Neil Davidge is the Halo 4 composer

#1 Posted by Fosssil (637 posts) -

343 announced earlier today that Neil Davidge (probably best known for his contributions to Massive Attack) will be composing the official soundtrack for Halo 4. They also released a short sample of the game's music:

Thoughts? I had never heard of this guy before today and I don't envy anyone who has to follow in Marty O'Donnell's footsteps, but that sample sounded great. Different from the tone and style of previous Halo music, but it still fits the franchise well IMO.

#2 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (756 posts) -

Seems like good news from what I could hear in the video.

#3 Posted by skadave (208 posts) -

I think it fits the bill enough that most people, including myself, would not know the difference.

#4 Posted by NTM (8225 posts) -

Yeah, it's not bad at all. It's... appropriate, and different than what we've heard from past Halo games. It's too bad I never heard of this guy either.

#5 Edited by iAmJohn (6141 posts) -

I am so fucking into this it's not funny. Hopefully the soundtrack will sound a lot less like Halo and a whole lot more like Massive Attack.

For those who don't understand why this is a good thing:

#6 Posted by Tylea002 (2382 posts) -

That sounds epic, and indeed different. Man, I hope this game is both good and different. I'm cautiously excited, but if I'm still shooting elites at the end of the day, then I'm out.

#7 Posted by Capum15 (5082 posts) -

Oh wow, that sounds pretty great.

#8 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5094 posts) -

Needs more monks.

#9 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7595 posts) -

That's pretty impressive. I like the idea of this Halo having more of a different feel/style, so hopefully that's something that carries through more than just in the music.

#10 Posted by big_jon (6096 posts) -

I have been waiting for this.

#11 Posted by MonetaryDread (2292 posts) -

Sounds like your generic big budget OST. No different than Crysis 2, Transformers 3, or some other random product that wants to sound more epic.

The musician has talent, I have to give him that.

#12 Posted by RubberFactory (305 posts) -

Massive Attack is awesome, so hopefully this turns out awesome too. In fact they should just make the whole Halo 4 soundtrack Massive Attack songs.

#13 Posted by big_jon (6096 posts) -
#14 Posted by Phatmac (5915 posts) -
#15 Edited by Village_Guy (2743 posts) -

While I certainly love Marty - I must say that I enjoyed Halo Wars' soundtrack a lot too. Oh, and I do trust 343i, especially after listening to their podcasts and, of course, with Frankie O'Connor as one of the head-honchos over there, it can't go all wrong.

EDIT: Listening to it, it isn't quite there yet, especially when comparing it to the classic chanting themes from Combat Evolved and Halo 3, and the more diverse soundtrack from Halo 2.

Sounds a bit generic compared to what Marty has made - maybe taking a few cues from the other games and add a little chanting (though I'm sure there'll be some in the game).

EDIT 2: Listening to some more of Martys music makes me a bit sad, the classic Halo themes are much more powerful than the sample - hopefully there will be other - better - tracks in the final game.

EDIT 3: Hah, I didn't realize how many videos I posted - Well, time to find the old soundtrack discs till I can get my Halo games on tomorrow.

#16 Edited by believer258 (12601 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

I am so fucking into this it's not funny. Hopefully the soundtrack will sound a lot less like Halo and a whole lot more like Massive Attack.

For those who don't understand why this is a good thing:

That's the theme song from House. Cool, I like that particular sound. Not hugely fond of it but I believe it could fit well into the Halo universe.

And this@big_jon said:

sounds fantastic.

Still, not much of anything has ever gotten me more excited than this:

#17 Posted by big_jon (6096 posts) -

My favourite Halo soundtracks are Halo 2, and Reach.

Also, just because I love to do this I'll leave these here.

My hero!

Halo sound dudes!

#18 Edited by zombie2011 (5171 posts) -

Wow, i'm pretty pumped after listening to that.

Probably my favorite piece of video game music.

#19 Posted by big_jon (6096 posts) -

@zombie2011: That is one of the best, but it makes me remember getting sniped by Jackals, then chased down by Drones on Legendary.

#20 Posted by Aleryn (718 posts) -

Sounds good. Thanks for the link.

#21 Posted by JeanLuc (3793 posts) -

Sounds good. Has that Halo feel but also feels very different at the same time, which I like.

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