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Check Out Clips From The Entire Halo 4 Soundtrack Right Now

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Thanks to the magic of iTunes, Halo fans can now get a substantial taste of Neil Davidge's music for the upcoming Halo 4. The soundtrack has been listed for preorder on the British store, and you can listen to short samples of each of the 15 tracks.

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I've been looking forward to hearing the soundtrack for quite some time. Earlier this year, I had a nice long conversation with Davidge about the challenges and process behind taking over a series as iconic as Halo, given that Marty O'Donnell's scores for the first games are so revered by fans of the games.

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The samples make it clear that Davidge is bringing his own energy to the series, but that's a good thing - dig how he's blending some wild electronic sounds with that gigantic orchestra. Microsoft is really throwing down the cash for this game, huh? You just can't simulate the sound of a big-ass orchestra playing in a grand studio. This is going to be one big-sounding game!

I'm looking forward to hearing the whole thing, and more importantly, to hearing how it works with the game itself. And of course, to seeing if any of my my amazingly accurate soundtrack-based predictions about the game's story are actually accurate.

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Halo 4 Original Soundtrack [British iTunes via Nubuwo]

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I can't get behind Davidge's ideas. I can understand the desire to season the franchise with a dash of your own flavor, but Marty has already clearly established the tone of the franchise. In Davidge's defense, all of these pieces are major-motion-picture quality and do service to the franchise with their breadth and scope; this is better music than most triple-A titles can ever hope to achieve. That said, I already miss Marty's obsessive use of E Dorian. You can hear Marty's influence in 'Requiem', '117', 'Ascendancy' and 'Haven', but that's it.

Davidge is amping up the electronica to the point that it's out-of-place. Marty used electronica to effect in every Halo soundtrack it was complimentary to the classical overtones, not subversive. Is anything on this sampler nearly as iconic or moving as 'Unforgotten' (H2), 'One Final Effort' (H3), 'Tribute' (H3), 'Finale' (ODST), 'Tip of the Spear' (Reach) or 'Winter Contingency' (Reach)?