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 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. ūüėõ

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’.

 Rothfuss fans or not, I hope you all enjoy it!

‘The Legend of Kvothe’ is released under Creative Commons BY, and you can use it for whatever the heck you want, as long as you credit me. Download the track here: