Following his recent collaborations with 343 Industries on the re-imagined soundtrack to "Halo 2: Anniversary" and original score for "Halo: Spartan Assault," award-winning composer and music producer Tom Salta returns to the iconic "Halo" video game series to provide an original score for "Halo: Spartan Strike," the newest mobile top-down shooter from the "Halo" universe launching today for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, and Steam. The game's original soundtrack is available for digital download on iTunes, Xbox Music, and all other digital music services. Sample tracks are streaming at SOUNDCLOUD.
Tom Salta's second solo outing in the "Halo" universe, "Halo: Spartan Strike" continues the legacy sound of the "Halo" soundtracks - featuring ethereal choral arrangements, piano motifs, synth ambience and sweeping sci-fi orchestral compositions that are distinctly identifiable and authentic to the franchise.
Expanding on his "Halo: Spartan Assault" score, which received "Best Original Soundtrack" at the 2014 Game Audio Network Guild Awards, Salta further develops his contemporary musical voice in the "Halo" universe with original sounds to complement the musical blueprint of the first trilogy, combined with a full modern sound production to create a new, classic "Halo" soundtrack.
The score was recorded with the New York Film Chorale and Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and features solo performances by celebrated musicians Jillian Aversa (vocal) and Steve Ouimette (guitar).
Intimately familiar with the "Halo" universe, Salta previously created synthesis, drums, and percussion for "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" and the re-imagined score for "Halo 2: Anniversary" released as part of the "Halo: Master Chief Collection."
"Tom continues to be a great partner for our franchise, and has crafted a stunning musical offering that enhances the overall mix of the game and captures the sonic essence of the Halo experience," said Paul Lipson, Senior Audio Director at 343 Industries.
Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging music for interactive media, Tom Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured in video game titles such as "Halo 2: Anniversary," "Halo: Spartan Assault," "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary," "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands," "Red Steel," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon," and "Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X" series.
Prior to his composing career, Salta toured with and worked on releases by a diverse array of popular music artists such as Peter Gabriel, Everything But The Girl, Deep Forest and Sinead O'Connor. After several years of touring, he transitioned to more studio work including producing, remixing and songwriting. Recording under the artist name "Atlas Plug," Salta released the critically acclaimed electronic / orchestral music album "2 Days or Die" which introduced a new hybrid sound to the visual entertainment industry at large, garnering high-profile placements on numerous television shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, NBC as well as national commercials, movie trailers, and video games.
Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, "Halo: Spartan Strike" is an all new story in the "Halo" universe. You are a Spartan supersoldier in a classified ONI simulation of New Mombasa set during the events of "Halo 2". Delve into 30 challenging missions using an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities, and vehicles. "Halo: Spartan Strike" includes a compelling new story, improved touch controls, updated graphics, for an enhanced pick-up-and-play experience.
To learn more about "Halo: Spartan Strike," please visit Halo Waypoint: HALO: SPARTAN STRIKE
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]