Battle Bards Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne

    
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On this Very Special Edition of the Battle Bards, Lord of the Rings Online’s Bill Champagne sat down for an interview to talk about his tenure in this long-running MMORPG as its lead composer. From his surprising origin story to tales behind the scenes at Standing Stone Games to his favorite soundtracks, Bill gives the flip-side of MMO music production while still sharing the love that we all have for these scores!

Special note: Bill picked specific LOTRO tracks for us to feature on today’s show, which is a first for the program! Bill Champagne can be found on Twitter @BillChampMusic.

Battle Bards is a the world’s first, best, and only MMO music podcast. Biweekly episodes alternate between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne (or download it) now:

Episode 165 show notes

  • Intro
  • “Where Dragons Dwell and Kingdoms Fell”
  • “Life in Laketown”
  • “Beyond All Darkness”
  • “Valley Nourished by the Great River”
  • “Dread and Drear”
  • “Feast in the House of Grimbeorn”
  • “Fury of the First Age”
  • “She Who Walks in the Darkness”
  • “The Remnants of Grárik”
  • Outro (feat. “Lingering Shadow”)

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I just wanted to say how much I appreciated this episode. So great to hear about Bill’s experiences and share them! Such great music too – here’s to many more years of listening to great tracks.

(meant to post this Sunday, but my phone doesn’t like doing the Reddit pass-through authentication anymore and had to wait to get to a desktop)