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The Making of "Your Turn to Roll" | The Legend of Vox Machina
- Published on Mar 25, 2019 veröffentlicht
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Go behind-the-scenes for the making and recording of the new Critical Role and The Legend of Vox Machina theme song, "Your Turn To Roll", feat. Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham, and Jason Charles Miller! Special thanks to Outloud Audio in Burbank, CA for the use of their amazingly comfortable state-of-the-art facility.
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Song Title: Your Turn To Roll (Critical Role Theme)
Written by Sam Riegel and Jason Charles Miller
Lyrics by Sam Riegel
Produced by Jason Charles Miller
Vocals: Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham
Comments • 1 834
Laura felt embarrassed singing in front of Travis? I think she might have a crush on him, guys.
They are married right? I don't watch them regularly, so I'm not 100%
They'd be pretty cute together tbh.
@Villain Voice someone told Foster lmao
Don’t we all? 😅
How unreal Laura was feeding Ronin while singing this and Ashley came to record late at night after working on TLOU2 all day that’s. They’re so cool
@Sword Czar :0 thanks for that fact
@RinTheGreenClaw The Last Of Us part 2.
She can officially tell him she took him everywhere with her lol
So much passion and hard work!
Sam saying " after she [Ashley] had been doing a videogame job all day" is quite possibly the understatement of the year
*side eyes TLOU2*
Sam Rigel is a real life, modern representation of the bard class
You sure Bards aren’t the fictional version of Sam Rigel?
Big bard energy
that. is. true. After watching his scanlan I really can't imagine other bards playing out xdd
Theres a reason he played scanlan
Me in 2020, playing The Last of Us Part II: “Laura Bailey is such a badass.”
Me in 2021, late to the party and discovering Critical Role and learning that Laura breastfed her baby while recording a song: “Laura Bailey is THE badass.”
I got another one.
SPOILERS FOR TLOU II:
When she and Ashley were filming the end fight scene for the game Laura held her breath during the drowning scene for so long her lips turned blue. Now that’s commitment.
Nein out of Nein
@Rafael Jesus Francisco Ramirez Arellano They were brainstorming and Liam pitched Mighty Nein as a joke on his Zemnian (German) heritage. It means basically The Big Nope, and they all loved that there were only 7 of them so it would confuse people, which is an appropriate response for the level of chaos in this group.
@Rafael Jesus Francisco Ramirez Arellano because they roll many, many, many nines in the second campaign. So they decided to make it a part of their groups name.
@DasKame Mighty Nein is the name of their second campaign. I'm just starting so I don't know why they are called like that. Any experts??
I dont get that "nein" Gag, is that a Fantay-Speak Joke?
Loving the "translation"
Sam Regel is a freaking creative genius...
He appears the goofy fool but him and Travis carry that group HARD. I mean mat is of course a massive influence it the shows popularity and everyone contributes both those two are the real life DMs.
@Daniel Carneiro yes everything can be trained. But some learn faster then others and some have a way higher starting point then others. We are not born equal a psychology student should know that.
@Daniel Carneiro As a music composer, I think skills can be trained and creativity can be improved by those skills but only to a certain extent. Imagination and spontaneity are part of a person's personality, and I believe they heavily construct the built-in aspect of creativity. In Sam's case, those traits of his personality are probably why he even pursued a voice acting career and has hobbies in the creative field such as music.
Especially with his DnDBeyond ads
No, i am not sorry for that comment
Sam has an Emmy
When the tv show comes out, he could win a grammy for the theme song.
Then we just need a Critical Role movie and then a version of the movie on Broadway.
Boom. Sam Riegel: EGOT
Samuel Oscar Riegel... Nice.
His middle name is Oscar if it helps :D
Travis hyping up Laura and Laura being all shy infront of Travis is THE CUTEST 😵🥰
Travis went from jock to lumberjack dad
@Xiatter Lumberjacks are basically barbarians.
I like to think it kind of works like a Pokémon evolution
Like your Jock can either go "Lumberjack" dad or "Beer belly" dad
let's meet in the middle and say he's a lumber-jock dad
I sometimes forget how actually talented the whole cast is (Sam especially). Like yeah they're voice actors by trade but I mean c'mon...Ashley and Laura nailed this song and those harmonies and Sam helped compose the whole thing from scratch and it sounds like something you'd hear in a big budget film. Hats off to all of em
I really dig how the "Critical!" sounds in the "roll! Critical! Roll! Critical!" part. The fact that "Critical" has 3 syllables (and strong consonants) makes for a cool percussive gallop efect.
Well said! The sound is so quick and attention grabbing.
THIS IS SO GOOD. Also can we talk about Laura laying down these amazing vocals WHILE NURSING RONIN?! What a freaking badass woman.
@Justin having just one hour to record a good theme song when you aren’t a singer alone is notoriously difficult, let alone breastfeed that is notoriously painful and let’s the mother bleeding more often than not. But sure, not difficult at all…
@Justin do you speak from experience?
Neither of those things are difficult.
Was literally just about to comment the same thing!
Laura is just treasure
it's ... weirdly like actually really sweet and kinda cool that she was feeding her son while creating music for something she loves, ya know?
She's our Angrboda
It's Amazing to remember that this all started as a one shot Birthday game, and it has become an indrustry.
"Sam Riegel: Composer" I think you mean "Sam Riegel: Actual Bard"
Phew good thing there arent dragons here
His powers as Scanlan have transferred to his actual self. It’s amazing and I love it
Laura is embarrassed in front of her husband but not in front of her friend, I need friends that make me feel like that
As someone who studies early child development and education...
I have to hole heartedly thank Laura for holding Ronan during that singing session
That has a pedagogical value you can’t even imagine
It does wonders.
I would love to know too!
I totally want to hear a TED talk breakdown of this. Sincerely.
That feather boa is an old voice actor trick to reduce ambient echo in the booth ;) I love this!
That is actually pretty cool!'😋
...And I think Ashley looks pretty in that boa! 😁
wait really? i thought ashley just wanted to look snazzy lol
Genuinely thought it was just for extra flair lol
She just wanted the excuse to wear one
I was wondering why she had that 🤣😂🤣
i can’t believe “Your Turn to Roll” was Ronin’s first lullaby Laura sang to him lol
Ellie and Abby singing together is wonderful
I had a feeling that Ashley was the one singing the theme song but I had no idea that Laura was in this singing as well oh my God I can't wait for this series I LOVE IT
The first part is Laura and the second verse are with Ashley with some combined lyrics with Laura. :)
THEY SEEM LIKE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL GROUP OF FRIENDS AND THIS IS ALL I WANT IN MY LIFE
18yrl Ronan watching himself breastfeeding whilst a fire mixtape is being made 👁👄👁
So it all started because Travis took a daring leap and asked for something out of Sam's brain. Fortune favors the bold!
Rolled two nat 20s on a advantage roll basically
Love the way you put it
As if asking Sam to show what he thinks of is as dangerous as taking a leap of faith off of a cliff
He who dares, wins.
I believe that's the words of the British SAS.
Travis: "Hmm, maybe Sam has some ideas? I could ask him I guess..."
Matt Mercer jumps up from behind the couch as both Travis and Laura recoil from surprise and the baby laughs at them.
"Roll for persuation!!!"
You know almost every show I watch I skip the intro... I never skip Your Turn to Roll. Never fails to get me pumped for the episode.
'cause when you see the CR intro you know that...
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!
"A video game job."
Wonder what job that was, Elli-I mean Ashley.
P.S. If the writers of the Blindspot can like, make your character take a vacation or something, that'd be great.
@ReligiousOptimist so Ashley can play more
"Ashley has been working a video game job all day"
Me: THE LAST OF US?!,
@mothafraker when the song was made? Where did you get that from? They've known each other for many years by the time this was made.
She's known them for years! This song wasn'tnt made that long ago.
She hadn't met any of them them yet. She met them through Brian, whom she met because he was Troy Baker's(Joel) roommate.
She was working on _The Last of Us Part II._
and it actually was revealed to be the last of us xD
It is amazing how much talent is packed into one group, role playing, singing, acting, producing, writing, voice acting.
Scanlan's lightning crotch powered all of that equipment
Was that something that happened in the campaign
And it still does to this day.
Travis cheering on Laura is everything and all of them are just so precious I could cry.
WE LOVE ALL OF YOU GUYS SO MUCH PLEASE NEVER STOP BEING AMAZING HUMAN BEINGS!
Except Taliesin. He should never stop being an amazing... whatever he is, but we know it's not a human being.
I love how D&D's best gnome bard is a bard irl too, coming up with even the theme for the campaign
Sam has so many talents man, always impressed with what he creates.
Oh snap! That footage of the S.H.I.T.S. is Ashley's perspective of the moment they got the flying carpet!
@Paul Guy and to think, all this came about because a group of friends decided to do a one shot for liam’s birthday.
There's at least one other video one of them made from their old home game. You can see how they've been great friends for ages.
Ashley posted that footage on her youtube channel in 2014, before Critical Role was even a thing. clip-share.net/video/0rsks5PWfG8/video.html (I of course didn't see it until recently, so I recognized those exact shots in this video from having seen them earlier this month.)
If you've seen the full video Liam recorded of the flying carpet scene, it can help to place the scene from Ashley's perspective.
@Stefano If you look at the beginning of the clip, Sam mouths "flying carpet" and the swooshie motions Matt's making (and the players excitement) definitely seem to back it up
Being a Dad and maybe a night-owl, Sam seems to create a lot of amazing content late into the night! Gods Bless him, he brings such joy AND inspiration to others. And shout out to Travis, who inspired his friend Sam to use his prodigious lyric-creating gift. That's what friends are for.
Me: ...Is Ashley wearing a feather boa??
Also Me: Of course she's wearing a feather boa, why *wouldn't* she be wearing a feather boa.
She's wearing it because Sam's booth echoes a little. The boa reduces the effect. Apparently.
the Mighty Nein version part of 'roll the dice' always seems to break me a little bit because of Molly's cloak. I always get a little twinge inside.
I cry literally every time I watch that intro lol
The lyrics just too fitting for that scene, in a sad and beautiful way.
@Animental Didn't Vax come back every time he died? He came back as the Raven Queens servant or whatever
long may he reign.
AH NO, SPOILERS
Laura: "For some reason I get real uncomfortable if like, Travis is there..."
D'AWWW SHE STILL WANTS TO LOOK COOL FOR HER HUBBY!
I've been listening to Colm Mcguinness's music for ages, had no idea he did the violin for this!!!❤❤❤
Sam is a genius, Ashley and Laura are in the zone, #travisbouncelikebaby, and it’s soo cute how Laura gets nervous when Travis is there!! I’m so proud of them!!
no one is going to talk about Ashley wearing a boa despite how tired she was? I want the video roll of both Ashley and Laura singing
2:59 Two points:
First - wouldn't you be *more* comfortable singing in front of your spouse?
Second - how the hell is this woman 40??? She looks amazing.
One of my favorite things about Critical Role is how much everyone involved believes in each other and builds each other up. I love these nerds so, so much. ❤️
I want to like your comment so much but it's set at 666 and I don't want to change it.
Well half of the CR cast members are married to another cast member or they were friends for years before the show even started. So correct they literally do love each other.
Before they were cast members, they were best friends
I've been saying that that is the thing that really makes Critical Role great. They are all extremely talented and creative and now they've got good money behind them for a pretty elaborate set up, etc. But I think if you put that much talent together with a lot of money it still wouldn't be that great if it wasn't REAL friends who care about each other playing a game they love.
I believe that is the true secret of their success. We are all so starved for positive human connections in this world of rampant corruption. Their intentional emphasis on loving and honoring each other is exactly why I tune in every chance I get. The incredible story telling is just a massive bonus.
Ash trying her best not to over act while singing at the start is adorable.
OMG I can't believe how much money they've managed to raise and I'm just soooo happy that they can create this. They all seemed so excited about this project and thinking back to what the campaign was just a few years ago makes me so proud of them for coming this far and proud of being part of such a wonderful community.
I will always be a critter. I love you all cast and crew of Critial Role!
Also, I think I've found my new favorite song.
This is probably the most serious, professional Critical Role video I have ever seen. I'm baffled.
I love that they all have a part in the theme. It makes it that much more special and makes me love it all the more
There’s a problem with this video. It isn’t 6 hours long.
"Take a chance, roll the dice!" always gets me. ALWAYS.
"Ride with the moon in the dead of night" wait-
Gives me damn goosebumps
Is this hell or paradise?
Major goosebumps everytime.
The instant the intro was revealed, I went "New workout music: Acquired!"
Sam's original vocal made me realize how similar the melody is to Dead and Lovely by Tom Waites, although obviously very different styles.
Seeing Ashley and Laura singing.... oh... my.... god.
I know that they are all grown adults but watching these people succeed and thrive makes me so happy and proud!!!
I like that Ashley provides the vocals since she is always so busy, she still remains part of the adventure
I LOVE Ashley and Laura’s voices so so so much!!!!! Like they’re so badass and I love them so much 💖💖💖
If you’re interested, I could tell you the story I came up with over the weekend. It takes place in _World of Warcraft,_ during the events of _Shadowlands,_ and involves Laura’s character, Jaina Proudmoore.
Its cute how shes embarrassed in front of Travis
TexTheBest (Insert child name here) Footbread rocker gina (insert last name here)
crispymartyr They’re married, genius!
@TheDrexxus is he a hacker for a super-crime organization?
Gabby Escobar when you get married you don’t have to change your last name I know lots of adults who are married that have legally different last names
@SonsOfLorgar there are countries that lets you choose either lastname but it has to be the same for all children (meaning all of your children must have the same surname). As for making up it, I guess you could in some countries. The point I was trying to make (but i guess failed to mention) was I don't think it archaic to take your or your spouse's name because your children would still need family/surnames and it would even be more non-inclusive if one of the parents has a different surname (in some countries, the wife legally has retains her surname but I don't know which surnames the children has to follow). I mean imagine, Parents John Smith and Jane Doe and the children Tom Smith, Dick Smith and Harry Smith. It's like your trying to exclude the mother from Smith family.
I mean, can you not love Travis more for initiating this?
This was really cool to see how the theme song was born and evolved into what it was to become.
Are you serious?!! They filmed the recording session. That's amazing!!
Why are Travis and Laura so freaking adorable together? Ugh
Awesome! Love Jason's vocals in Final Fantasy 14. This is just a epic!!!
Ashley & Laura are in their zone
The auto zone
With her and Brian getting married I'm guessing she'll probably want to move back to LA.
@JCGver and after that: Buy out Vax's contract with the raven queen
I love Ashley and Laura getting into their groove. Dice toss ftw.
That is so bad ass that she nursed while singing! I'm a mom if three, and that is just so empowering to me! ♥️♥️♥️
Honestly I didn’t even know it was them. I thought they hired professional singers. Damn! That’s some good singing and the fact that the cast came together to make it makes it all the more better!
I honestly had no idea that Laura, Ashley and Travis provided the vocals for this song. Wow! So much talent!
All of this makes me so happy I really hope they'll be able to create more theme songs in the future
I found it funny how Travis was bouncing while singing his part, and no joke when I play it at home, I also subconsciously bounce along to the laughter of my family.
So Sam has a booth in is house, and he still recorded it on his phone haha
meet Taylor Swift
It's not improbable that he was in his other booth
@CampaignerSC quite true. its why I always carry a notebook everywhere, in case I can't use why laptop fro reasons.
If you don't record an idea right away it could be gone forever.
They DID say it was late at night just after they got the kids to bed, he probably can't go and start running around the house to record himself dropping hot bars in a little recording booth while his kids are just trying to sleep.
He also probably wasn't thinking it was actually going anywhere like this, or he'd probably done it more proper.
2 years later and I still get chills listening to this!
They deserve every success watching these guys can totally change a crappy day lol.
Laura is such a SUPER MOM! Feed that baby while you play that song!!! 💖😍🌸✨
seeing Ashley sing gave me goosebumps a second time after already getting some while listening to the song the first time
Pretty bummed this ended up not actually being the theme.
"That will be cut"
Narrator: It was not, in fact, cut.
In my head it sounded like Ron Howard in arrested development
@Andrew Duncan I don't want these
Huh.... why did the narrator’s voice sound like Morgan Freeman’s voice as I read that... lol
@Nick Buschiazzo COME ON!
Dont stop with a song please...The Might Nein needs an animated show with all of you as the voice actors
Does Ashley sing in a band? If not she totally should. Both her and Laura really killed it in this.
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Literally got chills in the first 20 seconds. I am so excited for this.
I'm going to build a shrine to Sam Riegel in my home. And Matt... And everyone else.... God, they're all so amazing...
Travis's enthusiasm is intoxicating haha
It's crazy to see the beginnings of the show now that the first episodes have actually aired
They killed it on this song. I Originally didn't care for it but after hearing it a few times I started to love it.
It's crazy to see them so close to each other without masks
They used the footage of the gang finding the magic carpet during the home games. Nice, such a clutch moment.
Just incredible. Such a fantastic little song; just wish there were more of it.
Sam Riegel is a gift
@Major Zipf More of a service
Critical Role is a gift
This needs to be a meme with that pic of Sean bean in lord of the rings. When they are discussing what to do with the ring lol
I had no idea Laura and Ahsley sang it! Such brilliant ladies :)
The fact that Laura still gets nervous around travis is the cutest best thing ever
I've watched/listened to the intro so many times yet I still get goosebumps everytime that last line is sung "it's your turn ... to roll"
The fact that the cast actually the singers makes it so much better.
Finding out that James Charles Miller worked on this too, along with the vocals of FFXIV Shadowbringers just brings me so much joy
2:50 is the cutest thing. Lol Travis jamming and bouncing is the best
I love how nerdy all of them are. They are just children that have professional careers making funny voices and rolling dice.
An insane thought has just occured to me, like a wayward nat 20 of the mind- just imagine if the cast were ever able to arrange to perform this song on stage, with live music and vocals, in front of an audience of critters.
Laura getting nervous in front of Travis is literally the cutest thing I have ever heard.
Somebody needs to make a compilation of the times Sam says "that will be cut" and it wasn't cut.
i love it how the group's Bard was the one who wrote their theme song, very fitting
Ashley is adorable, at the start while she was singing she was about to lean away from the mic and remembered not to
Shoutout to Sam and the rest for being so creative
You know I could never tell if it was Laura or Ashley doing vocals, turns out it was both
You all made a freaking awesome piece of music, no even more than that an Epic theme for an Epic group of players!
I honestly didn't realise Ashley sang in this. I thought it was all Laura (excluding the Critical Critical Role Role in the intro of the intro).
Really? I recognized Ashley's voice right away. Took me a little longer to figure out Laura. Ashley's done quit a bit of singing. Look it up on youtube if you haven't heard it already.