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Paul McCartney has collaborated on the soundtrack for Destiny, a forthcoming first-person shooter for Playstation and Xbox from the same developers who created Halo. The game, itself a collab between gaming companies Bungie and Activision, is slated for release in the US in September.
According to The New York Times, the former Beatle has spent the last four years, on and off, working on the Destiny score with Marty O’Donnell, who was until recently Bungie’s in-house composer, having crafted the widely praised epic soundscapes that scored the Halo series.
McCartney also worked with frequent O’Donnell collaborator Mike Salvatori and even wrote the theme song for the game, which he reportedly plans to release as a single soon after the game is released, according to Lev Chapelsky of Blindlight, a company that pairs musos with developers.
The score was composed between New York, Los Angeles, and London’s Abbey Road Studios, at one time requiring the use of a 120-piece ensemble, who helped record the theme song at Abbey Road. The orchestra was conducted by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.
Though not a gaming enthusiast himself, McCartney was reportedly excited about the challenge of composing for a novel format. According to the Times, the 70 minutes of music heard in the game’s beta version varies from lush orchestral and choral sections, to eerie-sounding atmospherics.
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