Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

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Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:16 am

UPDATE: A new post published on Bungie's website, titled "There are those who said this day would never come...", offers a brief farewell to the 14-year studio veteran.
"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."






Veteran game composer Martin O’Donnell has been terminated by Bungie.
“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter.


O'Donnell began his career in music doing TV and radio jingles before moving into games when his company, TotalAudio, did sound design work for the 1997 game Riven. After working on Bungie's Myth series, Oni, and an ambitious secret project that would go on to become Halo: Combat Evolved, O’Donnell joined Bungie full-time just 10 days before Microsoft acquired the studio in June, 2000. He then worked on the Halo series, from the iconic theme of the original through to Halo: Reach. His highly-acclaimed and award-winning scores for Halo and Halo 2 are considered among the best of their kind.
O’Donnell was composing music for the upcoming Destiny (working alongside Paul McCartney at one stage).

O'Donnell and McCartney in 2012.

Bungie is yet to comment on O'Donnell's termination.

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by OneBadHuskerFan on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:28 am

Rumor has it that he wanted more money and they didn't want to pay.  That coming from a supposed employee of Bungie but it's hard to take any non-official information seriously these days.

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 K1ll3rKlown on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:44 am

As Deion Sanders would say..."Pay the man!"

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Interseptor on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:16 pm

Strange indeed.  I am with Klown here... Pay the man!  The right soundtrack can take a good game/movie and make it great.  It's crucial to the identity of the product.  Halo is Halo, partially because of the amazing score.

This trailer still gives me chills because of the music.  From the opening note you know exactly what game you are about to see.  It's undeniable...



Now think about Star Wars.  Same thing.  When you hear the March of the Imperials you immediately think of Darth Vader.

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 OC on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:27 pm

Ya agree pay the man the scores from the halo games were amazing and I'm sure he has already put in some amazing work in destiny but who knows what really happened.

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Coolhand on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:47 pm

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:51 pm

kind of sucks  he had some kick ass music for the halo series


but then again i do like what  Neil Davidge  did with halo 4 music 

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Panzer on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:53 pm

I agree pay the man, he is one of the few musical talents you can connect a video game or movie series to.

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Re: Halo Composer Terminated “Without Cause” from Bungie

Post by S7 Coolhand on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:16 am

And GTF away from Destiny, Wings McCartney!

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