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Halo Series’ Longtime Composer Fired

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The legendary composer behind the iconic Halo theme, as well as the rest of Halo series’ soundtracks, has been let go by Bungie.

Bungie has officially announced that they are parting ways with its longtime composer, Martin O’Donnell. While Bungie’s official statement about O’Donnell’s departure states that the company wishes him the best, O’Donnell recently Tweeted that he was fired by Bungie’s board of directors without cause.

Bungie’s official statement, titled “There are those who said this day would never come…,” is as follows:

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.


We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.

O’Donnell is primarily known for his work composing the soundtracks of Bungie’s entries of the Halo series. He also directed the sound design and voice talent for Halo 1-3. Before Halo, O’Donnell composed the soundtracks for Bungie’s earlier works, Myth and Oni. Based on the unforgettable sounds of the first time, Halo 2’s soundtrack became the best-selling video game soundtrack of all time.

Just before he parted ways with the company, O’Donnell was working on the soundtrack for Destiny. While we’re sad to see such a talented composer go, we hope Martin O’Donnell will continue to work in the video game industry given how many memories we associate to his stellar songs. No word on whether or not we’ll ever hear that Destiny collaboration he was working on with Paul McCartney.

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