A couple of years ago, Paul McCartney revealed that he was working on the soundtrack to an upcoming video game for the Bungie company, the same studio responsible for creating Halo. Now that game, Destiny, is scheduled to be released on September 9.
According to The New York Times, McCartney's involvement in the project dates back to 2010, when he began collaborating with Bungie's now-former house composer, Marty O'Donnell, and Mike Salvatori. O'Donnell decided to ask the rock legend if he'd be interested in helping score the game because he knew Sir Paul had previously composed orchestral works as well as, under the pseudonym The Fireman, electronica music. As it turned out, McCartney was, um, game.
In addition to the soundtrack music, McCartney also has recorded a theme song to Destiny that he reportedly is planning to issue as a single around the time of the game's release. That news comes from Lev Chapelsky, the general manager of the Los Angeles-based Blindlight company, which hooks up musicians with game companies. The track, which is said to be about hope, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and features a 120-piece orchestra conducted by Giles Martin. The tune was produced by Mark Stent, whose resume includes recordings by Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna, Bjork, Coldplay and No Doubt, among many others.
A beta version of Destiny currently is available on the Internet. The New York Times describes the score heard on the online version of the game as "widely varied, with lush orchestral and choral sections and eerie, atmospheric passages," as well as "fast paced, heavily percussive sections and high-adrenaline string, brass and electronic figures."
The video game takes place in the future, when Earth has been almost completely destroyed by aliens. The players' quest is to defend what's left of humankind from the aggressive space invaders. The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms.
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