Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer - Soundtrack

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Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer - Soundtrack
U22 logo final.jpg
U22 soundtrack album art
Bill Champagne
Released April 17, 2018
Length 1:43:48
Label Standing Stone Games LLC
LotRO Soundtrack Chronology
Mordor - Original Music Soundtrack
(2017)
Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer - Soundtrack
(2018)
Update 23: Where Dragons Dwell Official Game Soundtrack
(2019)

Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer - Soundtrack is the official soundtrack for Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer, released on April 17, 2018. It was created by Bill Champagne and released as a playlist on YouTube.

Production and Release

Champagne's first compositions included in LotRO were the new tracks for the Cape of Belfalas housing area as well as the majority of the music for the Wastes. Legacy of the Necromancer appears to be the first zone for which Champagne composed all the music.

Champagne originally made a demo in 2009 inspired by Don Guldur while the Siege of Mirkwood expansion was being worked on while becoming familiar with digital music composition at the time. This demo was the basis for the tracks "the Razed Stronghold", "Darkness and Hope", "Lingering Shadow", and "the Broken Fortress".

The day/night music seen in several locations was inspired by Xenoblade Chronicles 2; this is a feature that LotRO for the most part does not have (some exceptions being the Shire and the Trollshaws). These differences in day and night music can be seen in Dale ("Bells of Dale" and "As Dale Slumbers") and Lake-town ("Life in Laketown" and "Long Lake Serenade").

"Plans of the Dark Lord" gathers together many different themes to tie the story together including themes from Chance Thomas' "Chant for Sauron", Champagne's Dol Guldur-inspired themes from this soundtrack, as well as the music Champagne wrote for the Court of Seregost instance.

The soundtrack was released as a YouTube playlist on April 17, 2018. It has been mentioned on the LotRO forums that they are looking into releasing this soundtrack as well as the Update 23 soundtrack in a downloadable format.

Software Used in Production

Tools
  • Cubase 7 - Sequencing
  • Sonar - Mixing
  • Izotope Ozone 7 - Mastering
Software Instruments
  • Cinematic Strings 2
  • Cinebrass Core/Pro
  • EWQL Hollywood Orchestra Diamond
  • EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold
  • EWQL Choirs
  • Cinesamples Hollywoodwinds
  • EWQL Stormdrum 2
  • Quantum Leap Goliath
  • Quantum Leap Ra

Track Listing

All tracks composed by Bill Champagne.

  1. "The Razed Stronghold" - 3:01
  2. "Darkness and Hope" - 3:24
  3. "The River Running" - 3:47
  4. "Enemies in the Forest" - 2:08
  5. "The Bells of Dale" - 4:05
  6. "A Jangovar Invasion" - 2:26
  7. "Far From Home" - 3:01
  8. "As Dale Slumbers" - 4:37
  9. "Between Lake and Mountain" - 4:59
  10. "Forces From the East" - 2:35
  11. "Tales of Dragonbone" - 4:00
  12. "Eyes Among the Shadows" - 4:38
  13. "The Jolly Bell" - 4:14
  14. "Life in Laketown" - 5:14
  15. "Spying Eyes" - 2:13
  16. "Lingering Shadow" - 5:44
  17. "Plans of the Dark Lord" - 7:12
  18. "The Broken Fortress" - 4:36
  19. "Long Lake Serenade" - 4:23
  20. "The Kingdom of Erebor" - 3:38
  21. "Unrest in the Dale Lands" - 2:26
  22. "The Razing of Dol Guldur" - 0:42
  23. "Quiet Evening in the Tavern" - 3:28
  24. "The Living Wood" - 4:01
  25. "Where the Armies Battled" - 2:11
  26. "The Seekers of Refuge" - 2:30
  27. "Under Shadowed Boughs" - 4:29
  28. "The Land of Hope Returning" - 4:06

Personnel

  • Bill Champagne

External Links


Soundtracks
Shadows of Angmar - Official Game SoundtrackThe Lord of the Rings Online Audio LibraryMines of Moria - Bonus Pre-Order SoundtrackMines of Moria - Original Video Game SoundtrackRiders of Rohan - Official Video Game ScoreHelm's Deep - Official Soundtrack10th Anniversary Commemorative SoundtrackMordor - Original Music SoundtrackUpdate 22: Legacy of the Necromancer - SoundtrackUpdate 23: Where Dragons Dwell Official Game SoundtrackUpdate 24: Vales of Anduin Soundtrack