Heroes of Tyria: First Wave

by Dustin Branscum

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1325 AE; Zhiatan's fall. 1326 AE; The menace of Scarlet Briar. Throughout history, the bravest have always answered the call to defend Tyria from those who would destroy her. For those two years, the need for champions was never greater.

Listen to the stories of seven souls who stood and fought against the dragons and villains that would have destroyed the realm; the Heroes of Tyria.


Heroes of Tyria began in 2014 as an attempt to create a body of orchestral work and practice orchestral music composition at the same time, all while creating original, short loopable themes for the Guild Wars 2 community.

This release contains the first wave of characters I did themes for, the titular arrangement of core Guild Wars 2 themes, and two concept pieces for boss battles. These compositions were created between January 2014 and May 2015, and represent my first forays into orchestral music.

I'd like to thank:
• God, for everything
• ArenaNet, for creating Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, and for supporting my music in such a huge way (if you're reading this and don't own the game, don't bother paying for this album; BUY GUILD WARS 2)
• Rubi Bayer, for being the most awesome tour guide during my trip to ArenaNet
• Gaile Gray, for constantly featuring my tracks on Community Showcase Live and being super-supportive of my music
• All of the players that submitted characters for this project
• Iri Alexander, for contributing the epic album art featuring all of the characters
• codemite, for being my one-man hype team over at Reddit as I released these tracks originally
• OverClocked ReMix, for helping me grow into the musician I am today
• My wife Kristina, for continuing to put up with me pouring all this time, effort, and money into making music that I just end up releasing for free
• You, for listening to this aspiring video game composer's first attempts at orchestral music


released April 23, 2016

All compositions by Dustin Branscum unless otherwise noted in track descriptions.
Original album art by Iri Alexander. Album art edited by Dustin Branscum.
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DusK Indianapolis, Indiana

Hi! I'm Dustin. I compose music for video games, and do fan arrangements, usually also of music from video games.

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