June 16, 2021

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Here’s how Halo 2’s iconic sound was made courtesy of an old DVD Marty O’Donnell just found in his collection

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Halo composer Marty O’Donnell has shared a never-seen-before video that shows how the shooter’s seminal’s sound was created and recorded. It includes live sessions with iconic guitarists Nile Rodgers and Steve Vai that are hairs-will-stand-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck levels of amazing for any Halo fan.

“This might be interesting,” O’Donnell teased in his initial tweet. “I made this 15 years ago and never shared it ‘cuz the camera was set wrong and it’s all dark and grainy.”

After asking for advice on how best to rip the DVD, an hour later O’Donnell had uploaded the 30-minute video to YouTube. The session, recorded on 15th October 2003, gives an incredible insight into how the guitar sections were layered onto the orchestra score and choir.

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