SoundWorks Collection Interview Series - Composer Clint Bajakian - World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

December 17, 2014 5:34pm

This week we spoke with Composer Clint Bajakian who worked on Blizzard studios video game World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor which sold over 3.3 million copies within the first 24 hours of being released.

Clint took on the task of working alongside six other composers who were all responsible to breathe life and the danger of war into this epic soundtrack that fans have associated with this incredible gaming experience.


The expansion is set after the events of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and takes place on the world of Draenor, the original homeworld of the orcs, prior to its destruction and the creation of Outland. Legendary characters of Warcraft's past, such as Grom Hellscream, Ner'zhul and Blackhand, will appear.

At the end of Mists of Pandaria, Garrosh Hellscream is overthrown as Warchief of the Horde by the combined Alliance-Horde forces and taken into custody by Taran Zhu so that he can stand trial for the atrocities he committed in Pandaria. However, before he can be judged, Garrosh escapes captivity and, with the aid of a mysterious ally, travels back in time to the orcish homeworld of Draenor prior to the rise of the Horde. He creates an alternate timeline by preventing the orcish clans from drinking the blood of the demon lord Mannoroth, which led to their corruption by the Burning Legion and played a major role in the events of the first three games. The clans unite into an "Iron Horde", using technology Garrosh brought from his time, and begin a war of conquest on Draenor, building a Dark Portal that would allow them to travel through time and lay siege to Azeroth of the present era.


Bajakian was born in Massachusetts, United States. He was linked with music since age of 8. In middle school Bajakian played in marching bands, and also played in a range of rock bands from 1977 to 1984. He has studied music at the New England Conservatory, earning degrees of double-Bachelor of Arts in Classic Guitar Performance. Then, Bajakian enrolled in the University of Michigan, earning a Masters of Music degree in Music Composition.

After that, he joined LucasArts under invitation of a good friend of Bajakian's and his co-player in rock bands Michael Land. Bajakian worked for LucasArts from 1991 until May 2000. He has worked on several classic LucasArts games, where he gained much of his fame with mentioned Michael Land and Peter McConnell, his principal coworkers then. While in LucasArts, Bajakian also received fame for his Ennio Morricone-influenced score for 1997 western shooter Outlaws which received a Special Achievement award from Computer Gaming Magazine. After quitting LucasArts he formed his own sound production company, C.B. Studios. His company changed names to The Sound Department, and finally to Bay Area Sound. Recently, he has ventured into working with other publishers as well as writing the score for a short film, The Upgrade. Bajakian joined Sony Computer Entertainment in 2004 and worked there until 2013. In October 2013 he became the Creative Director and Senior Composer at Pyramind Studios.

Clint Bajakian is the Vice President of the Game Audio Network Guild and is a member of Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

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