Nearly 15 years ago, Bungie, the developer of the first few Halo video games, ran a contest to win a Zune. (Side note: I loved Zune. The hardware was awesome, and I had much less trouble syncing my music in the Zune software compared to iTunes) The gist of it was to submit songs that were directly about or inspired by Halo, and I made and submitted a song for it called “H.A.L.O.” This is before Halo 3 came out, and I barely played Halo before Halo 3, to make that clear.
Anyway, I’d be lying if I said I totally forgot about the song I submitted for this contest; I think about it every so often. But I don’t remember the last time I actually listened to it. I didn’t even know if I had any of the stems lying around. Cut to a couple of days ago, and what do I find? The stems for my Halo song as well as various renders of the tracked song! Here’s the “mastered,” “CD quality” version. I imagine this is what I submitted to Bungie.
As we listen to it now, it’s laughable to me that I thought it was ready to be submitted for a contest. The vocals are particularly bad. But there is something special about it. It was recorded after I was done recording Boobs, Butts, and Feets and before I started working on Modus Operandi. That’s actually a pretty long span of time when I wasn’t recording a whole lot.Continue reading “The Lost Tapes: “H.A.L.O.””