Deseret News – Level up: For new video game music, Salt Lake City is becoming a hotspot


SALT LAKE CITY — Imagine members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Now imagine them in a recording studio, singing in the Black Speech of Mordor, that ominous tongue from “The Lord of the Rings.”

That really happened though.

It was for the popular ongoing video game series “The Lord of the Rings Online,” the musical scoring for which is recorded in Utah. Chance Thomas, a composer based in Bountiful, has composed the series’ music for years now.

It’s an example of how Utah has become an increasingly popular place for the video game industry to record its musical scores. As it turns out, Utah’s orchestral community has become the solution to numerous issues the video game industry typically faces with its orchestral scores.

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