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Lena Raine
Lena Raine promotional photo, 2018
Raine in 2018
Background information
Also known asLena Chappelle, Kuraine
Born (1984-02-29) February 29, 1984 (age 38)[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)Composer, producer, game designer
Labels
  • Materia Collective
  • Ship To Shore PhonoCo
  • Local Action
Websitelena.fyi

Lena "Kuraine" Raine (born February 29, 1984), also known as Lena Chappelle,[2] is an American-Canadian composer, producer, and video game developer. Raine is best known for her work on the soundtracks of Celeste, Minecraft and Guild Wars 2. She has composed music for various other video games, including Deltarune and Chicory: A Colorful Tale.

Early life[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]

Career[edit]

Raine is best known for her work on the soundtracks of Celeste and Guild Wars 2.[5] She worked on Guild Wars 2 at ArenaNet for six years, initially as a Game Designer[6] before composing soundtracks for the game.[7] At ArenaNet, she and Maclaine Diemer were in-house composers of the music for the game's 2015 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] A year later, she returned to Minecraft, composing six new tracks for the 1.18 "Caves & Cliffs: Part II" update, alongside fellow video game composer Kumi Tanioka.[13] Raine created the soundtrack for the adventure RPG Chicory: A Colorful Tale,[14] and assisted with the soundtrack for the second chapter of Deltarune, both released in 2021.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Raine is transgender.[16]

Awards[edit]

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.[17][18] Her soundtrack for Celeste was also nominated for Best Score/Music at The Game Awards 2018.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums and singles[edit]

Year Title Notes
2020 Reknowing[20] 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
Snowflight
1999 Changing of the Tide[21] Compilation

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Type
Upcoming Earthblade[22] Video game
2022 Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
2021 Moonglow Bay[23]
Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs[24]
Deltarune: Chapter 2[25]
Chicory: A Colorful Tale[14]
Celeste Classic 2: Lani's Trek
2020 Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Minecraft: Nether Update[26]
Spin Rhythm XD Beyond The Heart (Broken Heart Mix)
2019 Steven Universe: The Movie TV movie
Celeste: Farewell[27] Video game
2018 ESCISM (ESC Original Soundtrack)
Celeste - Madeline's Grab Bag
Celeste
2016 Hackmud
UPSHIFT
PANIC at Multiverse High!
2015 Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns[5]
2014 Dead State
2013 Music Madness

Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2018 ESC Writer, Designer, Programmer, Composer[28]
Celeste Writing Assistance
2019 Guildlings Special Thanks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raine, Lena [@kuraine] (February 28, 2018). "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 - 🎉🎈" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  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. ^ a b Wakeling, Richard (April 9, 2020). "Minecraft's Nether Update Features Music From Celeste Composer". GameSpot. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Guild Wars 2 (June 18, 2012). "Game Designer Leif Chappelle claims to be "working", but is having a little too much fun with the golem launcher". Facebook. Archived from the original on February 2, 2022.[user-generated source]
  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. ^ Leston, Ryan (October 20, 2021). "'Minecraft' just added some new music". NME. Archived from the original on October 20, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Renadette, Brian (August 21, 2019). "Crowdfunding Spotlight - Chicory: A Colorful Tale". TechRaptor. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  15. ^ Klaus (September 25, 2021). "Deltarune Chapter 2 est disponible gratuitement sur Nintendo Switch et PS4 via une mise à jour du premier épisode" [Deltarune Chapter 2 is available for free on Nintendo Switch and PS4 through an updated to the first episode]. Nintendo-Difference (in French). Archived from the original on September 26, 2021. La bande originale composée par Toby Fox, qui a été aidé par Lena Raine et Marcy Nabors, ... [The original soundtrack composed by Toby Fox, with assistance from Lena Raine and Marcy Nabors, ...]
  16. ^ "Interview: A Conversation with Lena Chappelle". PinkFae Gaming. September 3, 2015. Archived from the original on July 3, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  17. ^ "BAFTA Games Awards winners 2019". www.bafta.org. March 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards". www.ascap.com. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  19. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 13, 2018). "The Game Awards 2018 nominations have been announced". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Music". Lena Raine. Retrieved April 8, 2020 – via Bandcamp.
  22. ^ "Earthblade: The Vibe Reveal". Extremely OK Games, Ltd. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  23. ^ "Moonglow Bay | About the Team". Moonglow Bay. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  24. ^ Östergård, Adrian (October 20, 2021). "Minecraft Snapshot 21w42a". Minecraft.net. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  25. ^ "DELTARUNE Status Update - Sept 2021". deltarune.com. Archived from the original on September 18, 2021. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  26. ^ Östergård, Adrian (April 8, 2020). "Minecraft Snapshot 20w15a". Minecraft.net. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  27. ^ "Lena Raine". Billboard. Penske Media Corporation. September 21, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  28. ^ "ESC by Radical Dreamland". itch.io. Retrieved May 17, 2022.

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