One interesting side effect of having a developer like Funcom being based out of Norway is that we are introduced to a whole cavalcade of interesting Scandinavian names. Case in point: they recently posted an interview on their official site with Knut Haugen
, the game's composer, to celebrate the release of the Age of Conan
official soundtrack on the iTunes store
. The soundtrack itself is suitably epic, and you get a robust 25 tracks for the respectable price of $9.99. Plus, you get to own an album by a guy named Knut! Quite a deal.
As for the interview itself, Haugen talks about how he got into composing originally and how he came to be acquainted with the Age of Conan
team. He also talks about the intricacies of balancing Age of Conan's
ancient, almost primeval ambiance with a desire to convey complex emotions for a situational score. It's an interview that's definitely worth reading, as it effectively relates an aspect of game development that we often hear too little about.