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Refreshing 'Guild Wars 2' with the Traditional Music of Korea

Maclaine Diemer  (Composer, First Name Maclaine, LLC)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Audio Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: No

End of Dragons is the third expansion for Guild Wars 2, and one that presented a special challenge: how to revisit a fan favorite area from earlier iterations of the game while re-imagining it with more respect and sensitivity. Taking inspiration from Korean history and culture, the soundtrack needed to weave Korea's unique musical traditions with the familiar sounds of the Guild Wars franchise. This talk will go through the process of educating oneself as an outsider, early missteps, incorporating Korean voices into the team, and ultimately shining a light on a form of music that is sorely underrepresented in Western media.


Attendees will learn how they can expand their creative boundaries, understand and meld disparate musical traditions, and re-invent the sound of a well established franchise, all while avoiding the pitfalls of strip-mining a culture for commercial purposes.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for anyone curious about the traditional music and culture of Korea, composers of all levels looking for fresh inspiration, and anyone interested in the process of scoring a large scale, long running IP.