Neil Davidge of Massive Attack will compose the score for Microsoft’s upcoming shooter Halo 4 the publisher has announced.

‘As a passionate Halo fan, I’m incredibly honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to compose the score for Halo 4,’ said Davidge. ‘Music has always been at the heart of what makes Halo so captivating and iconic. With Halo 4 we want to build upon the franchise’s amazing legacy and create a score that captures the awe and wonder of the Halo universe, and reinforces the deeper and more emotionally impactful journey Master Chief will embark on.’

As co-writer and producer for the last three albums from pioneering trip hop group Massive Attack, Davidge is an award-winning composer, record producer, songwriter and musician who has helped create some of the most innovative sounds over the past two decades and made an indelible impression on the music industry.
Halo's Master Chief

The partnership between Davidge and developer 343 Industries marks the first time a new composer has taken the reins for the landmark series’ score since the launch of the original Halo game more than a decade ago. Working in collaboration with 343 Industries, Davidge and his production team enlisted a 16 person hand-picked male tenor / bass choir plus 10 female Bulgarian vocalists, a full 50 piece orchestra and a whole host of other performers to bring the music of Halo 4 to life through a massive production effort on par with a major Hollywood blockbuster.

‘Neil has a deep love and appreciation for the Halo universe, and the music he’s composed perfectly captures the heroic spirit and emotional power of Master Chief’s story,’ said Sotaro Tojima, audio director for Halo 4. ‘Neil is a remarkably talented composer who has a unique vision for the future of Halo’s music, and I’m confident his work will spark the passion and excitement of a whole new generation of fans.’