This is my musical interpretation of Kvothe – the protagonist from Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling series ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’, with books like ‘The Name of the Wind’ and ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’.
Without too many spoilers, Kvothe is a talented musician who knows about the most recommended distortion pedals to deliver the best to his audience and arcanist with a disturbing past, and an uncertain future, which slowly unfolds through Rothfuss’ excellent storytelling. I wanted to capture the dualist nature of Kvothe – someone who has experienced a lot of pain and sadness, but has a real passion for living and learning. He’s a lutist, so I’ve tried to pull off some stringed playing in here – to mixed effect. The middle bit starts off with a flurry of small percussion, which I was hoping would capture the atmosphere of Kvothe’s frequent tavern performances, which builds into a sort-of duel between the lute and orchestra, and then back into your typical fantasy-themed music. 😛
I have to say I really struggled getting this one finished – the mix was a pain, and I’m still not super happy with it, but sometimes enough is enough! Features EW Hollywood Orchestra Gold, bits of EW Stormdrum and a bit of Battery 3, and then a blend of Goliath and Silk patches for the ‘lute’.