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Glenn Stafford

Glenn Stafford

Glenn Stafford is a Principal Composer for Blizzard Entertainment and the founder of the Blizzard Sound Department. He was Audio Director of Blizzard from 1993 to 2005. Derek Duke, Jason Hayes and him were the original music team for StarCraft.[1] Glenn has touched every iteration of WarCraft since Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. His other game projects at Blizzard include The Lost Vikings franchise, Blackthorne, cinematic music of Diablo and Diablo II, Starcraft II, Diablo III, and Heroes of the Storm.

Biography[]

Growing up, Stafford studied classical music, from which he gets a lot of his inspiration.[2] Stafford's background lies in contemporary and progressive rock.[3] He was initially hired by Blizzard on a one-week trial basis. He spent that first week stationed in Mike Morhaime's office, porting music and sound effects for the PC version of The Lost Vikings.[4] He later created the music for various games in the Warcraft franchise, including Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal,[5] Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and World of Warcraft as well as several of its expansion packs.

Composed music[]

NB: The lists below include only some of the games scored by Stafford.

StarCraft[]

  • StarCraft Main Title
  • First Contact
  • Terran
  • Protoss
  • Brood War: Aria
  • Funeral for a Hero
  • Dearest Helena (see also Jason Hayes)
  • The Ascension (see also Jason Hayes)
  • Char Falls Under Directorate Control (see also Jason Hayes)
  • Fury of the Xel'Naga

Warcraft II[]

Warcraft III[]

World of Warcraft[]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

Cataclysm[]

Pandaria[]

Warlords of Draenor[]

Legion[]

Battle for Azeroth[]

Shadowlands[]

Dragonflight[]

Voice acting[]

Trivia[]

  • Former Blizzard Composer/Audio Director Russell Brower said he would get "mad" during sessions with Glenn, because Glenn would come up with a piece of music he would have wished to have written.[10]
  • Glenn and Jason had to do a "rush job" on writing the iconic A Call to Arms track, and wrote it in just a couple short days[11], after which it was used in a trailer for Warcraft III.[12]

References[]

 
  1. ^ Glenn Stafford on Twitter: "@JasonHayesMusic @derekmduke and I were the music team for the original Starcraft."
  2. ^ Glenn Stafford on Twitter: "Growing up I studied classical music. I get a lot of my inspiration from there. "
  3. ^ 2017-05-12, The Sounds of Koprulu. Blizzard Entertainment, retrieved on 2017-05-13
  4. ^ 2017-04-27, Rock and Roll Days of StarCraft: a Development Retrospective. Blizzard Entertainment, retrieved on 2017-04-29
  5. ^ Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition manual
  6. ^ Glenn Stafford on Twitter: "Thanks. I'm most proud of Storm Peaks in wlk. I'm really enjoying working on HoTS atm"
  7. ^ The track "Cataclysm"
  8. ^ Jason Hayes on Twitter: "Thank you very much Luciano! @GlennLStafford will also be happy to hear this- he co-wrote it with me :)"
  9. ^ BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Making of the Wandering Ancient Mount
  10. ^ Interview with Russell Brower
  11. ^ Glenn talks Call To Arms
  12. ^ The trailer that "A Call to Arms" was written for

External links[]

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