. Van Dyck,

    I would love to see the launch screen music (the copy I found on Youtube was called Destiny) added to this collection.

    I have purchased the whole soundtrack of Shogun 2 and must say that your music makes these games the epic masterpieces that they are! Please keep your brilliant soundtracks coming!

  15. Dear Mr Van Dyck,
    I’m from Russia, and here we like your music very much. Great respect to you and Angela too! 8)
    Thank you for your work.

  16. You’re one of the best musicians I know, congratulations for the work!!
    Cariboni from Brazil

  17. Hi Mr. Van Dyk,

    Thank you for your hard work on these pieces, I’ve always been a fan of the Total War series and your work in each one of them never fails to disappoint! I am a beginner flute player and would like to learn how to play a part in one of your pieces, would it be possible at all for you to provide me with the sheet music for the flute parts in Duke of Death?

    Thanks!

  18. Oh, please please please… please God let Jeff do the music for Medieval III Total War… please? The only Total War games I can ever get immersed in are scored with these awesome and inspiring soundtracks! The other ones – especially that recent Rome II travesty – seem totally devoid of all soul without the wonderful Jeff and Angela epicness! It’s like half the game for me, half the experience. I hope and pray that one day we will see Medieval III with the return of the maestro!

  19. Great work, Mr. Van Dyk. One of my favorite things about the Total War Series are your soundtracks, they really immerse you and make you feel you are living that Era

  20. What’s the name of the instrument in Time and Again? Some kind of struck stringed instrument perhaps?

  21. Hi, I was wondering about the style of singing in this video here, I think that it’s from Medieval Total War 1 and called ‘Viking Win 1’. Over the top of the cheering and chanting of the vikings a man begins to sing and I feel like I have heard this type of singing before but can’t remember where, does this style of singing have a name? Do you happen to recall what language he is singing in?

    It reminds me of some old liturgical singing style, Is he a monk that the vikings have captured and forced to sing at their victory banquet, or just a celebratory minstrel? He sounds so forlorn that it’s powerful. This song has worked its way deep into my soul and I don’t even play computer games I just found it on Youtube. The atmosphere reminds me of a medieval spanish song called ‘Riu Riu Chiu’.

    • I’m glad you like the song. Unfortunately the answer isn’t as interesting as the question. That singing you mention is off of a Celtic sample library. It’s a woman’s voice pitched down. I chose it because of the slight melancholy in the melody and felt it was a nice counterpoint to the more cheerful yells and rhythm.

  22. Thanks for the prompt reply, thats interesting about it being a female vocalist, I would never have suspected. Are the other parts of the song also samples?

    When I listen to this song, vivid images emerge of cheering vikings banging cups on a wooden feast table after a successful raid. I see a colourful dancing piper and then my minds eye pans slowly to the end of the table with the rising voice of a sullen brown monk. The only sad face in a sea of celebration, being forced to sing some plainchant for his captors. By the end, the whole scene looks like an animated version of The Last Supper painting by da Vinci with the monk in the place of Jesus.

  23. I always liked the soundtracks to RTW and MTW2. When I bought RTW2, I immediately found out that it sound different, it doesn’t have the peculiarity. I would like to underline that your music for total war series is totally awesome. It has your spirit and inspiration like you devoted 100% of your time to compose such beautiful tracks. One of the greatest thing, which I like most of all, that your wife made vocals. Her voice is crystal and such cooperation in the creation of music makes it more ‘touchy’ and ‘sensual’.

    I think CA wanted to make RTW2 different from marketing point of view, that’s why they changed almost everything in the game and music fell under this strategy too. It’s almost impossible to understand what was inside the head of the RTW2 team leaders, but the customers’ feedbacks are the most important things in any commercial activity.

    We have classical music and temporary music which is forgotten in 5-10 years. Your music is the classics for total war series, unbeaten and never surpassed. It’s the classic-in-itself, unique and incomparable.

    I wish you good inspiration for the creation new masterpieces for any game projects.

    Best wishes from Moscow

  24. Hello Jeff,

    Felt time to make a comment on your site.
    So many memories comes back, once you listen to your music. No matter which game soundtrack.
    All are beautiful made by you.

    However for Total War Medieval 2 its “Dream of Albion” my god what a great tune of music, the woman that sings its so beautiful made, oh man.. like i said brings back many memories!

    Btw what is she singing about? And who is the singer?..
    I hope it’s your wife! 🙂

    I hope you will be the one who makes the music for upcoming Total war game Warhammer, no needed for answer, i hope lol.

    Keep up the good job Jeff.

    With respect.. Magnus

    Best wishes from Sweden!

  25. Can you tell me what voice library did you use in medieval II? I really think the music in “Time and Again” pretty familiar. Thanks in advance.

  26. Hello there,

    My brother and I had the luck of discovering your music after buying the Total War: Eras collection as well as Medieval II precisely ten years ago, in Autumn 2006. Well, to be honest, we already played Spartan Total Warrior back when it came out in 2005 but we couldn’t quite figure out who did the catchy music at the time!
    I’ve lurked a bit on your website throughout the years so I thought I should finally drop in to tell you that we can’t thank you enough for your amazing work. What you have achieved is the stuff memories are made of.

    I’m not sure if you’d be kind enough to answer my sole question, but I’ll still ask it nevertheless.

    I’ve been listening to James Horner’s synthesizer-based work on The Name of the Rose lately and one particular song stood out since it sounds eerily similar to the gloomy ambient campaign music you composed for Medieval II (and especially the Teutonic Campaign expansion), I’m talking the piece called “The Lesson” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy8cCfxzvxo). So here’s my question, did any musical score (such as the one above?) influence your work on the Medieval II soundtrack?

    All Best!

    • Thank you for your kind message. I can hear what you mean about the possible influence, but this is the first I’ve heard the “The Name of the Rose” soundtrack. I think it’s possible we used similar sounds on the computer.

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