Destiny’s original composer asks fans to destroy his music

Martin O’Donnell, the former Halo and Destiny composer who Bungie fired in 2014, this weekend asked fans to remove, stop sharing, and even destroy copies of his non-commercial work for the Destiny franchise, which had been sharing online ever since. 2019.

“This material is the property of Bungie,” O’Donnell said, reading a court-approved statement that resulted from legal action earlier this fall. “If you posted any of these assets on a publicly available website or other platform, you should remove the content immediately. If you have copies of these assets, you must refrain from sharing and destroying any copies of them. “

In September, O’Donnell was found in contempt of court in Washington state for violating the terms of a 2015 court order that prohibited him from sharing or performing his music related to Destiny or “Music of the spheres”.

O’Donnell joined Bungie in 1999 and produced the music for Them and Halo from Bungie games up to 2010’s Halo Reach. Originally, he and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori (as well as The Beatles’ Paul McCartney) were to develop “Music of the Spheres” as a soundtrack to encompass the entire Destiny series, which Bungie was developing for Activision. But the publisher decided not to use that music to promote the first game at E3, prompting a series of incidents, some of them in public view, that led to Bungie firing 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 in late 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 they wanted it to be public, ”Kotaku reported. The two did not name their source.

Bungie then officially released the original Destiny soundtrack in 2018, and in 2019, O’Donnell began uploading music and other content related to that work on his YouTube and Bandcamp channels. That brought a contempt challenge to Bungie’s court this spring, a ruling in favor of Bungie in September, and now this note to fans (as well as a $ 100,000 fine against O’Donnell).

O’Donnell is credited, along with Salvatori, McCartney, and C. Paul Johnson, in the first Destiny OST. His most recent video game soundtrack is for the PlayStation VR title. Golem, developed by Highwire Games, a studio he co-founded in 2015.

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