Are game music themes becoming the new equivalent of the old jazz standards? Maybe, as game covers are going from novelty to meme. Matrix of Matrixsynth sends along this YouTube find. Yes, you can get any timbre you want out of a guitar; nice violin effects, as well. (Now we only need a “Give the Children Some Tripods” fund.) And, in the bizarre world of YouTube, this is only one of many Halo theme song covers:

Say hi to this quartet over on MySpace. Sorry to Mac users who like me remember hearing this theme for the first time at Macworld Expo. How’d that all end, again? (Get your revenge by running Halo 2 under Vista in Boot Camp. Then play Myth.)

Aside from introducing me to the magic of arithmetic (I’ve been away from Sesame Street far too long), our eagle-eyed readers note that Kotaku has interviewed the violinist, Hanah Stuart. Or, anyway, there’s an extended crush-fest that you might call an interview:

That adorable, auburn-haired sprite with the exposed milky calves, hugging her violin? That’s Hanah Stuart… teenage girl, classical violinist, and the pixy who casually pranced upon a high school auditorium stage and rocked the Halo 2 theme song so hard that Steve Vai started spitting up bloody chunks of lung.

There’s nothing like a Gawker blog journalist in love. Now, before I have to re-take Kindergarten, I’m out for the holidays. See you soon.

  • bliss

    Very nice! I still haven't played that game because it was delayed for so long on the Mac. Played a little of it on an old roommates XBox, though.

    Btw, from my view of this video the group is a Quartet + Laptop not a Trio;)

  • http://www.eccentricgenius.ca Kaden

    It's a four piece…the bassist is visible in other camera angles. There's a concert performance video in the wild with the same ensemble as a 6 piece…more percussionists, as I recall.

    I think the violinist is a Julliard student; There's an interview with her on Kotaku, but I can't be arsed googling it up. It seemed evident that it was the first time the Kotaku guy had actually talked to a real girl.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Sorry, gang. I was doing, erm, some subtractive synthesis. Not sure if it was because I can't see straight, or I can't count.

    CDM is now officially on holiday vacation. ;)

  • ganjjjj

    God, lets hope these arent the new standards, although I do think its pretty cool to see high school kids doing such crazy things with MIDI already. I wonder how much quantizing they ended up doing on that, also I don't know the theme song very well (as much as I played halo 2 when it first came out), but I'm assuming everything that was played was written out…? The violin performance would be far more impressive if it had some improv. Too bad that interview didnt contain anything really useful, such as the interfaces and equipment they were using….

    Hee hee, she says steve vai looks like he has "done way too much pot"

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  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Well, don't take me too seriously … I'd still rather hear Cherokee in twelve keys. ;)