Online gaming is a strange phenomenon, one that thrives on a 'real' social environment intertwined with a virtual, fantasy one. I think I was as surprised as anybody when I found myself singing and playing guitar to 40 or so people from the other side of the Earth – via the internet – as fill-in entertainment while we waited for our 'raid' to get back on it's feet for another large-scale attack on a virtual big-boss-baddie inside 'World of Warcraft'.
The next week, I came prepared with a made-up song based about the plight of a fictitious in-game character, and thus the 'Pally DPS Song' was born, to about as much appraisal as you can expect from several dozen happy drunkards spending their evenings going 'pew pew' together. I would write more, but it wasn't until late 2009 that I decided I would take a stab at actually recording something, rather than just playing live. On top of this, I was inspired by some of the great machinima (movies made using in-game footage/modelling) that had emerged at the time, and set to making my own to accompany the tunes (you can find them all on YouTube).
Though primarily a guitarist, I will happily stray wherever music will let me, and consequently the material on this album is fairly eclectic in style, as well as mood – the end result of a wandering bard's virtual meanderings over the last two years. Along the way I have been fortunate enough to work the incredible Emberisolte, who appears on three tracks and features on 'Sentinel Hill'.
I've spent the last six months carefully remixing and mastering the audio to finally produce quality tracks of these songs, and at last it is done... I hope you enjoy them.