Halo: Original Soundtrack

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Halo: Original Soundtrack


June 11, 2002


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Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori


Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori


Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori, Harry Hmura, Arnold Roth, Peter Labella, Everett Zlatoff-Mirsky, Elliott Golub, Nisanne Howell, Marylou Johnston, Kevin Case, Barbara Haffner, Larry Glazier, Judy Stone, Robert Bowker, Jeffrey Morrow, and Rob Trow

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"Themes, moods and even the duration of these pieces will change and adapt with each player's Halo experience. I took the liberty of remixing and rearranging all the music in order to make listening to the soundtrack more enjoyable."
— Martin O'Donnell

Halo: Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack for the video game Halo: Combat Evolved. Composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, it was released on June 11, 2002. It contains most of the music from Halo: Combat Evolved, with some pieces remixed into medley form. The soundtrack features a wide range of musical styles including chanting, string orchestra, and percussion. A special edition of the soundtrack was released on October 28, 2003, featuring a trailer, demo movie, and music for Halo 2.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Opening Suite – 3:33
  2. Truth and Reconciliation Suite – 8:25
  3. Brothers in Arms – 1:29
  4. Enough Dead Heroes – 3:00
  5. Perilous Journey – 2:26
  6. A Walk in the Woods – 1:52
  7. Ambient Wonder – 1:57
  8. The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe – 2:26
  9. Trace Amounts – 1:51
  10. Under Cover of Night – 3:41
  11. What Once was Lost – 1:40
  12. Lament for Pvt. Jenkins – 1:14
  13. Devils... Monsters... – 1:30
  14. Covenant Dance – 1:57
  15. Alien Corridors – 1:48
  16. Rock Anthem for Saving the World – 1:17
  17. The Maw – 1:06
  18. Drumrun – 1:01
  19. On a Pale Horse – 1:35
  20. Perchance to Dream – 1:00
  21. Library Suite – 6:47
  22. The Long Run – 2:12
  23. Suite Autumn – 4:22
  24. Shadows – 0:59
  25. Dust and Echoes – 2:49
  26. Halo Theme – 4:22
  27. Siege of Madrigal – 1:04

Album credits[edit]

  • Brendan O'Brien – Producer
  • Michael Ostin – Supervisor
  • Mike Plotnikoff – Engineer
  • Keith Armstrong – Mixing Assistant
  • Eric Miller – Engineer
  • Sandy Ting – Executive Producer
  • Cameron Payne – Marketing
  • Martin O'Donnell – Conductor, Producer, Orchestration
  • Dim e – Mixing Assistant
  • Nile Rodgers – Vocals, Producer, Supervisor
  • Chris Lord-Alge – Mixing
  • Howard Benson – Producer
  • Flea – Trumpet
  • Richard Hilton – Engineer
  • Steve Vai – Guitar

Bonus DVD[edit]

An extra DVD was included with some copies of the soundtrack and had four options in the menu:


The first option is the X02 Trailer, which is the official Halo 2 trailer when you see John-117 in his MJOLNIR Mk.VI Powered Assault Armor.

E3 2003[edit]

The second option shows a concept version of the city of Mombasa in Kenya on Earth. It shows appearances from John-117, SgtMaj. Avery Johnson, UNSC Marine Infantrymen, UNSC Marine Shock Troopers , SSgt Marcus Banks and Cortana's voice was heard in the demo.

The bonus DVD premiers the new M12G1 Warthog LAAV, Type-29 Shadow, and Type-52 "Phantom" Troop Carrier. It showed appearances of Brutes, as well as the first versions of the BR55 Battle Rifle and M7 SMG.

X02 Trailer music[edit]

The third option is the X02 Trailer Music that shows a image of the Master Chief in the background holding a Battle Rifle about to leave the Orbital Defense Platform Cairo into space. It plays Halo, a song that can be seen on disc of the soundtrack.

E3 2003 Trailer music[edit]

The last option is the E3 Demo Music which like the third option shows a image of the Chief but he is dual-wielding SMG's looking up at the sky before Orbital Insertion Pods land near him. It plays The Maw, also from disk one of the soundtrack.


  • Many pieces from Halo 2: Original Soundtrack and Halo 3: Original Soundtrack are remixes of or are based on pieces from this soundtrack.
  • While not displayed on the list of tracks, the soundtrack contains the song Siege of Madrigal. It plays following a period of silence near the end of the last track.
  • One piece of music, heard on the level Assault on the Control Room, does not appear on the soundtrack. It is available on Bungie's website here. Bungie and Marty O'Donnell have never publicly named the piece, and it is thus referred to as "the Lost Song" by fans.