All Voices, a music site, has posted a write up of an interview with Laurence Juber, a musician who was recruited by Blizzard’s master composer Russell Brower to compose and perform a substantial amount of Diablo 3’s soundtrack. The article covers his whole career, but since we’re interested in the D3 part, I’ve quoted it below:
Although not a gamer himself, LJ was asked by Blizzard to create original compositions for the upcoming game, Diablo III. ?The representative who asked me to play for Blizzard, Russell Brower, is someone I?ve known for at least 25 years. He was familiar with both my guitar playing and my composing ability. With Diablo, the original game was quite guitar driven and the original composer was no longer involved with the game, so he [Brower] was drawn to me because he knew that I was able to handle both the guitar and composition side of it.?
?They [Diablo compositions] were original songs that captured the ambiance of the original game but needed to evolve because video game music has evolved over the last decade to be really orchestrated and more like movie music. The process for me was more like I am painting a picture than as if I?m scoring a movie.?
?They introduced me to some of the early versions of the game so I had a sense of what was going on in terms of the characters and the avatars and all of the dynamics of the game. Then I went and created the songs and we revised it and created a whole bunch of music. It was mostly 12 string guitar and orchestra. On a couple of occasions I?ve had the opportunity to perform with an orchestra doing some of this music? Everything else is conceptual, which is part of my approach in general as a musician, which is also true to my approach as a studio musician. Once I understand the concept of the style I can then work within that mode to create something that fits within that framework but still has some of my original sensibility.?