@maalacath‘s tes music headcanon post inspired me to make one abt some of my own so!!! here i go!!!
ngl a LOT of my dunmer, ashlander, and dwemer music headcanons are ripped straight outta things from the ancient near east. because i love it. I also think their styles blended together a lot? Cultural exchange via trade during the times when they weren’t at each others throats.
Some examples of wot I think ashlander music would sound like are this, this, and this
They travel a lot, so their instruments have to be portable and light. I image they’d have lots of lyres and stringed instruments, but also percussive instruments. bones are especially common and popular given the ease of acquisition, portability, and also are relatively simple to learn. Also a tons of different kinds of shakers! not to forget flutes and drums.
the ashlanders have some downtime between their duties, so I am 100% sure that they do have their own complex musical compositions and traditions, but are also constantly composing new pieces. They gotta do SOMETHING to entertain themselves!
that said, given their love of tradition, I also believe that they’d preserve ancient melodies and songs from waaaaaaaaay back when. ashlander musicians probably know a great deal of tunes from the days of Nerevar. Each tribe also has its own repertoire of fkn OLD tunes, along with slight variations on the same piece from tribe to tribe.
they sing a lot. folk songs, histories put into songs, poems. lots of singing while out traveling and herding. They have “songs” which are entirely comprised of vocables(nonsense sounds/words) set to a melody, much like lilting. Often times, they are improvised on the spot.
this ended up being mostly about ashlanders sorry. TIME FOR SOME DWEMER HCs
i do have one dwemer music HC: theremins. they have theremins. many theremins. those examples arent exactly what i’d imagine their theremin compositions sounding like, they are good examples of theremins. why theremins? because theremins produce weird, unique sounds. the dwemer are weird lil bastards and i love them. also i love theremins.
given how much we hear about tonal architects and tonal whatevers blah blah its prrrrobably safe to say that music was a big part of dwemeri life n culture. Everyone was expected to have some sort of musical aptitude, no matter what they did. (maybe they developed written music? dunno if i wanna make that a headcanon.)
many dwemer musicians and inventors probably went out of their way to create weird instruments like this, this, this masterpiece, and all of these. some, like the wheelharp, might be picked up by multiple musicians, but almost none of them would ever actually enter widespread dwemer music tradition. The glass armonica maybe. (there were probably elitist dwemer music snobs who considered the wheelharp an acquired taste. Dwemer hipster wheelharp culture.)
the dwemer enjoyed music that has that sort of resonance found in hang drums, xylophones, mbiras, and kalimbas. that sort of echoing, resonance shared w/ windchimes. They also enjoyed instruments that made weird, novel sounds. many profession dwemer musicians often experimented with musical composition. (hell, maybe they also developed music theory. idk. another lil thought nugget.)
kalimbas are often used as a learners instrument. kinda like how we use the recorder, except it doesnt suck.
my hand is gettin tired and now i wanna play my kalimba I HOPE YOU LIKED MY LONG RAMBLING THO! me n @maalacath both love TES music headcanons. If you feel inspired to make a post to share your own, please let us know! ppl gotta talk about music in the TES world tbh.
also @house-redoran i feel like the discussion of “did dwemer pioneer the earliest forms of music theory/ written music?” is smthn you’d enjoy. Just A Feelin.
Hey Lin-Manuel, I heard you liked musicals so I put some musical in your musical so you can sing about the revolution while you sing about revolution.
BURR No, please no Not tonight, please no Alex, can’t you go? Not tonight, can’t have a scene
BURR Go, please go, no you- don’t riot! Find some other folks who’ll buy it
HAMILTON You expect me to just be quiet?
BURR You talk all night, you’re never through
HAMILTON That’s not true, that’s not true! I took a nap, I closed the door
BURR And yet, you snore
HAMILTON Oh yeah…
WASHINGTON His Majesty, George the Third, can it be?
BURR Oh no…
ALL Hide your tea!
ANGELICA This egomaniacal thief …in brief
BURR Good grief
WASHINGTON What makes you think we’ll roll over and play nice?
KING GEORGE I would like to propose a truce And put all of this to rest I’ve been fair-
LAFAYETTE Nique ta mere!
KING GEORGE Can’t you see that you need me? Without England’s support You’ll be left adrift at sea
Georgie, I’m surprised A strong and handsome boy like you Hangs out with these rascals Who can’t accept the truth They pick fights - demand equal rights! And say you can rule your own But do you really want a country where There’s no royal to sit on the throne? America, America Is a dream that will never come You are my colonies - America is dumb
HAMILTON My dearest Patriots, we gather here and greet a new day
LAFAYETTE, MULLIGAN, and LAURENS Aut vincere aut mori
HAMILTON Hear me say, though we may seem small We know pride cometh ‘fore the fall And one day, they’ll remember us all Though this war may be the death of me I will not cease, 'til we have peace . And Liberty!
ALL To Liberty! To Liberty! To Liberty! To Liberty!
HAMILTON To days when we’ll have freedom, building up a Government that will protect us We’ll take back our rights, make it right again We’re putting our plans in place, setting our pace, gath'ring fuel We’ll have taxation, our nation, but fair representation We’re building our foundation, our aspiration, our celebration Condemnation, of course, of this awful British rule We don’t have to take your shit, you’re just full of it To trade! To no British raids! To getting paid! To shops! To Sam Adam’s Hops! To no persecution! We’ll forge a new home for us, and make history-
ALL To Liberty!
Many liberties taken. apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda and the memories of Jonathan Larson and our Founding Fathers. No apologies to George III. Nobody belongs to me.