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Head of Riot Music on building Worlds anthems: ‘[Music] is more than just what you hear’ – Dot Esports

Summary

Riot Games is mostly known for its globally acclaimed video game, League of Legends. Over the past couple of years, however, the developer has built an empire of titles based around the League universe, celebrating a momentous milestone of 180 million players across its games earlier this month.

The gameplay, champions, and lore teams have all helped League grow exponentially over the past 12 years, but one aspect of the game that’s quickly taken on a life of its own is its music. R…….

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Riot Games is mostly known for its globally acclaimed video game, League of Legends. Over the past couple of years, however, the developer has built an empire of titles based around the League universe, celebrating a momentous milestone of 180 million players across its games earlier this month.

The gameplay, champions, and lore teams have all helped League grow exponentially over the past 12 years, but one aspect of the game that’s quickly taken on a life of its own is its music. Riot’s music team has gone from making champion themes and background songs to creating a virtual K-pop band that hit gold certification.

More than 200 songs later, League’s universe has consolidated its reputation as one of the most musically diverse worlds in the gaming industry.

The songs created by Riot’s music team have given birth to traditions—namely the annual World Championship anthem. The reveal of the Worlds song builds up excitement for the competition and brings together fans from around the globe to celebrate League esports each year.

In an interview with Dot Esports, head of Riot Music Toa Dunn talked about the team’s approach to Worlds songs, his experience on the projects, and what music means to him and his team.

“We think music is a very powerful medium,” Dunn said. “It’s more than just what you hear.”

“Make it or break it”: Building the 2021 Worlds theme

For this year’s tournament, Riot centered the competition’s theme around “make it or break it.”

The music team released this year’s Worlds anthem, “Burn it All Down,” on Sept. 29 featuring PVRIS, who sings the story of an atypical hero. The protagonist of the song ceases her attempt to fit in the stereotypical role of the hero imposed by the system and proceeds to burn it all down.

As part of the tradition, each Worlds song releases alongside a music video. The events narrated in the song are delivered through stunning animation that fits perfectly with the rhythm and lyrics of the anthem.

But the song’s story, sound, and music video didn’t all come to fruition overnight.

To create a Worlds anthem, Riot first identifies the theme of the year. The music sector collaborates with various departments, including Riot’s esports team, to come up with an idea that ties participating teams and regions at Worlds together.

The process of delivering the Worlds anthem takes almost a year, according to Dunn. And even if the music team has a “good process down now” of how to accomplish everything within that window, Dunn said they never have enough time for everything they’d like to do. There’s always the “railroad” of Worlds, a rigid schedule that requires the music department to have a song ready by a certain time of the year.

For Dunn and his …….

Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/head-of-riot-music-on-building-worlds-anthems-music-is-more-than-just-what-you-hear