Friday, September 19, 2014

Soundtrack September: Destiny

Game: Destiny (2014)
Platform: PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One
Composers: Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori

When I decided to honor a game soundtrack a day for a month, I didn't anticipate honoring any games that came out as recently as this year...let alone this month.

Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, whose work on the Halo series left me underwhelmed (Mr. Holland's Opus-sounding battle themes are not the way to impress me), have redeemed themselves with their work on this game. Destiny's soundtrack offers a similar breadth of grand, cinematic orchestral arrangements, but then adds deliciously bad-for-your-teeth electronic tracks to the mix. Navigating the menus while in orbit is an experience all its own, thanks to beautiful (and appropriately spacey) ambient washes. The more intense battles are made all the more frantic with loud industrial tracks that pulse persistently until the action subsides.

At the time of this post, no commercial release is planned for the music, but I can't imagine that will be the case forever.

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