Sumthing Else releasing Halo: Reach soundtrack

Tradition dictates that a new Halo game be accompanied by an official soundtrack release, and Halo: Reach is no different. Sumthing Else Music Works has announced that it will release the Halo: Reach original soundtrack both digitally an in a 2 CD set.

The soundtrack will be available for download from iTunes and Sumthing Digital on September 14, the release date of Halo: Reach. Fans of physical media will have to wait a bit longer, as the CD set won't hit retailers until September 28. Those who pre-order on Amazon can snag the soundtrack for $13.99, two bucks off the standard price. You can preview the album now at Sumthing Digital.


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SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF HALO: REACH ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

2-CD Set Features Music Score by Award-Winning Composers
Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori

New York - September 10th, 2010 - Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack featuring the original musical score from this year's most anticipated video game Halo: Reach composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Created by acclaimed developer Bungie Studios exclusively on Xbox 360, Halo: Reach is the blockbuster prequel to the best-selling Xbox franchise of all time. The Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com and iTunes® to coincide with the game's release on September 14th. The 2-disc CD set will be released on September 28th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com.

"Mike and I are pleased to be able to release the Soundtrack to Reach," said composer Martin O'Donnell. "We've been composing and producing music for Bungie's Halo universe since 1999 and this soundtrack represents the culmination of our efforts. Once again we were able to work with other composers C Paul Johnson and Stan LePard, along with recording much of this music at Studio X in Seattle with the Northwest Sinfonia and Choir. This is about 2 hours' worth of music culled from the more than 5 hours of music actually produced for the game itself. We hope everyone enjoys listening."

Halo: Reach represents the culmination of Bungie's 10 years of experience crafting groundbreaking Halo games that have raised expectations for what can be achieved in a video game. Experience the fateful moments that forged the Halo legend. This is the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, and their final stand on planet Reach, humanity's last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. This darker story is echoed by grittier visuals amid a backdrop of massive, awe-inspiring environments. Characters, enemies, and environments are rendered in amazing detail by an all-new engine designed to deliver epic-scale encounters against the cunning and ruthless Covenant.

For more information on Halo: Reach please visit www.halo.xbox.com.
For more information on Bungie Studios please visit Bungie.net.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit www.sumthing.com and www.sumthingdigital.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.