The first Destiny game has a musical prequel of sorts in Music of the Spheres, a series of eight compositions put together by Marty O'Donnell, Mike Salvatori, and Paul McCartney. (Yes, that Paul McCartney.) The songs were the foundation of the music in the first game and were meant to be a masterpiece of sound that would enhance the game and its lore. Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out that way and Music of the Spheres would likely have never seen the light of day.
Marty O'Donnell was a noted composer for Bungie, putting in a good bit of work for the Halo franchise. He later carried his talents over to Destiny, but he ended up being terminated from the company after disputes with Activision surrounding the use of his music. These disputes led to a court battle which Mr. O'Donnel eventually won. Music of the Spheres was nonetheless quietly locked away, although Mr. O'Donnell had some words to say on the matter on Twitter in late November of this year:
Efforts had been made to re-engineer the tracks from what was suspected to be pieces of the work. Earlier this year, teenager Owen Spence had released his take on the compositions that he assembled after doing some detective work on the publicly-available portions of the court documents.
Over half a year after one of the best fan attempts at re-creating the music, it seems that someone may have taken Mr. O'Donnell's blessing to heart. Music of the Spheres has finally been released to the Internet at large through Soundcloud, leading Mr. O'Donnell to offer a short commentary on the matter:
If you'd like to listen to the tracks, you can check them out here on SoundCloud. Odds are the tracks will be hit with a DMCA at any moment, but once something is out on the Internet it's out there forever. Although the saga of Music of the Spheres has been a tumultuous one, the songs of the universe have finally been set free, a Christmas gift for everyone who's been curious in this.
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