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Congratulations to Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin, and C. Paul Johnson, for their work on the Destiny: Rise of Iron score - it took home the 2017 Video Game Score of the Year last night at the 2017 ASCAP Screen Music Awards! (They shared this honor with Killer Instinct: Season 3, in a tie for 1st Place.)
Okay, we're way behind on news. I know, we're the worst... But hey, check this cool thing out!
Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, as well as the Sledgehammer audio design team, answered questions on the G.A.N.G. awards Twitch stream after the 1:39 mark. There's some great questions and insight into their industry and field, as well as some specific thoughts on Destiny's (and Halo's) audio, and what exactly working with Paul McCartney meant to the team and the game.
LadyDesiree continues her excellent piano arrangements of Destiny tunes, the latest being "The Traveler". Significantly different from the original, this version really builds up climatically!
...Again! And we're totally okay with that! LadyDesiree dropped by our forum with more sheet music and a playthrough of it, this time of "Traveler's Promise". Great way to start your Monday morning!
Operation Supply Drop is a charity organization set up to provide recreational support to US and NATO troops around the world. The 2015 8-Bit Salute is looking to raise $5,000 from the Destiny community - and they're well on their way (almost $2,000 so far). Go watch them streaming Destiny for the next 24 hours or so - and help out with a great cause, if you can!
We know about this because LadyDesiree stopped by a couple of days ago, and posted a new arrangement she'd recorded - 'Cabal Stomp', on piano. This, like her other arrangements, rocks, and we're sorry it took so long to highlight it - and the event she created it for. Go watch, go listen!
LadyDesiree is back with another self-arranged piano piece - no sheet music this time, but some beautiful notes. Go listen!
LadyDesiree dropped by our forums to share her performance of the aforementioned track that plays while you idle in orbit. She arranged it herself and it's quite lovely!
SilverBrin dropped by our forums, giving us a chance to listen to his fantastic re-imagining of a Destiny theme (now a classic if you find yourself in the Vanguard playlist a lot)!
Here's a rendition of Sir Paul McCartney's "Hope For the Future" (Destiny's credits song) covered by zircon & Jillian Aversa.
Pointed out by some random fan named Claude.
As usual, running a little behind on Destiny doings - I'd blame the Beta for sucking up all my time, but it's been on hiatus for the last two days. Catching up: Kotaku loves the music in the Beta - to the point where they're distracted by it! (Been there, done that.) Always good to remember how important the soundtrack is. Go read! Thanks, Avateur.
djtanng came by with a nice little treat - by entering the final boss fight on the Devil's Lair strike in the Alpha, and then LEAVING the fight to the other two Guardians, he was able to record the music that plays during the fight with no ambient sound to disturb the performance. Great for us, not so great for those other two Guardians...
Oozer3993 visited with a pretty cool offering; he recorded as much music from the Alpha as he could (with minimal background noise). There are 15 pieces, some just fragments, some entire passages. All are worth hearing! He posted them on a filesharing site, but we've added a local mirror to his post, for ease of use. Zipped package is under 60 mb.
Game Informer continues to unveil the wealth of Destiny content they generated from their recent visit to Bellevue - the latest piece is a video interview with Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, discussing the music of Destiny and the collaboration they were able to enter into with Paul McCartney. Go watch. Thanks to Zero for the heads-up.
If you enjoyed the music from the recent Destiny gameplay video "The Moon", you might be interested to know that it is NOT something created by the golden trio - it's licensed trailer music! Still, the two tracks sound pretty epic:
They're wonderful compositions, but here at DBO we're still patiently waiting for "Music of the Spheres".
A few weeks ago, Bungie added an Audio page to the Multimedia section of Bungie.net, archiving the Destiny-related music we've heard this summer, but as quickly as it appeared it went away again. Zero dropped by the forum today to let us know that the page is back up, ready for your listening pleasure! You'll have to download the MP3s rather than stream them directly, but at least they're available again!
It's been a while since we heard any news about Music of the Spheres, but the wait just got a little easier: Bungie.net now has an archive of all the Destiny music released thus far. The three pieces available now are "Eighth", "Law of the Jungle", and "Awakenings". Go listen!
EDIT: Silence fills this empty post, now that page is gone. But my mind is not at rest, for questions linger on...
Game Industry published on article on the next generation of video game music - composers Jesper Kyd, Jason Graves and Bungie's Martin O'Donnell, best known for composing the Mr. Clean jingle, share their thoughts on the evolution and future of video game music. Thanks, Xenos.
Looks like Marty will be traveling across the pond to attend Game Music Connect in London on September 9th! He'll be on the panel of speakers for two sessions: "Soundcard to Symphony" and "Music Machine." Early bird registration for the event is open now. (Thanks, Xenos.)
Joystiq reports that this Saturday's Video Games Live concert will be live-streamed by Twitch! According to the schedule, Destiny should be making an appearance around 7:30 PM Pacific. (Thanks, EffortlessFury!)
The 5th day of Bungie Week brings us musical tidings from the Bungie Maestros! This new piece, Awakening, was featured at the rotunda theater at the E3 expo a few weeks ago, but now it's available for everyone to enjoy as part of this year's extended Bungie Day celebration. Be sure to give it a listen and then sound off in our forums!
Do the snippets of Destiny music from the E3 demos leave you hungry for more? Looks like the main course is on the way, according to Marty's tease:
Music of the Spheres: A symphonic and choral suite in eight movements composed by Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori, and Paul McCartney. Coming Soon.
Marty says it'll be fifty minutes long! Once again, all together now: "Are we there yet?" (Thanks for the head-up, Ragashingo.)
In case you haven't noticed, today is Friday, which means the Bungie Mail Sack has opened once again to answer all of your questions about personal fitness, motherly advice, and [redacted]. This week we get a special treat - Marty has released the background music from the recent trailer "The Law of the Jungle" as a standalone MP3! (Direct Link, 1.43 MB) Thanks, Marty! (And thanks for the heads-up, Xenos.)
ncsuDuncan wrapped-up Week 2 and kicked-off Week 3 of the DBO Challenge last night. This week's assignment: Choose a piece of Destiny concept art along with a selection of music, then write a short paragraph or poem to help combine the two. There's also a bonus raffle for two lucky participants this week! We already a number of submissions in the forum, and the deadline is next Tuesday at 6:00 pm EDT, so be sure to submit your selections!