Quantcast
How Paul McCartney got involved with Destiny's soundtrack - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Destiny  




How Paul McCartney got involved with Destiny's soundtrack photo
How Paul McCartney got involved with Destiny's soundtrack

1:00 PM on 02.17.2013

What the legendary musician brought to the table


Marty O'Donnell is one of the more recognizable names from Bungie, and really in the videogame music circle, up there with Nobuo Uematsu, Akira Yamaoka, and the like. He's the man responsible for all of the amazing Halo music, and this time around, he's heading up the Destiny soundtrack with the assistance of some major star power. 

While Bungie was only just skimming the surface in regards to what they were willing to reveal of Destiny to the press, Marty and his team really opened up and revealed how Sir Paul McCartney, of Beatles fame, joined the project and what he brought to the table.

A talent agency who normally connects Bungie with voice talent asked Marty a simple question one day: "'Hey, we've gotten some interest, how would you like to collaborate with Paul McCartney?'" To which Marty replied: "'Of course, I mean, why not?' But I said that's insane, that's not gonna happen. And he says, 'No, I think there's some interest -- we're going to open a channel and dialogue.'

"So that ended up happening pretty quickly and I got to meet with Paul. Paul's very, very interested. I think his interest was really piqued when he worked on Rock Band Beatles Edition. I think he saw how big the videogame industry is and he is the kind of person who wants to create wherever he can contribute. He likes contributing, and creating in places he's never tried before. My very first meeting with him he was very interested in the technology and the way we do interactive music, just the whole attitude behind what our world of Destiny was going to be."

Marty stressed that Paul "didn't only want to do Paul McCartney kind music and just look for a new vehicle for him. He actually wants to get involved in how themes are worked into the game, how melodies and motives can be an emotional touch point for people as they're playing the game, and we're really collaborating on this."

Paul is known as an incredible artist, composer, song writer, and as a great collaborator. Marty asked Paul how he wanted the working relationship to play out and Paul's instant reaction was "'Oh no no, I want to collaborate! Some of my melodies, and some of your spooky bits is going to be great! It's going to be our music.'

"We were able to get going and from that point forward we've really had a great relationship. I've met with him many, many times -- he's got a studio, I've met with him at Capitol Record recording studio at Abby Road, couple of other studios in L.A. -- we're just having a great time."

It was obvious how much of a fan Marty is of Paul while speaking of the relationship, and as it turns it out it was "like a dream come true for me [with] my generation," Marty told us. "I don't know about the rest of you, but the idea of every working with Paul just seemed insane."

Marty also shared a story about how Paul hugged him one time: "I actually thought this was really special when he hugged me," Marty said. "And then I saw some documentary, he hugs everybody." Some of audience members laughed at this revelation, to which Marty smugly replied with "Have you been hugged by Paul McCartney?! Okay, there!"

During Marty and team's almost hour-long talk, they shared several music samples of what we can expect from the soundtrack. My first thoughts upon hearing the music were that of Star Trek or Star Wars, really anything that involves a Hollywood sci-fi space setting. While some of the songs had echos of Halo to it, they were different enough to have their own identity too. You can get a taste of the songs in the ViDoc above.

It was all sounding pretty solid but those unique feels you get when hearing songs from Halo weren't quite there, at least not without experiencing it with full in-game context. However it turns out, seeing Bungie continue to have a major focus on their original music was, well, music to my ears.  





Praise The Speaker: Bungie to fix Destiny's heavy ammo bug photo


This Destiny guitar medley is pretty rockin' photo


House of Wolves might be Bungie's last chance to save Destiny photo


Destiny's Crota's End Hard Mode is disappointing outside of the final fight photo


Bungie delivers quick Destiny hotfix before Crota's End Hard Mode photo


Bungie's post-holiday Destiny update is the best one yet for Dark Below photo


Bungie's Holiday gift for Destiny players was...a random legendary weapon photo


Leaked photo shows Bungie's possible plans for Destiny in 2015 photo


Destiny Ghost Hunter is a really cool third-party site to track secrets photo


Destiny is the most fascinating game of 2014, mostly for negative reasons photo


Destiny Updates, Screenshots, & Videos







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






timeline following:
Destiny



10:00 AM on 01.30.2015
Praise The Speaker: Bungie to fix Destiny's heavy ammo bug

Destiny has had a major bug in it since launch regarding heavy ammo. Often times you'll straight-up lose ammo due to a variety of situations, especially when you equip some of the game's best armor. It's a huge pain beca...more



12:30 PM on 01.28.2015
This Destiny guitar medley is pretty rockin'

One of the best soundtracks I listened to all year was easily Destiny. For all the problems that the game had, it was a joy to listen to, especially while in orbit waiting for a group or a connection. Guitarist Ryan Abu...more



12:00 PM on 01.26.2015
House of Wolves might be Bungie's last chance to save Destiny

Before Destiny was released, it was hyped into oblivion. Hundreds of thousands of fans bought into it, and by extension, purchased the Season Pass consisting of the first two expansions -- the second of which, House...more



12:00 PM on 01.22.2015
Destiny's Crota's End Hard Mode is disappointing outside of the final fight

I have a stable of around 30 people I raid with in Destiny regularly, but yesterday I picked the five I play with the most and set a scheduled time for the brand new Crota's End Hard Mode. Everyone showed up, and te...more



10:30 AM on 01.21.2015
Bungie delivers quick Destiny hotfix before Crota's End Hard Mode

Bungie is gearing up to release its last bit of major content before the next Destiny expansion, the Hard Mode version of the Crota's End raid. Before that, a quick hotfix was dropped that adjusts the bridge encounter, a...more



7:00 AM on 01.09.2015
Bungie's post-holiday Destiny update is the best one yet for Dark Below

Bungie is updating Destiny next week, and it looks to be a massive improvement for both existing raids. Now, instead of getting a random Exotic weapon from a chest that can be soloed in Crota's End, the Ir Yut boss will ...more



10:00 AM on 01.08.2015
Bungie's Holiday gift for Destiny players was...a random legendary weapon

Before the end of 2014, Bungie tweeted out that players would obtain a "small, but legendary" gift for their Destiny accounts. Most people presumed that it would be a Santa hat consumable of some sort, like the Halloween...more



10:04 PM on 01.04.2015
Leaked photo shows Bungie's possible plans for Destiny in 2015

[Update: YouTuber LittleBigOkey has crafted a high-res image of the leak. See it here.] A new leak has been revealed that may shed some light on what's in store for Destiny in 2015. So far we have the Dark Below&nbs...more



5:30 PM on 01.01.2015
Destiny Ghost Hunter is a really cool third-party site to track secrets

Since I already explained why Destiny is both bad and good, let's cut to the chase without talking about the game's shortcomings, shall we?An individual has created a really nifty third-party site that allows you to loca...more



12:00 PM on 12.31.2014
Destiny is the most fascinating game of 2014, mostly for negative reasons

I have roughly seven days of playtime logged into Destiny. I have a level 31 Warlock, Titan, and Hunter who are all one piece away from level 32 -- the current cap. I've completed the new Crota's End raid roughly 20 times, 10...more




First-person shooter

12:00 PM on 01.29.2015
Review: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Havoc

Call of Duty map packs are definitely a mixed bag. Fifteen dollars is pricey by any standards, and the prospect of one or two remade maps and a grand total of four arenas isn't anything to get excited about. Advanced Warfare's new Havoc DLC has just arrived this week on Xbox platforms, and it's par for the course in terms of what you'd expect. As usual though, zombies save the day.more



11:30 AM on 01.29.2015
Get hard with Battlefield Hardline open beta

Today, EA announced that the Battlefield Hardline open beta will begin February 3 and end on February 8. If you haven't had a chance to play EA's version of cops and robbers, now is this time. Well, technically February is t...more



10:15 AM on 01.29.2015
Misanthropes rejoice: Evolve's solo mode is looking good

Sometimes I am in the mood for good competitive multiplayer action, and thus far Evolve has looked like it will be up to that task. Other times, I'd rather not deal with other people, and that's okay with Turtle Rock's multi...more



View all First-person shooter






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more