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THE BUZZ: Microsoft and 343 Industries have released a new behind the scenes video for Halo 4, which takes a closer look at how the game’s soundtrack is being created.

343 Industries has finally revealed the man who is behind Halo 4’s soundtrack is award winning composer Neil Davidge.

Neil Davidge Bio

As co-writer and key sonic facilitator on the lauded Massive Attack albums Mezzanine, 100th Window, and Heligoland, Neil Davidge, of Bristol, England, helped birth some of the most arresting and innovative sounds of the Nineties and Noughties. He has also enjoyed a parallel career composing for prestigious film and TV ventures. To date, feathers in his cap have included “The Storm That Brought You To Me,” from Louis Leterrier’s 2010 fantasy film Clash Of the Titans, and his co-written score forTrouble The Water, a moving study of Hurricane Katrina victims that won the ‘Best Documentary’ gong at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Sotaro Tojima, Audio Director for Halo 4, expressed his thoughts on having Davidge as part of the team.

“I’m so excited to announce the Halo 4 music composer, Neil Davidge, finally, today! It was hard for me to keep the exciting news secret for 15 months,” he said. “Back in 2010, I was looking for a music composer who could establish the epic score for Halo 4. But it wasn’t going to be enough to just have great music; I wanted to establish something fresh and new for Halo 4’s score. I needed not just strong talent but also a strong passion for exploring new, less traditional avenues with music.”

“After spending almost a year looking, I finally found a composer from the Bristol music scene who could fulfill all of those requirements and match my vision perfectly. That’s Neil Davidge, of course. And I just fell in love when I listened to his percussion tracks,” he added.

EGM’s TAKE: Halo 4 has a lot to live up to, and without Bungie at the helm fans are bound to be a little cautious in regards to what direction 343 will take the series. By the looks of things they have made a wise choice bringing in Davidge, he has an awful lot of experience and he and the rest of the audio team seems to know exactly what they want from the game. It may not end up being the exact same Halo that we all know and love, but it will certainly be just as impressive.

Earlier this week some new Halo 4 multiplayer details appeared online, you can check them out here.

Are you worried about 343 being in charge or do you have confidence in them? Leave your thoughts below.

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Halo 4 Behind the Scenes Video Offers a Look at the Game’s Soundtrack

Microsoft and 343 Industries have released a new behind the scenes video for Halo 4, which takes a closer look at how the game's soundtrack is being created.

By Matthew Bennett | 04/11/2012 11:00 AM PT

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THE BUZZ: Microsoft and 343 Industries have released a new behind the scenes video for Halo 4, which takes a closer look at how the game’s soundtrack is being created.

343 Industries has finally revealed the man who is behind Halo 4’s soundtrack is award winning composer Neil Davidge.

Neil Davidge Bio

As co-writer and key sonic facilitator on the lauded Massive Attack albums Mezzanine, 100th Window, and Heligoland, Neil Davidge, of Bristol, England, helped birth some of the most arresting and innovative sounds of the Nineties and Noughties. He has also enjoyed a parallel career composing for prestigious film and TV ventures. To date, feathers in his cap have included “The Storm That Brought You To Me,” from Louis Leterrier’s 2010 fantasy film Clash Of the Titans, and his co-written score forTrouble The Water, a moving study of Hurricane Katrina victims that won the ‘Best Documentary’ gong at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Sotaro Tojima, Audio Director for Halo 4, expressed his thoughts on having Davidge as part of the team.

“I’m so excited to announce the Halo 4 music composer, Neil Davidge, finally, today! It was hard for me to keep the exciting news secret for 15 months,” he said. “Back in 2010, I was looking for a music composer who could establish the epic score for Halo 4. But it wasn’t going to be enough to just have great music; I wanted to establish something fresh and new for Halo 4’s score. I needed not just strong talent but also a strong passion for exploring new, less traditional avenues with music.”

“After spending almost a year looking, I finally found a composer from the Bristol music scene who could fulfill all of those requirements and match my vision perfectly. That’s Neil Davidge, of course. And I just fell in love when I listened to his percussion tracks,” he added.

EGM’s TAKE: Halo 4 has a lot to live up to, and without Bungie at the helm fans are bound to be a little cautious in regards to what direction 343 will take the series. By the looks of things they have made a wise choice bringing in Davidge, he has an awful lot of experience and he and the rest of the audio team seems to know exactly what they want from the game. It may not end up being the exact same Halo that we all know and love, but it will certainly be just as impressive.

Earlier this week some new Halo 4 multiplayer details appeared online, you can check them out here.

Are you worried about 343 being in charge or do you have confidence in them? Leave your thoughts below.

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About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89