The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe

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The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe


Halo: Original Soundtrack


Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori




Ambient Wonder


Trace Amounts


The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe is the eighth track included in the Halo: Original Soundtrack.


It is composed nearly entirely of percussion, only having a deep bass note towards the middle of the piece and some vocals at the end of the piece. The rest of the sound is produced by a combination of drums, auxiliary percussion and hand-clapping, which is usually unheard of in many tracks written for Halo.

The piece was primarily written by Michael Salvatori with additions from Martin O'Donnell.[1]


The track can be heard:

Reorchestrated versions[edit]

It is reorchestrated into the following:


  • The name of the soundtrack is most likely in reference to the Halo Array, as its near activation can be interpreted as a "Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe". The phrase is also that of the first section of the level Two Betrayals.
  • The drum beat upon which the track is based is one of the stock loops from the E-mu Proteus 2000 synthesizer.
  • Martin O'Donnell produced a variation of the piece utilizing hip-hop beats, but the piece was cut from the game. The piece was retroactively named "Seriously?",[2] and O'Donnell later implied that the piece did not survive the test of time.[3]