Bungie fires Halo composer Martin O'Donnell
Halo series and Destiny composer Marty ODonnell was fired by Bungies board of directors last week, the composer revealed via his personal Twitter account tonight.
ODonnell composed music for Oni, as well as the Myth and Halo series. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Myth 2, Oni and Halo: Combat Evolveds scores on a contract basis with his company TotalAudio. During his time at Bungie, ODonnell directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy, Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST. He often collaborated with TotalAudio partner and now in-house audio design lead at Bungie, Mike Salvatori.
ODonnell, Salvatori and Paul McCartney recently worked together to create the soundtrack for Bungies new shooter, Destiny. ODonnell said McCartney was drawn to the project by an interest in interactive music. The three also produced a symphonic and choralprequel suite for Destiny called Music of the Spheres, which premiered during game music concert performance Video Games Live last July.
We have reached out to Bungie for comment and clarification.
Update: Titled "There are those who said this day would never come...," Bungie posted the following statement regarding ODonnells termination on its official website:
"For more than a decade, Marty ODonnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.
We wish him luck in all his future endeavors."