343 And Pyramind Studios Remaking Halo Soundtrack For Anniversary Edition

by Matt Helgeson on Jul 06, 2011 at 01:08 PM

Microsoft's 343 Industries division, which oversees all things Halo including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition, has big plans for the HD remake's soundtrack. 343 has partnered with Pyramind Studios to remake the original game soundtrack, using the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Chanticleer vocal ensemble.

The soundtrack team will remake the original's soundtrack (composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori) note for note, but with a newly recorded orchestral and vocal arrangement.

“It was a huge undertaking to transcribe, orchestrate, and produce every note from the original game soundtrack files” said Paul Lipson, Pyramind Studios COO/audio director. “Our team approached every aspect of the music with an immense amount of skill and care, keeping the core Halo sound while updating the production to today’s highest standards.”

The portions of the soundtrack done with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra were recorded at the storied Skywalker Sound facilities at Skywalker Ranch (pictured above).

Pyramind Studios has a long track record working in games. The company has done all aspects of game audio, including voice overs, music, and sound design for such games as Infamous 2, Halo, BioShock 2, God of War, and God of War II.