Lena Raine

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Lena Raine
Lena Raine promotional photo, 2018
Raine in 2018
Background information
Also known asLena Chappelle, Kuraine
Occupation(s)Composer, producer
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Lena Raine (born 29 February 1984[1]), also known as Lena Chappelle,[2] is an American composer and producer. Raine is best known for her work on the soundtracks of Celeste and Guild Wars 2. She has composed music for various other video games, including Minecraft and Chicory: A Colorful Tale.

Life and career[edit]

Raine had an early exposure to music due to participation in choir at a young age. Her father was also a violinist.[3] Through a Sonic fan community she was introduced to MIDI arrangement, first making MIDI versions of songs she knew and then making original music.[4] She later attended Cornish College of the Arts for a degree in music composition.[3] Raine is also transgender.[5]

Raine is best known for her work on the soundtracks of Celeste and Guild Wars 2.[6] She worked at ArenaNet for six years, composing for Guild Wars 2 soundtracks.[7] At ArenaNet, she and Maclaine Diemer were in-house composers of the music for the 2015 game expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.[8] She left ArenaNet in 2016.[7]

In 2018, Raine released the text adventure ESC on itch.io. Raine was the developer and composer for ESC, with visuals created by Dataerase.[9][10] In 2019, she released her debut album, Oneknowing.[11] She composed music for Minecraft, creating four new pieces of music which were included in the 1.16 "Nether Update" in 2020.[12] Her work on Minecraft made Raine the only musician to contribute to the game's soundtrack since C418, who composed most of the game's music from 2011 to 2018. Raine created the soundtrack for the upcoming game, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, with a demo released in 2019.[13]


Raine was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and won American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Video Game Score of the Year in 2019.[14][15] Her soundtrack for Celeste was also nominated for Best Score/Music at the The Game Awards 2018.[16]


Albums and singles[edit]

Year Title Notes
2020 Reknowing[17] Remix album of Oneknowing
2019 Oneknowing[11] Debut full-length album
2X18 Single
2018 Lullaby for Lancer
A Day on the Road EP
2017 Chip Collection Chiptune compilation
Dawn Ouroboros Single
2016 Transference
Acoustic Collection Acoustic compilation
Singularity EP
1999 Changing of the Tide[18] Compilation


Year Title Type
Upcoming Earthblade[19] Video game
2021 Chicory: A Colorful Tale[13]
Celeste Classic 2: Lani's Trek
2020 Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Spin Rhythm XD Beyond The Heart (Broken Heart Mix)
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie TV movie
Celeste: Farewell Video game
2018 ESCISM (ESC Original Soundtrack)
Celeste - Madeline's Grab Bag
2016 Hackmud
PANIC at Multiverse High!
2015 Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns[6]
2014 Dead State
2013 Music Madness


  1. ^ "heya it's my birthday (observed)! fun facts: - it's actually on the 29th but yknow - I don't get twitter balloons this year - I celebrate in feb cos march isn't my birth month - I've celebrated 8.5 real birthdays now - 🎉🎈". twitter.com. February 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Boddy, Zachary (April 9, 2020). "Celeste composer Lena Raine has composed custom tracks for 'the Nether Update' on Minecraft". Windows Central. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Composer Lena Raine talks Celeste Soundtrack & working in Game Audio". Original Sound Version. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview with Lena Raine". Super Magfest. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Archives, PinkFae (September 3, 2015). "Interview: A Conversation with Lena Chappelle". PinkFae Gaming. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Wakeling, Richard (April 9, 2020). "Minecraft's Nether Update Features Music From Celeste Composer". GameSpot. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Olivetti, Justin (August 13, 2016). "Guild Wars 2 says farewell to composer Lena Chappelle". Massively Overpowered. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Johnson, Leif (November 6, 2015). "Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Review". IGN. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Prescott, Shaun (May 18, 2020). "Five new Steam games you probably missed (May 18, 2020)". PC Gamer. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Umar, Akhira (April 26, 2018). "UK alumnus '2 Mello' makes money out of music". The Kentucky Kernel. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Goldner, Cayce Clifford,Sam (March 29, 2019). "Lena Raine's Digital Ambience Can Make You Panic or Help You Relax". Vice. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  12. ^ Winslow, Jeremy (April 15, 2020). "Minecraft Update Adds New Blocks And More For Older PC Version". Gamespot. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Crowdfunding Spotlight - Chicory: A Colorful Tale". TechRaptor. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "BAFTA Games Awards winners 2019". www.bafta.org. March 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards". www.ascap.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 13, 2018). "The Game Awards 2018 nominations have been announced". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  17. ^ Rugoff, Lazlo (August 25, 2020). "Anastasia Kristensen, Yamaneko and more rework Lena Raine on new remix album, Reknowing". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "Lena Raine". Lena Raine. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "Earthblade: The Vibe Reveal". Extremely OK Games, Ltd. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  20. ^ Östergård, Adrian (April 8, 2020). "Minecraft Snapshot 20w15a". Minecraft.net. Retrieved April 8, 2020.

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