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365 Days of Inspiration!

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"Music makes the mind move."

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365DaysofMusic is devoted to providing a prompt a day for writers and artists by sharing music that members suggest. Note the group to suggest as much music as possible! Join requests are automatically accepted.



:dummy: The group is open for business! Project 365 Days of Music has started as of June 1st, 2012!


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I noticed something the other day about the Halo franchise. There are officially 10 soundtracks, excluding the remastered Halo: Anniversary and Halo 2 Anniversary soundtracks. Listening to all of them over the course of one day, I felt compelled to make a list, though purely opinionated, on which of these albums I felt best represented Halo, the number one spot going to the soundtrack I feel best represents Halo musically. The songs I chose to represent the soundtracks are based on replayability (MUSICAL replayablity). My choices may surprise you....



10
Halo: Legends
- Machines and Might




Starting off our list is the soundtrack for Halo: Legends, a whopper of a soundtrack in terms of remixes; most of the soundtrack consists of songs that had already made an appearance in the Halo franchise before the release of Halo: Legends, which was not a game, but a series of animated episodes explaining the story behind the Spartan program that conceived Master Chief, as well as the history of the Covenant's holy Arbiter. Because of the presence of so many remixed songs, I can't fairly say whether this soundtrack is decidedly Halo in comparison to the other soundtracks.

Machines and Might, while being the shortest track on this list at just over one minute is an original song from the soundtrack that builds in tension, something a lot of Halo music does, and does so with a distinct Halo vibe captured by the two composers of the soundtrack, Tetsuya Takahashi and Yasuharu Takanashi.


9
Halo 3: ODST
- Asphalt and Ablution




Halo 3: ODST won and was nominated for many awards musically. It's probably, alongside Halo 4, the most distinct soundtrack in the Halo franchise with its obvious jazz influence and fusion of electronic sounds and African percussive influence while still reverberating the overtones of the game it is composed for in a noir style. It's hard to play a song off of Halo 3: ODST and not have a Halo fan identify it from the game.

Asphalt and Ablution is a piece of music that, like many other songs from the soundtracks, consists of different moving parts. All of the influences stated above can be heard in this one ominous package of a song. It is the epitome of the soundtrack, though probably not the most iconic from it. And I could listen to it over and over.


8
Halo 4
- Arrival




Halo 4's soundtrack has been widely lauded and largely criticized for how distinct it is compared to the other soundtracks out there. The music is quite exceptional, with some songs blending the electronic and the orchestral, something that Halo has repeatedly done, however, most of the music from Halo 4's soundtrack doesn't work as a standalone piece, only finding its place when in-game. After the fallout from the music, Neil Davidge, member of trip hop duo Massive Attack and lead composer of the Halo 4 soundtrack, was subsequently not brought back for the next major soundtrack in the series, and instead, his co-composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, who scored all of the considerably more iconic themes in Halo 4, including the intense Arrival, was brought back to lead the creation of the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians' soundtrack.

Probably the most recognized song from Halo 4, Arrival is a song that builds up intensity through its percussion and through orchestral means, and does it twice. Most people introduced to this tune encounter it on the final mission of Halo 4, where it serves as a backdrop for the emotional onslaught Chief is about to face when confronting the Didact.


7
Halo Wars
- Spirit of Fire




Halo Wars' soundtrack was composed by Stephen Rippy who considerably succeeded in paying homage to Halo's musical roots while creating a collection of pieces that could stand on their own. Unfortunately, the game it was composed for never met critical success and a lot of the music from it is often overlooked in favor of the more major games' soundtracks.

Spirit of Fire is one exquisite example of the soundtrack that is Halo Wars. Combining Gregorian chant with electronic flitting sounds and an overreaching orchestra, the song is very fitting for the game and serves as the menu music for it.


6
Halo: Reach
- Tip of the Spear




Halo: Reach's soundtrack is often described as percussion-heavy, and rightly so. It still does not lose focus with what Halo is musically and enhances the themes already present in Halo with great instrumentation not seen before from 5-time Halo composer Martin O'Donnell, who decidedly left the Halo universe with a bang since Halo: Reach's unique soundtrack.

The aptly titled Tip of the Spear is found in the mission Tip of the Spear in Halo: Reach and does a great job of what it's there to do, blast an anthem for blasting aliens while laying the overtones that the planet of Reach will fall to the Covenant.


5
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
- Axios



While many Halo fans are aware of the episodic film titled Forward Unto Dawn, even fewer are aware of the lovingly hand-crafted soundtrack for it. Composed by another one-time composer for Halo, Nathan Lanier, the soundtrack captures the ominousness of impending doom in the film but also the live-action intensity it brought with it.

At the forefront of the soundtrack is a song dubbed Axios, which can mean either, "worthy" or "he is worthy" depending on context. It is the motto of the military academy in the film Forward Unto Dawn. With this song playing in the background, how could anybody not feel worthy of fighting to see another day?


4
Halo 3
- One Final Effort




Halo 3 was an amazing conclusion to the original trilogy, and musically it is one of the best. The soundtrack has many pieces of music that are brilliant, incorporating the aggressive aspects of electric guitars and electronic sounds into what is actually a more orchestral collection of musical pieces. Because the music works so well as a whole and not any individual track, I have much more to say about the song above than the album itself

Most often recognized as the music that plays during "the warthog scene" in which the player as Master Chief makes his getaway off of the Ark before the replacement installation detonates, One Final Effort encapsulates everything that was and is Halo 3: intensity, achievement, epicness, the finishing of a fight, and contains that iconic sequence of piano notes scattered throughout the soundtrack that signify unexpected hope.


3
Halo: Combat Evolved
- Halo




The original Halo soundtrack is remarked as the first of its time: a full orchestral sound to accompany a video game. At the time, soundtracks were hardly even full of enough musical content to be used the way Halo: CE's soundtrack was triggered during different scenes of the game. There were so many options to choose from to represent this soundtrack, but none symbolizes Halo's mission more so than the above closing track.

With this closing track off of the original and definitive Halo score we have come to the theme that the previous song on the list is derived from, Halo. Be sure to brave the silence to listen to the closing of the song.


2
Halo 2
- Mjolnir Mix




Halo 2's soundtrack is legendary, that is no question. Building upon the foundation of what was Halo: CE's musical success, Halo 2 brings more musical content to the table along with legendary guitarists Steve Vai and John Mayer doing guitarwork for the score. Returning composer Martin O'Donnell set out to do the impossible, top the musical precedence that was Halo: CE's famous soundtrack that had now set the tone for other game publishers to include musical accompaniment that not only stood by the game, but by itself.

Among the most well-known pieces of music is Mjolnir Mix, which features Steve Vai taking the helm and melodies of Halo to a new level in terms of awesomeness. When this song played, you felt like a badass among badasses.











So you may be wondering, what is THE Halo soundtrack that is best representative of the Halo universe.










And you may be naming off Halo games in your head searching for another piece of Halo content that has a fully composed score.










Well...









...it's none other than the most infamous Halo game put forth.









1
Halo: Spartan Assault
- Finishing the Fight




Everything about the game Halo: Spartan Assault makes me absolutely hate that I spent money on it.

The soundtrack however, couldn't be a more definitive representation of what Halo music is. Composed by Halo fan and musician Tom Salta, every track off of the soundtrack is everything that the Halo franchise has established up to this point and is everything the Halo universe is about: an epic orchestral sound, drums and percussive instrumentation coming out your ears, a sense of hope along with a sense of dread surrounded by the iconic riffs, melodies and sound that is considered Halo.

While the song above, Finishing the Fight, is only a sample, and is my favorite track among many favorites, I fully recommend hearing it as the closing of the album and culmination of all the music that came before it....





Thanks for reading and making it this far. Lastly, I'd like to ask for feedback. If you are entirely new to the Halo universe, I'd be very interested in knowing the following:


What does this music evoke for you?


And if you're an old-timer to Halo about to belch a rebuttal of my order, consider that I may be more interested in hearing your interpretation:


How you would order the 10 soundtracks above and their music?


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troisnyxetienne Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey guys. I'm having trouble submitting to the "Member Created Music" folder -- when I hit 'Contribute to Gallery', it is always stuck at "Music Inspired Artwork".

Please, can anyone help me through this? I'd like to submit this... [link]
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Shuriken95 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
When you go into the gallery, there is a submit button next to each individual category.
Just click on the submit button next to "Member Created Music" and it should automatically set that folder as the destination.

Hope this helps! :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good evening and thank you for accepting my poem, "Ever." I appreciate it. B-)
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Shuriken95 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No probs mate. :) It's a well written poem with quite a unique inspiration!
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TalentlessArtlover Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thanks for making my group whore status official. Damned if music wasn't just the thang to make a conformist out of me.

Here's a song.
Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
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Yeah, Willie's boy and his band singing of a "Peaceful Solution". Sometimes, it's nearly impossible to find but it's rare that one can't be found IF the will for peace is present.

I'll do the note thang another time. I NEEDED to hear this lil diddy right now.
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morkner Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
If anyone wants to join my new group, called F-31, they are welcome to. It is a psychological Horror writers society.

all stories are TERRIFYING!!

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Shuriken95 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds interesting mate. I'll join up. I may not have much anything to contribute, but I like reading those kinds of stories!
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morkner Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Bad News Everyone, I just found out Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has left Queensryche.
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Shyanne-Kai Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
:( I was just listening to them yesterday.
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Shuriken95 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WHAT!?!?!
That guy was a legend!!!
...my god...

Goddamnit, I just looked on Wikipedia and found out that this happened two months ago! How didn't I find out??

...Damn, he was one of my favourite vocalists too...
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