What does Massive Attack have to do with Halo 4?

Recording sessions for the Halo 4 soundtrack
Recording sessions for the Halo 4 soundtrack
What does Massive Attack have to do with Halo 4?

The link is round about in the that composer Neil Davidge is the lead composer for the Halo 4 soundtrack. David produced Massive Attacks' albums, perhaps most notably Mezzanine.

Neil Davidge halo 4 composer
Neil Davidge
He's now landed the role of the Halo 4 composer and had this to say:

“Music has always been at the heart of what makes Halo so captivating and iconic. With Halo 4, we want to build upon the franchise’s amazing legacy and create a score that captures the awe and wonder of the Halo universe, and reinforces the deeper and more emotionally impactful journey Master Chief will embark on.” Which sounds like complete PR spin to me ;)

This vidoc however strongly suggests he and 343 are on the right track for Halo 4's soundtrack.

Sotaro Tojima, Audio Director for Halo 4 had this to say of Neil "When we met up, it was perfect—I discovered that he was a huge fan of the Halo series and had an equally strong passion for matching the next Halo score with his technique and experience. He was also willing and, indeed, enthusiastic to have strong communication, collaboration, and tough iteration with 343 to build something really special with Halo fans in mind. We were exactly on the same page! For me, there was no reason to look any further."
And here's a sample of the music released by 343:

What do you think? Does the music sound like Halo? Is it too different? I reckon it's it's pretty epic with some nice chord changes.

You can download a short sample track right here - thanks 343!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that's a pretty refreshing choice!