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Martin O'Donnell : Wow, 48.5k (now 301k and growing) views? Is that for real? I had no idea that so many people would care about this relatively obscure moment in history.

UltraViolence : Obscure moment in history?! Dude this is my childhood! This is what magic looks like!

Chris Richfield : I remember the day Halo 2 came out so vividly. I was 11 years old, and i begged my mom to take me to get the game at midnight. She agreed because she knew how much i loved Halo, but told me not to play until after school the next day. I brought the game manual to school and remember reading it all throughout the day and being hyped to use the new battle rifle and dual wield those smg's. For my 12th birthday i invited like at least 15 kids from my school and hauled all the TV's in the house into the living room and system linked them and we ate like 200 hot wings. I'm now a grown ass man and still have never experienced a greater party than that.

LateNightGaming : This was so heartwarming. Halo’s music used to be so incredible. Installation 04 was such an important part of my childhood

Frostmaster : So Vai just improvised that dive bomb at 9:11 on his first play-through of the song? Did he even realize he made one of the most iconic dive bombs in history right there?

Gamecheat13 : Thank You Marty, Very Cool!

mousek801 Mousek801 : "They let me pick, did I ever tell you that?"

Homjek - Halo Videos : [ ] Easy [ ] Normal [ ] Heroic [X] Legendary

ArZChenemy : Mendoza: "Why do we always have to listen to this old stuff, Sarge?" Johnson: “Watch your mouth, son, this "stuff" is your history.”

The Channel With The Beats : "You can't put a choir, orchestra, and electric guitar in one song." Marty: "Watch me"

It's a Question : 8:49 did he seriously just improvise that right there on camera? holy shit

alekkek : Bungie: yeah we're making a game that's like on space and stuff, it's called Halo Marty O'Donnell: *proceeds to create the best soundtrack ever heard in gaming history*

Robert Siegfried : "You might not get it now, but your kids are gonna love it" -Marty McFly


SuddenlyOranges : Getting to *see* that iconic guitar sound in action is kinda surreal. Thanks for this.

Nicholas A. : Honestly the low quality makes the moment an even higher quality

Juan Santillan : I am watching this today.. for the first time. And I had the biggest grin on my face when he played the opening riff. I was in 7th grade when Halo 2 came out. It was the staple of my adolescence. I'm 27 now and about to play Halo tonight with my friends - the same guys I played with as a kid.

Colin Hawks : Who else is a guitarist AND a Halo fan here?

Corey Ballenger : Whether you know it or not, Marty, you and your crew, along with Vai, made history that day. I'm not trying to sound ironic, either. Millions and millions of people have heard this composition and will remember it for the rest of their lives, me included. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Joren Hitosis : I was blinded by this video’s majesty. You could say I was paralyzed, dumbstruck.

WonderMePartyStrip : Wort wort wort 😢

Mo : This was one of my dad's all time favorite games. But my sisters would hog the xbox all the time. One time, when I was six, I woke up at about 2am and heard a noise downstairs, so I went to go see what it was. I walk into the living room to find my dad in front of the tv, in one of our gaming chairs. He pauses the game, turns to me, and only says "It's my turn" before getting back to playing. I never played it til after he died. I INSTANTLY fell in love like he did. Thank you so much for creating one of the most amazing and memorable soundtracks.

Guitarsquatch M. : I never knew how important 9:15 - 9:30 was to me. I got chills and a little choked up when he did that.

Greenskull : History.

A G : 5:25 - If you’re not sitting within full hearing-damage range of your amp when you play then you’re not real enough to chill with these guys.

Warden : Memories 😢 Remember when the Halo Devs listened to us and cared?

MasterSidenine : Been a diehard fan since the Combat Evolved came out in 2001 and I remember playing on The second mission Halo and just getting into this badass Jeep/Hummer like vehicle called a “Warthog” AND THEN the music started playing as I’m traversing a ring like planet and it was at that moment my childhood and life changed forever! I went to school for audio production because of your incredible work!!!! Thank you for releasing this it’s amazing to see this go down!

Jayden Abraham : Why am i crying...WHY AM I CRYING

Halo Canon : Thank you for uploading this! I love seeing behind the scenes stuff like this.

Icky : "why do we always have to listen to this old stuff, sarge?"

Daniel Tallo : At 9:12 chills ran down my spine. This is absolutely magical.

nejnej00 : That Guy in the back realized a master piece was just created infront of him

thefowles1 : seeing marty enjoy his work at 2:20 was such a pure moment. this video is something i've wanted to see ever since that fateful november day in 2004. 14 years late is better late than never!

SameBasicRiff : are you f****** kidding me? next level respect for Vai after seeing this (im only around 9 min too). I sort of respected him the periphery of my taste but watching him here is like a new level of guitar god ive never seen. 7 string bros - where this at?

Backtooth101 : You're like the John Williams of video games. Probably better

Jose Andres Macas Velez : 13:25 so... this is Reclaimer no?

Ö _ : Is there anything Nile Rodgers HASN'T worked on? Haha

The Vengeful 'Vadam : The amount of chills that I felt at 9:13 when he practically nailed the intro on the first take is unfathomable. What a legend. Thanks for uploading this, Marty. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future.

autistic antivaxer's dead child. : This relatively obscure moment IS my history.

The Silver Dragon : You can see they're all enjoying the hell out of it,that's awesome :)

BrxIghtside : Steve vai looks like a christian youth pastor plays like slash

UNV3R1F13D : Weird how, as time went on people always looked into the future. Nowadays, many of us are looking to the past.

Punished Creepswork : marty, if not for your work, i would have never learned the importance of music with visuals.

These Bones : Lets just VAIBE.

TechMetalRules : Nile can't not make it funky! He's awesome! It's fun seeing him try to shred on Vai's axe, haha!

Jordan De Knikker : Martin O'Donnell, is this the guy that did the guitar shredding in "Reclaimer" in Halo 2 OST: Volume 2? That is trulythe most fiery guitar licks I have ever heard.

Impulsejupiter7 : Marty are the rumours true that you are coming back to compose for Halo Infinite?

TOAST : This is like seeing the Bible be written in front of me

Jesus 117 : Casi grito como nena al minuto 8:55 😍

DrivenMind : This is such a fucking awesome and authentic video. People think these kinds of sounds come out of nowhere. I think my favorite part was watching Nile, (one of the most legendary rhythm and funk players on earth) acting like he's so ordinary Halo fan, and trying to keep his shit together realizing he's going to be directing Steve Vai to build the soundtrack for the next Halo. I still don't think non-guitar players understand the context of this video. Nile Rodgers is, right along with Vai, one of the living guitar legends of our time, and watching him literally pull the theme out of Steve Vai via musical osmossis is one of the greatest things I think I will ever get to whitness as a guitar player and video game nerd. So many things that would otherwise be lost to some stupid record label triviality are here on full display. Two guitar legends from different disiplines, working together to build one of the modt iconic game soundtracks in a generation. In it you see Rodger's respect for Vai's astounding technical mastery, and Vai's willingness to let a funk legend and apparent part time Halo nerd, verbally and physically direct him to the solo he was hearing in his head to befit the original. God damn I wish all Youtube content could be this could. Thank you so much for sharing this Martin.