Halo 4 trailer introduces series' new composer: hear tracks from the game

Microsoft and 343 Industries' latest Halo 4 trailer takes you behind the scenes on the game's soundtrack. The fourth title features the series' first new composer since Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatore began work on the original Combat Evolved's score. This time, Massive Attack producer Neil Davidge lends the series' signature aural palette a touch of the trip-hop sensibilities he's previously brought to releases such as 1998's Mezzanine.

If this trailer's look into the score leaves you wanting to hear more, Rolling Stone has a stream of Arrival, one of Davidge's tracks composed for the game. Davidge says he's been playing Halo since the series' inception, with the first game a regular fixture in the Massive Attack recording studio. And you wondered why that band's output had become more minimalist even as the Halo series grew progressively more expansive...


  • shadow707 - April 14, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Really pissed that Marty wasn't doin it but after today...sounds pretty good
  • Ariaka - April 12, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Not bad. Different from Marty's, but I like it. Nice to hear something slightly more upbeat.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 12, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    I can dig this. It's... familiar, yet entirely different--just like the rest of the game as far as I can tell. I have a HUGE hope for Halo 4. I just hope that multiplayer is everything I love about Halo, yet adds new mechanic or two. The words I've read on it sound like it's changing a little too much, but we'll see.
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - April 11, 2012 9:23 p.m.

    I wouldn't want them to just try and imitate Marty. There's a sample track on WayPoint's Youtube account, which sounds damn good. From the tiny amount we've been shown, I feel like 343 is trying to move in new directions with the franchise, which I like, because just churning out endless copies of the original trilogy is absolutely not what I want.
  • Hobogonigal - April 11, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    Lookin' good. Can't wait for release!
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 11, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    I liked it. I'm not sure if this guy will be as good as Marty O'Donnell, but hey, that's some pretty big shoes to fill.
  • skirmisher-phoenix - April 11, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Shut up, i wanna hear the SCORE!!!!
  • tiben36 - April 11, 2012 6:17 p.m.

    all of my nothing, halo 4 is gonna suck

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