We speak to composer, Tom Salta. Tom has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured in video game titles such as Halo: Spartan Strike, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault (G.A.N.G. Best Original Soundtrack Award), Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, From Dust, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Red Steel (IGN Award for Best Original Score), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X series and original songs and adaptations for the world’s #1 dance game series, Just Dance. In addition to these scoring assignments, Salta has created music for numerous national commercials and ad campaigns for companies like Coca-Cola and the Marines, as well as music for Hollywood film trailers.
Following his recent collaborations with 343 Industries on the re-imagined soundtrack to Halo 2: Anniversary (released as part of the Halo: Master Chief Collection) and award-winning original score for Halo: Spartan Assault, Salta returns to the iconic Halo video game series to provide an original score for Halo: Spartan Strike, the first Halo video game to be released on Apple mobile devices.
His second solo outing in the Halo universe, Spartan Strike continues the legacy sound of the series – featuring ethereal choral arrangements, piano motifs, synth ambience and sweeping sci-fi orchestral compositions (recorded with the New York Film Chorale and Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra) that are distinctly identifiable and authentic to the franchise. Expanding on his Spartan Assault score, 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 Halo: Spartan Strike soundtrack is available now for digital download on iTunes, Xbox Music, and all other digital music services.
The Sound Architect