The highly anticipated Halo 4 hits stores and Xbox 360s everywhere this Tuesday. It’s already garnering near-perfect reviews from websites and video game magazines. Just as the gameplay is being praised, so is the music in the game. The release of the Halo 4 Original Soundtrack marks yet another progression in the sphere of electronica music.
Microsoft, 343 Industries and soundtrack partner 7Hz Productions dropped the official music debut of the fourth chapter in the Halo series Oct. 22.
Davidge’s collaboration with the Xbox franchise signifies the first new composer to develop the soundtrack behind a Halo game since it’s maiden edition’s release more than a decade ago.
A special edition two-disc and DVD box set, including a Halo 4 remix album, will also be released close to the date of Nov. 6. In an effort to construct the alternative soundtrack, Davidge pursued renowned artists from various genres worldwide, like, DJ Skee, Sander Van Doorn, Caspa, KOAN Sound, Matt Lange, Alvin Risk, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and many more in order to produce the 14 track remix album.
Joint partnerships with major corporations and electronica musicians such as these serve to represent a major potential stepping stone in the genre itself, and an example for what the future in the music world may hold.
Have a listen to the track “Awakening” and its remix counterpart below.