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Marty O'Donnell - The man behind the Halo Music

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Marty O Donnell is the Man behind the Halo Soundtracks but he is so much more and this is by far one of my favorite interviews since I have been at Microsoft.  I hope you enjoy. 

Martin "Marty" O'Donnell (born May 1, 1955)is an award-winning American composer known for his work on video game developer Bungie's series, such as Myth, Oni, and most predominately Halo. O'Donnell collaborates with his musical colleague Michael Salvatori for many of the scores; he has also directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy, and is currently Bungie's Audio Lead.

O'Donnell began his music career writing television and radio jingles as well as scoring for radio and film. O'Donnell moved to composing video game music when his company, TotalAudio, did the sound design for the 1997 title Riven. After producing the music for Myth II, Bungie contracted O'Donnell to work on their other projects, including Oni and the code-named project that would become Halo: Combat Evolved. O'Donnell ended up joining the Bungie staff only ten days before the studio was bought by Microsoft, and has been the audio director for all Bungie projects since.

O'Donnell's score to the Halo trilogy has been called iconic, and the commercial soundtrack release of the music to Halo 2 became the best-selling video game soundtrack of all time. His most recently released work is the music for Halo 3: ODST, a departure from his previous work for the series. The two-disc soundtrack was released September 22, 2009.

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  • There were actually a couple songs in Halo that reminded me of Myst and Riven, I think it was mostly some of the samples that are used, now I see I wasn't crazy. Smiley

  • BasBas It finds lightbulbs.

    Great, I was afraid this had fallen by the wayside. Good stuff.

  • That was nice and refreshing interview...

  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while

    I've always been fascinated with soundtracks and scores and this one sounds good. And a very rare kind of interview for Channel 9.


    Speaking of Myth. The first time I heard of that was here:



    C64 version starts at 5:00.

  • I would ask that you please remove the summary about O'Donnell attached to this post. It is copied verbatim from Wikipedia's lead on O'Donnell (original), against licensing requirements that require attribution.


    David Fuchs

    Systems Operator, Wikipedia


  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while

    A simpler solution would be to stick a "Source: Wikipedia" at the end, no?

    First time I've seen Wikipedia police!

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    We have added credit to Wikipedia and marked the description as verbatim (using italics and a link to the source text on wikipedia). Is this OK?

  • Hah yeah, that's ridiculous, just go and edit the wikipedia article instead lol.

  • necro2607necro2607 seven is darker

    Exoteric,  that "Myth" video you posted has nothing to do with Myth - The Fallen Lords from Bungie.  Wink  Completely different stuff. The one you posted is a much older game from 1989 called "Myth - History In The Making" for Commodore 64, Amiga and the like, which neither Bungie nor Marty O'Donnell had anything to do with. Wink  Myth - The Fallen Lords (and its sequels) came out in 1997 and later.

  • Yes, that is much better, thanks.


    (@exoteric: Considering the majority of the O'Donnell article was written by me, I feel a bit obligated to push people to cite their sources... I'm sure you wouldn't want people to use your words without attribution, no? (Also, it's a matter of legality, as Wikipedia's license allows content to be published freely, but not misrepresented as their own work.) I don't mean to be an *, but it's an important issue to me.

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    And it's an important issue to us here at Channel 9 as well. We will continue to self-police and self-correct when contributors use text from external sources. Since we allow our content to be re-published elsewhere, freely and openly, we understand the importance of a simple nod to the original source.



  • Wow, great interview. Marty O'Donnell is a genius, what an asset to Bungie, huh?

  • Christian AlvaradoToa TAK The Man on a Journey

    That interview was awesome and well worth my time. It was cool seeing an insignt on Marty's mind.

  • The best Producer/Composer in the business, still get goose bumps when i hear the Halo Music..

    Nice one Marty


  • That would be Bungie.NET!!! "We are not Bungie.org, or Bungie.com"-Bungie...

  • Really good songs. Keep it up

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