I discovered in 2002 this superb music from the award winning soundtrack
of the first video game from the critically acclaimed Halo trilogy by Bungie
Studios. Matching the best film productions, this score redefined at the time
the perception of music originating from this field and was pointed to as a
sign of increasing legitimacy of video game music in the entertainment industry.
Composed and performed by Martin O'Donnell (who came from a television & film background)
and Michael Salvatori, this instrumental music touches elegantly on different
genres, from classical orchestral score to cool drum beats and new age
sensibilities. What captured my interest was the diversity of rythms and
instrumentation creating palpable moods throughout the album, yet with the recurring
theme of the gregorian choir that harmonuously connects it all together. This
awe inspiring composition was, and remains to this day, the best music
to score my visuals.
I thank Martin O'Donnell for his early support and his patience throughout
the many years it took me to complete my vision of the film.
He provided for Hawaiian Starlight a unique 5.1 surround mix which delivers
a powerful and engaging sonic experience.
Bungie Studios develops games that combine intelligent stories, brilliant
technology, and beautiful art. I thank them, as well as Microsoft Game
Studios, for accepting to see this original music used in the very
different context of my art, science, and educational oriented film, which also
aims at combining an intelligent story, brilliant technology, and beautiful art!
The table on the right lists the Halo tracks used in the film.
The whole soundtrack is available on CD
or for download.