Wow Music: Leipzig Symphonic Concert

As reported few months ago, World of Warcraft music will be played on Wednesday by the Prague Filharmonic Orchestra during the Game Music Symphony Concert in Leipzig, Germany.  The tickets sold out within few days of the Concert announcement as we mentioned back on June 16.  The link provides the full listing of game songs to be played.

I contacted Jason Hayes, and he told me that he arrived last night at Leipzig, Germany.  He is preparing for the Concert, and having fun.  Hopefully, he will provide Blizzplanet some photos and material of his experience in the concert.  For all our fellow fans that paid the tickets and are going to Leipzig, we want to inform that Jason Hayes will be signing autographs.  If you got your Wow Collector’s Edition, poster, or other World of Warcraft and Warcraft III product, feel free to bring it to the concert for an autograph.

2005 GC: Game Music Symphony Concert
Date: Aug 17, 2005 at 8:00pm CET
Location: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Additionally,  VGMConcerts.com reveals that the 2005 Symphonic Game Music Concert will once more be enriched by an autograph session with famous game composers. Chris Huelsbeck (Giana Sisters, Turrican, Star Wars: Rogue Leader), Rob Hubbard (Human Race, International Karate, Nemesis the Warlock), Jason Hayes (StarCraft, Diablo, World of WarCraft) and Gustaf Grefberg (Enclave, Knights of the Temple, Chronicles of Riddick) have confirmed their attendance. Tthe autograph session will be accompanied by a video game music CD sale from synSoniq.

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BlizzCon: New Game Announcement

George Wang, from Blizzard Public Relations, told CNN of a new game announcement to be made at BlizzCon:

Blizzard expects up to 6,500 guests at BlizzCon, thanks in large part to the staggering worldwide success of “World of Warcraft”. Over 3.5 million people pay $12.99-$14.99 per month to play the game. In addition to the opportunity to chat with the makers of the game and attend a concert, attendees will be the first to see what’s next for Blizzard.

“We’re going to be showing off a new product we haven’t announced yet,” said Wang. (And for those thinking it’s the long-rumored unveiling of “Diablo 3” or “Starcraft 2,” get ready for a letdown. Wang said the announcement will be linked to “World of Warcraft”.)

Jason Hayes Interview at WowVault.IGN

WowVault from IGN, interviewed Jason Hayes—Blizzard Music Composer about his role in World of Warcraft’s music.  You can join Jason Hayes’ Forum Community here

WoW Vault: What tools and instruments do you use to create your music?

I generally use Emagic’s ?Logic? software on a Mac workstation, and have 3 PC computers on the side that act like instruments, because I run a software program called “Gigastudio” on them. This software basically turns each PC into a powerful sampler. Into each of the Gigastudio computers, I load instruments from various libraries, such as: * Miroslav Vitous Symphonic Orchestra (for solo instruments- especially winds- and some percussion) * Peter Siedlaczek’s Advanced Orchestra * Garritan Orchestral Strings * Vienna Symphonic Library

…And some others, too. Just lately, I’ve also been using the “EXS24” software sampler, which allows you to load in many of the same types of instruments directly in Logic on the Mac, which is very convenient because everything is located within the same environment, and you avoid the complication of all the extra cables smile

I?ve also had the good fortune to record with live orchestra and choir a few times, which is a real joy! Most recently, I recorded with the 80-voice Long Beach University Chorus for the World of Warcraft Intro movie, and they sounded absolutely beautiful.

Another tool I find very helpful is a small digital voice recorder, which I?ll carry around with me to sing ideas into when I?m away from the studio. It?s a great way to get in touch with the creative side of yourself, because a roomful of gear can sometimes feel a little oppressive when you?re trying to be imaginative.

Diablo II Accounts Closed

Blizzard has just closed more than 36,000 accounts for cheating on Battle.net. More than 28,000 CD keys tied to these accounts have been disabled from Realm play on Battle.net for one month, and more than 3,000 CD keys have been permanently disabled from Realm play due to repeat offenses. Players should check out and read the Battle.net FAQ for details on Blizzard’s anti-cheating procedure. As a reminder, the Battle.net news window that Diablo II players see after logging in has had a long-running warning against the use of hacks, clearly indicating that if Blizzard detects that cheating is taking place, the offending accounts may be closed without notice and the CD keys tied to these accounts may likewise be disabled without notice. The account closures reflect Blizzard’s zero-tolerance policy against cheating, as well as their effort to prepare the Realms for the new ladder season. Blizzard: “We appreciate the support of the thousands of legitimate Diablo II players in helping us keep Battle.net a secure and fun place to play Blizzard games”.

Jason Hayes Website: Modding Support

The Modding: Voice Acting & Music Category at Jason Hayes website is now open.  If you have a new mod project or if you have talent and a microphone, head over to his Forum and make yourself known in the community.  Star Alliance is part of Jason Hayes’s Modding Community Forum.  Here is an excerpt of the welcome:

The primary aim and purpose of this forum is to bridge the gap between composers and mod-makers, so that mods might have the chance to receive custom music written for them, and so that composers of all skill levels may have the opportunity to work on game projects in a non-commercial context. It is a place for people to meet and discuss ideas, and to collaborate on mod projects.

Mods are game modifications, which are custom content developed by people not associated with the company which created the game. Mods can add to a game elements such as scenarios, campaigns, stories, models, units, sounds, and so on, utilising the game engine as a canvas from which to create new games from.

Arathi Basin Battlegrounds Preview

Arathi Basin Battlegrounds Preview is now available in the North American World of Warcraft website.  Among the most notable features are:

  • Both sides of up to 15 players each compete to occupy the five resource nodes spread throughout Arathi Basin.

  • Each claimed node generates resources for the owning team. The more nodes your team controls, the quicker you gain natural resources. The first team that gains 2,000 resources wins.
  • Both the winning and losing team earn honor after completing an Arathi Basin Battleground, as accumulated resources translate directly into bonus honor for players. Even if you don’t win the Battleground, you walk away with honor.
  • As players compete, they will improve their reputation with the Defilers or League of Arathor, thereby earning many new and powerful rewards.
  • Arathi Basin is banded by level, just like Warsong Gulch. The minimum level to join is 21, and different instances will spawn for players between levels 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51-60.

 

Arathi Basin Battlegrounds Preview

Arathi Basin Battlegrounds Preview is now available in the North American World of Warcraft website.  Among the most notable features are:

  • Both sides of up to 15 players each compete to occupy the five resource nodes spread throughout Arathi Basin.

  • Each claimed node generates resources for the owning team. The more nodes your team controls, the quicker you gain natural resources. The first team that gains 2,000 resources wins.

  • Both the winning and losing team earn honor after completing an Arathi Basin Battleground, as accumulated resources translate directly into bonus honor for players. Even if you don’t win the Battleground, you walk away with honor.

  • As players compete, they will improve their reputation with the Defilers or League of Arathor, thereby earning many new and powerful rewards.

  • Arathi Basin is banded by level, just like Warsong Gulch. The minimum level to join is 21, and different instances will spawn for players between levels 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51-60.

  • New Linux Drivers for Nvidia

    Wow players using GeForce 7800 GTX under Linux, should download the new driver.

    Nvidia Linux Display Driver – AMD64/EM64T
    Version: 1.0-7676
    Operating System: Linux AMD64
    Release Date: August 9, 2005

    Release Highlights

    * Fixed GeForce 7800 GTX clocking problem that affected 3D performance.
    Details and download here

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