Destiny’s original composer asks fans to destroy his music
Martin O’Donnell, the previous Halo and Fate author whom Bungie fired in 2014, this weekend asked fans to remove, stop sharing, and even ruin copies of his non-commercial work for the Fate franchise, which he had actually been sharing online because 2019.
“This material is owned by Bungie,” O’Donnell stated, checking out a court-approved declaration that arised from a legal action previously this fall. “If you posted any of these assets on a website or other publicly available platform, you should remove the content immediately. If you have copies of these assets, you should refrain from sharing and destroy any copies of them.”
In September, O’Donnell was discovered in contempt of court in Washington state for breaking the regards to a 2015 injunction prohibiting him from sharing or carrying out any of his music associated to Fate or “Music of the Spheres.”
O’Donnell signed up with Bungie in 1999 and produced the music for Oni and Bungie’s Halo video games up until 2010’s Halo: Reach. Initially, he and long time partner Michael Salvatori (in addition to The Beatles’ Paul McCartney) were to establish “Music of the Spheres” as the soundtrack to cover all of the Fate series, which Bungie was establishing for Activision. However the publisher chose not to utilize that music to promote the very first video game at E3, resulting in a series of events, a few of them performed in public view, which caused Bungie shooting O’Donnell.
Although O’Donnell won a subsequent wrongful termination lawsuit in 2015, he was still ordered to return all material related to Destiny and “Music of the Spheres,” whether finished work, drafts, or otherwise. But at the end of 2017, the soundtrack made its way online — and O’Donnell himself said “no one in the world can prevent me from giving you my blessing” to share the music.
At the time, two teenagers who had been trying to recreate “Music of the Spheres” from publicly available material said they had been contacted “by someone with a copy of Music of the Spheres who wanted it to be public,” Kotaku reported. The two did not name their source.
Bungie then officially released Destiny’s original soundtrack in 2018, and in 2019, O’Donnell started uploading music and other content related to that work on his YouTube and Bandcamp channels. That brought a contempt-of-court challenge from Bungie this spring, a ruling in Bungie’s favor in September, and now this note to fans (as well as a $100,000 penalty against O’Donnell).
O’Donnell is credited, along with Salvatori, McCartney, and C. Paul Johnson, on the very first Destiny OST. His most recent video video game soundtrack is for the PlayStation VR title Golem, established by Highwire Games, a studio he co-founded in 2015.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.