Marty O'Donnell (center) with Paul McCartney (left) and Michael Salvatori (right).

Martin O'Donnell (who goes by "Marty," "Marty the Elder," or "The Maestro") was Bungie's long-time Audio Director and is a legendary figure in the field of video game music and sound.[1][2] O'Donnell was the main composer for Destiny, along with his long-time recording partner Michael Salvatori and with contributions from world-renowned artist Paul McCartney.[3]

O'Donnell was a fan favorite, appearing often in public both on Bungie's official website and on panels, in interviews, and on social media.[3][4][5] One of Bungie's famed "Grizzled Ancients," O'Donnell also created the music for the Myth, Oni, and Halo games (with the exclusion of Halo 4 and Halo Wars).[1][2]

On April 16, 2014, O'Donnell announced he had left Bungie, claiming on Twitter that he had been "terminated without cause" on April 11, 2014;[6] Bungie said that the two parties had parted "as friends."[7] Pete Parsons, Bungie's chief operating officer, clarified that O'Donnell's music will remain in Destiny, and that his departure would not negatively impact the remaining development.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Meet the Team: Marty O'Donnell". Bungie Inc.. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1  "Marty O'Donnell on LinkedIn". Retrieved 15 Nov. 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Valjalo, David. (2013-08-1) "Paul McCartney’s videogame Destiny – Bungie’s Martin O’Donnell on working with a music legend". Edge Magazine. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2013.
  4. Marty the Elder on
  5. @MartyTheElder on Twitter
  6. Twitter "Tweet". Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  7.  "There are those who said this day would never come...". Bungie Inc. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  8. , Pramath. (17 April. 2014) "Bungie Insists Destiny is on Track". Retrieved 18 April. 2014.
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