Author: Chris Wickham
The Eastern Kingdoms are the eastern continents of the world of Azeroth, which were formed after the Great Sundering split the landmass into separate islands. This eastern landmass is home to the northern tattered kingdoms of Lordaeron and Quel'thalas, which were razed during the Third War and are controlled by the Forsaken and small pockets of the Scourge. The southern continent, also known as Azeroth, is home to the rebuilt human stronghold of Stormwind and the mighty dwarven empire which resides in Khaz Modan. The Dark Portal, the only known entrance to Outland, is situated in the Blasted Lands to the south east. The geography and landscape of the Eastern Kingdoms is diverse, ranging from overgrown swamps and verdant forests, to snowy peaks and grassy highlands. The island has an illustrious history as the battleground for the First and Second Wars, when it was mostly under Horde jurisdiction until recently.
A mere two hours of music was composed for the original release of World of Warcraft but many of these short tracks have achieved an iconic status amongst players, despite their short length and multiple uses. Russell Brower, Senior Director of Audio at Blizzard Entertainment, comments that the music of 'vanilla' WoW was composed in groups to accompany similar locations such as cities, forests and taverns. However, several of the more notorious regions were awarded their own soundtrack. Even though new tracks were composed after the region was transformed following the cataclysm, these original tracks are still an integral part of Warcraft's sonic universe. Brower comments that the music of the original release, compared to Burning Crusade, do not have much of 'a life outside the game.' However, I expect this statement will be met with opposition by long-term players, many of which have formed a special connection with these nostalgic soundscapes.
The Music of Mists: an Interview with Russell Brower - 6th April 2013 (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/9762739)