HUGEsound Records will release The Lord of the Rings Online - 10th Anniversary Commemorative original video game soundtrack through all major digital music outlets worldwide on June 23rd. The album features the game's original score by Chance Thomas, an avid lifelong fan of The Lord of the Rings. This 26-song double album features Thomas' very best work over the past 10 years – music so emotionally nuanced it's as if it sprang forth from the pages of LotR itself.
"Seeing this collection of music released to the world is like watching a dream come true," states Thomas. "Who could have imagined such a thing, when I was growing up an obscure and geeky kid in Oklahoma? Each track is performed by classically trained musicians, pouring their passion into fine acoustic instruments. All so skilled, so talented, and so engaged. It is beyond belief to me."
The Lord of the Rings Online has been transporting Tolkien fans to Middle-earth for 10 years, and with that comes the release of this incredible collection of music. Much like the beloved books this extraordinary world is based upon, the music Thomas creates has an immersive, fantastic quality that truly is a perfect companion for anyone who enjoys the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Chance Thomas began writing music for The Lord of the Rings well before Howard Shore tackled the soundtrack for Jackson's trilogy. He has already contributed to 9 games and expansions spanning a 20-year period, and just started work on a 10th expansion. All of this music – orchestral, choral, and acoustic ensemble music – is completely original and is all based on personal research conducted into the literature by Chance Thomas himself.
When he first began composing music based on The Lord of the Rings, Chance spent months intensely researching the books – eventually running into years – pulling out everything professor Tolkien wrote about music, song, voices, instruments, even the effect that music had on people and environments. He collected these references, sorted through them, organized and then distilled all of his research into a 26-page document which he called The Tolkien Music Style Guide.
For each of the 5 key races in Middle-earth, his Style Guide lists specific instrumental palettes, vocal ranges, stylistic guidelines, even home keys – all based on references and inferences drawn directly from the text.