Halo Music Outtakes
These were originally posted at Bungie.net back in June 2002.
For years, movie aficionados have bought laserdiscs and DVDs, not only for their superior reproduction of the original film but also for the cavalcade of bonus features. In some cases you can see how the final movie differed from the original script, or see an alternate ending that was cut because an illiterate test audience wanted big explosions instead of big words. But it's rare to hear an alternate soundtrack for the movie, or hear musical pieces the composer discarded or abandoned before they were finished. This week, Bungie's audio overlord Marty O'Donnell graciously gives you a peek behind the curtain at some of the music that didn't make it into Halo.
"During the course of working on music for a project the size of Halo, many musical ideas and 'sketches' come into being," says Marty. "Some of these little recordings go on to develop and mature into full-fledged produced works, and many don't make it past puberty. While I was putting together the Halo Soundtrack CD, I came across several of these 'children' that I had at one time loved enough to record. Some are good, some bad, some laughable, some interesting, but none in what I would consider a 'final' form." Of course, Marty's fans are always up to hear new O'Donnell compositions, "finished" or not. After the tremendous response to our interview with Marty, which drove our soundtrack sales well beyond our initial expectations, we knew the public would love to hear some "rougher" material from the same sessions. We persuaded Marty to share a handful of them with the public. (Keep in mind, however, that these are all still copyrighted TotalAudio productions, so all the usual laws apply.)