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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Fourth BlizzCast Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has released the fourth BlizzCast, a series of podcasts created by Blizzard's Community Team and focusing on the company's current and future game offerings. The fourth episode features interviews with World of Warcraft director of audio and video Russell Brower and WoW game designer Jonathan LeCraft. The podcast concludes with the usual Q&A session answering fan questions.

Nethaera: Could you share with the listeners a bit more about what you do?
Russell: Well I feel very lucky because the Sound Department and the Video Department work on every project Blizzard does, so World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, things that are in development, the concerts at BlizzCon the Worldwide Invitational, these podcasts, everything. So, we all wear several hats in this department and so in addition to being the administrator and just keeping all the schedules and planning intact, which I do with a very able staff of producers who without whom I could not even… I just shouldn’t even get out of bed in the morning. In addition to that, it enables me to, as long as they have a tight ship running, I can write music, which is the one thing that I do hands-on here still. There are three of us on staff who write music as much of the time as we can, or full-time, and I’m proud to be one of those folks.

Nethaera: Some people may not realize how much music is in World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade, and even the latest patch. Could you give us an idea of just how much music has been composed for the game overall?
Russell: When World of Warcraft shipped in 2004, it had, I would say, just shy of about 2 hours of music. And today, with the recent release of patch 2.4, Fury of the Sunwell, we’re just shy of 16 hours of music in the game. I’m also proud to say that probably two thirds of that feature live players at least in part if not all the way up to full orchestra for many many tracks.
Head over to the link below for the rest of the BlizzCast.

BlizzCast Episode 4
Blizzard Entertainment

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