Music in RuneScape is mostly in-game background music (music tracks) designed to enhance a player's gaming experience and fit with the environment the avatar is in. Music in RuneScape draws inspiration from progressive rock, with elements of classical and world music.
Players need to unlock most tracks during gameplay by going to a particular place, completing a quest, or performing some action (such as reading a particular book). As of 30 March 2020 there are 1,299 music tracks available via music player. As RuneScape grows and advances, more music tracks are added.
The 500th track was Tournament! (now unlocked automatically) which was released on 20 November 2007. Unlocking 500 tracks will also unlock the Air Guitar emote. It is notable for being one of the few emotes with audio.
Currently, the player does not receive a message when they unlock every music track (though one does appear every time an individual track is unlocked).
Unlocking all song tracks is a requirement for unlocking the Completionist cape.
Genres[edit | edit source]
Music in RuneScape is divided into many genres, with the genre depending on the location that they unlock and play. Once you go to a location, any music that you unlocked of that genre will play, not just the music that unlocks there. Most genres include:
Musicians[edit | edit source]
Musicians are NPCs found throughout the game who play certain tracks with different instruments. Players can listen to them by right-clicking them. While listening to the musician, players increase the rate of their Life Points regeneration and energy restoration. As shown in the picture to the right, multiple players can listen to music at once and restore their energy.
Musicians play various instruments, including a violin, flute, drums, snake charming flute (pungi), a lyre and bagpipes. The music the musicians play is based on actual tracks, as the guitarists play a variation of Harmony, the flutists play a variation of Al Kharid, and the fiddlers play a variation of Spirit.
Music Player[edit | edit source]
The music player is the screen on the interface that lists all music tracks. The titles of unlocked tracks are shown in green, and those of locked tracks are displayed in red. It also features a button at the top which, when activated (in green), continuously plays the same track as a loop. If not clicked, different tracks are played after the end of each. The music playlist can fit a total of 30 tracks. A search option was released 19 August 2010.
Music track list[edit | edit source]
Tutorial music[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Many tracks can be unlocked just standing very near the area where it is unlocked, so it is not necessary to have all requirements.
- Some music tracks can, for some reason, be unlocked without visiting the area or even getting close to it, such as Dragontooth Island, Legion, and Narnode's Theme. Free-to-play players can unlock these tracks, despite the tracks officially unlocking in members-only areas.
- Born to Do This was used for the opening music track, when a Holiday event is going on. Scape Scared for Hallowe'en, and Scape Santa is used for Christmas. Other Scapes may be used for new skills, such as Scape Summon for the release of Summoning, or Scape Hunter for the release of Hunter. Scape Theme (the previous log in screen theme) is now available in the track list. Now, with the release of RuneScape 3, the opening track is now Scape Bold, played by a symphony orchestra.
- With the release of RuneScape 3, the log in and lobby screen now plays total five tracks in the same order: Scape Bold - The Town - Scape Dark - Village Life - Scape Melancholy.
- The track Zanik's Theme is heard during a cut-scene in Death to the Dorgeshuun, but is not unlocked until Land of the Goblins.
- Until 26 October 2004, the default music track in the Barbarian Village was Dark, but it has been changed to "Barbarianism". The Dark track was moved to the Bone Yard (located east of the Graveyard of Shadows in level 17 Wilderness).
- Armadyl Alliance is unlocked before the gap to Armadyl's area in God Wars Dungeon, so 70 Ranged is not needed.
- While waiting for a clan war to begin, a slower version of "Clan Wars" plays.
- If you are standing near a crop circle outside the Impetuous Impulses minigame, the track "Impetuous" will play but no name will appear on the top of the Music Player (although, the version of "Impetuous" played at the crop circles is slightly different - it is quieter with less of a bass tune).
- The music is composed as JAGA tracks using in-house software by Jagex.
- Some time before, all tracks used to play according to a very specific area the player was in. Nowadays, tracks play according to the general theme of the area, which means places that previously only had one track accompanying it may now play more tracks.
- Lament of Meiyerditch and Night of the Vampyre can both be unlocked on the east side of Meiyerditch and North of the meeting point without even starting Priest in Peril now, since an update that allowed players to enter Morytania without starting the quest.
Renamed tracks[edit | edit source]
- On 4 June 2007, Jagex renamed Gnome to Goblin Village and Gnome Theme to Dwarf Theme.
- On 10 December 2007, Jagex renamed Wolf Mountain to Wild Isle.
- The song "Final Destination" was called "Angels & Demons" until changed by Jagex.
- With the release of RuneScape 3, Lightness was renamed Darkness.
Deleted tracks[edit | edit source]
- Spiritual was deleted, because it sounds too much like Taverley Dreams.
- Still Night was deleted and replaced with Busy Night.
Required skill levels[edit | edit source]
These are the minimal levels (or quest points) needed to unlock all music tracks.
Achievement[edit | edit source]
- Music Maestro ( 0) – Unlock all music tracks. (X/1299)
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 20 April 2020 (Update):
- The 'Everlight' music track can be unlocked by entering the base of the lighthouse.
- update 28 October 2019 (Update):
- Proper music now plays during the boss fight in the quest Smoking Kills.
- patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
- patch 5 February 2018 (Update):
- A bug causing various TzHaar area soundtracks to automatically unlock has been fixed.
- ninja 16 January 2017 (Update):
- Players may now filter the Music interface between unlocked, locked and all music tracks.
- patch 9 January 2017 (Update):
- patch 5 October 2015 (Update):
- ninja 28 September 2015 (Update):
- ninja 1 September 2015 (Update):
- The unneeded spacing at the bottom of the music list has been removed.
- patch 5 May 2015 (Update):
- The volume of the music has been increased slightly and a few additional player-suggested adjustments have been made.
- patch 20 April 2015 (Update):
- Music volumes have been adjusted, so when the volume sliders are aligned the balance of music in relation to other sounds is improved.
- patch 13 April 2015 (Update):
- patch 16 March 2015 (Update):
- patch 2 March 2015 (Update):
- The quest name in the hint for the The Heist music track has been corrected.
- patch 12 January 2015 (Update):
- patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
- The Zaros Zeitgeist, The Chosen Commander, Temple Desecrated, and The Duke songs have been reworked.
- The volume on tracks Violinsanity and Flash Factory has been reduced.
- Some music tracks from the Al-Kharid area were noticeably louder than others so have been toned down slightly.
- A wider range of elven city music tracks will now play when standing in the Tower of Voices.
- patch 8 December 2014 (Update):
- Fixed a few issues with songs playing in the wrong locations around RuneScape.
- Made various miscellaneous audio improvements, such as tweaking water sounds from some fountains and rivers, and updating the God Wars Dungeon music tracks.
- patch 28 July 2014 (Update):
- Three new songs from the One Piercing Note quest have been added to the game: The Abbey, Requiem Rehearsal and There has Been a Murder.
- patch 31 March 2014 (Update):
- patch 17 March 2014 (Update):
- The unlocked music total has been corrected, and certain silent music tracks have been hidden.
- patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
- The Clan Citadel music tracks have been reordered into numerical order.
- patch 1 February 2011 (Update):
- patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
- patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
- Adjusted some of the core audio sounds that are used in various songs.
- patch 13 October 2009 (Update):
- Prevented music looping in some circumstances (such as the end of cutscenes).
- patch 28 July 2009 (Update):
- Changed a few unlock hints to more closely match their quest names.
- Standardised the holiday unlock information in the music unlock hints.
- patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
- patch 22 June 2009 (Update):
- Added a few sound effects to One Small Favour.
- Added a menagerie of sound effects to Cabin Fever.
- Added locked door sound effects to various parts of King's Ransom.
- Added sound effects to the Killerwatt Plane.
- Fixed some grammatical errors in the music unlock hints
- Slightly tweaked the Venture 2 song at the very end.
- patch 9 June 2009 (Update):
- patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
- A few music tracks have changed categories.
- Updated a hint to unlock a track.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- RuneScape holds the Guinness World Record for most original pieces of music in a videogame including expansions.
- In the music Norse Code (playing while in Jatizso), the high pitch flute plays the Morse code letters for RuneScape. With short notes being dits, and long notes being dahs: dit-dah-dit R, dit-dit-dah U, dah-dit N, dit E, dit-dit-dit S, dah-dit-dah-dit C, dit-dah A, dit-dah-dah-dit P, dit E.
- The following sounds may be heard on the FunOrb game Armies of Gielinor: Legion (Lobby), Principality (Misthalin Map), TzHaar! (Desert Map), Poles Apart (Snow Map), Dead Quiet (Swamp Map) and Attack 1-6 (In Battle). Campaign mode also includes Brain Battle, Faithless, Fight or Flight, Kingdom, Life's a Beach!, Soul Wars, Strength of Saradomin, The Other Side, The Shadow, The Sound of Guthix, The Terrible Tower, Zamorak Zoo.
- Life's a Beach! can be heard on the Mos Le'Harmless arena in the FunOrb game Arcanists.
- Occasionally The Horn of Chill, normally unlocked at Ghorrock during The Temple at Senntisten quest will play when encountering elder evil trees.
- When unlocking the 500th track, players get the message "You've unlocked 500 music tracks and can use a new emote!".
- More than 100 of the existing and new tracks have been recorded with a live symphony orchestra with the release of RuneScape 3.
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of recent music, for dates of release
- Free-to-play music, for non-member music
- SoundCloud exclusive music, for music only released on the official SoundCloud account
- Music Player, the in-game interface for controlling background music tracks
- Sound effects, sounds heard through different actions or items ingame
- Quest music rewards - This is a list which shows the amount of music unlocked during the quest.
- RuneScape 3 - The Soundtrack, a compilation of 20 tracks remastered for the RuneScape 3 release.
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Most original pieces of music in a videogame (including expansions). Guinness World Records.
|Official Sound Tracks|