It is with sadness I read, that Russell Brower, the man who brought us some of the most memorable and magnificent music in World of Warcraft, is leaving Blizzard.
I try to stay positive on my blog, and it is not my intention to dive into a long debate about the reasons for this – nor do I want to bash Blizzard for whatever is going on behind the scenes; because I do not know. I can only speculate.
Instead I just want to make this post as a tribute to mister Russell…
If anyone is interested, Russell Brower’s Facebook page and his post is here
His Twitter is here
To anyone familiar with my work at #Blizzard,
It’s with a heavy heart that I post this status update, but as they say, “all good things…”
I’m extremely proud of the amazingly talented team I helped build and the creative output we’ve accomplished together over these past 12 years. As the company has grown, the topography of the Sound team has adjusted accordingly, and the last couple of years have been no exception. With the success of a “sound de-centralization” initiative, my current position of overall Sr. Audio Director/Composer is no longer relevant and is being eliminated.
Today is my last day, though there is an excellent chance I will continue to contribute to Blizzard’s projects as a freelance composer. Obviously, I have a lot to figure out, so I do not have any further information to share as to what I will be doing next….yet. (Except for my solo album— that is well under way; stay tuned!)
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to EVERYONE reading this: all of our Players, Music Lovers, and the countless new friends I’ve made worldwide, for the incredible and indelible life experiences I have enjoyed while at Blizzard. Especially the Players— each of you have truly enriched our lives by playing our games, meeting us at #BlizzCon and #Nerdtacular, attending our music concerts the world over, enjoying our soundtrack albums and sheet music— the list goes on and on. We have so much to be proud of and I am truly grateful to each of you and to all my Blizzard colleagues for putting up with me over the last 12 years and teaching me so much.
I look forward to staying in touch with ALL of you, be it here on FaceBook, Twitter (handle-change coming up), and at future concerts (actually I have several #VGL shows still to come this year in Europe, China and Brazil.)
WATCH THIS SPACE for news of my solo album, the first track of which I just recorded in June with 51 of the FINEST studio musicians in Los Angeles!!! #AFM #Local47 FTW!
Wishing each of you all my best, with tons of gratitude,
Did you know, that Russell has his own NPC in the game?
He is located in Kirthaven in Twillight Highlands.
He even offers a quest, called “Words and Music By…” in which you assist him with writing a song. (You have to do some parts before being able to obtain the quest)
Go do it today as an honor to Russell 🙂
Russell Brower was senior director of audio and lead composer at Blizzard Entertainment. He is a well known music composer who has created and directed music for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. He left the company July 22, 2017 due to his position being eliminated, but indicated that he would likely work with Blizzard as a freelance composer in the future.
Thank you for everything, Russell Brower. We sure look forward to your solo album!
Added July 29th.;
Mister Russell responded to this tribute, and it brought me to tears. I have to admit I find it hard to continue playing a game, paying people who was responsible for a decision such as eliminating Russell Brower’s position.
Russell Brower, always remember how your music has such an impact on us, that it cannot even be described with words. Thank you for all of it.
Look at how passionate he is in this video…
Found an inspiring interview with Russell Brower here too.