Marty O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney's Music of the Spheres album project was originally planned to a musical prequel to the first Destiny. However, it was never released due to O'Donnell being removed from the project. Well, now you can hear what you're missing as the album was just released online in full.
Kotaku is reporting that the entire album is currently available to listen to in full from start to finish, clocking in at nearly 50 minutes worth of music that was left on the cutting room floor following O'Donnell's firing back in the middle of 2014.
The album features a series of songs based on Destiny that Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori put together. The majority of the songs are instrumental tracks with the final song being a vocal piece by Sir Paul McCartney, the former Beetles member. Anyone has listened to the old Halo soundtracks that O'Donnell did for Bungie back when the company was under Microsoft's wing making the company's biggest franchise, will easily recognize the melodic string sections, the thumping drums, and the atmospheric use of a choir that O'Donnell has become renown for with his music.
So how did the album make its way online if Bungie nor Activision published it? Well, according to Kotaku, O'Donnell sent out a tweet at the end of November, 2017, stating that 100 copies of the album had been given away before his departure at Bungie and that he certainly wasn't going to stand in the way of those people sharing or uploading the contents online if they wanted to.
Obviously, some fans of the series decided to upload the entire album onto YouTube. In fact, you'll find various uploads right now of Music of the Spheres. Given that it's still technically property of Bungie and Activision, it's likely that either or both might use some legal muscle to get the album pulled from YouTube.
Marty O'Donnell was originally fired from Bungie back in 2014 well before the release of Destiny, which came out in September of 2014.
There was a pretty big falling out over several issues, including the direction that O'Donnell felt Bungie was moving in... or rather, the direction they were moving away from. The audio director felt as if the development studio was no longer cultivating its own atmosphere any longer and was succumbing to the corporate nature of Activision. Creative differences eventually turned into O'Donnell being fired.
While O'Donnell may have been fired, now that the Music of the Spheres is out and available to listen to across the net, at least there's some sort of vindication for all the work he, Michael Salvatori, and Paul McCartney put into the game's soundtrack. You can search it up and find the complete album on YouTube for the time being, or just until Activision or Bungie begin sending out the copyright strikes on the channels hosting the album.
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