November 5, 2012
Gaming in Stereo: Halo 4 Special – Touching down on Requiem.
This week we will look at the Halo 4 soundtrack. I have had the soundtrack for some time now and it has not left my most played list. It is fantastic in every sense that a soundtrack can be. Even without playing the game you can feel the sense of emotion that sweeps the very personal story of Master Chief and Cortana. Now there are no “Halo” themes from Marty O’Donnell’s work. Just like the new trilogy and slightly different art direction, the soundtrack has been taken in a new direction; but in a very positive way. This still feels like Halo, but it feels so much more fleshed out. A grand sweeping orchestra, masterful choir work, and unique electronics sounds just like the previous games but not when you put it together the way Neil Davidge did. For the remainder of this week we shall take a look at the soundtrack that broke a record its first week of release; being named the highest charting game soundtrack ever.
Requiem – Neil Davidge
The first track we are taking a look at is Requiem; which out of the whole soundtrack feels the most like the previous work of O’Donnell and Salvatori. It’s not a particularly long track clocking in at just 2:19 but the acute choices of electronics at (0:25s) and the track defining sample at (0:40s) feels like Requiem is a technological masterpiece of Forerunner engineering. Combine the electronics with the sweeping strings at (0:46s) as the piece crescendos and it lays a beautiful, alien landscape.
To Galaxy – Neil Davidge
I maybe wrong, I am waiting to play with the rest of you but this track feel like the UNSC Infinity’s title piece. The 5 minute piece is a one giant crescendo that starts soft with a small beat and a few strings, which turn into an orchestrated explosion. I have featured part of this track on here before but this is the whole thing, start to finish. There is a sense of wonder, exploration, pride, and accomplishment that fills the 5 minute journey. The track seems like it could fit well in any beloved Sci-Fi franchise just as well as it does with this one. Enjoy!