Battle Bards Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne

    
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Battle Bards Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne

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)