The past decade has seen computer game soundtracks come of age.
Sure, the music used by those 8-Bit programmers was rich, evocative of a certain era, but the way the game industry operate now exists in an entirely different world. Soundtracks are lush, lavish experiences with some highly sought after composers.
People like Neil Davidge. Connected to Massive Attack, the musician was brought in to oversee the orchestral epic which soundtracks 'Halo 4'. Gaining almost as much attention as the game itself, the score utilises the varied talents of a 50 piece orchestra, members of the London Bulgarian Choir and countless guest musicians.
As if that wasn't enough, a remix album is also in the pipeline. Handing the material to guest producers, the 'Halo 4' score is stretched and re-worked in different ways. By way of a preview, ClashMusic has been granted the stream of 'Awakening' as re-worked by Gui Boratto.
Opening with a very simple synth line, Boratto slides in some techno inflections before the epic nature of Davidge's score reveals itself. Grandiose and dramatic, the new version of 'Awakening' stretches out towards the seven minute mark, slipping and sliding through forms, styles in the process.
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‘Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Remixes’ is set to be released on October 22nd.