Kate Remington

Marty O'Donnell's Earliest Ideas for 'Music Of The Spheres'

Kate Remington
Marty O'Donnell's Earliest Ideas for 'Music Of The Spheres'

Every composer approaches writing music differently, and few are willing to share their earliest sketches, but that's exactly what Marty O'Donnell has done in a series of fascinating videos in which we get to hear his earliest thoughts for the suite, Music of the Spheres, which he wrote as a prequel for Destiny, created by Bungie.

I had a deep dive with Marty into his composing process as we listened to these fascinating sketches and to the final orchestrated performances he created with long-time collaborator, Mike Salvatori.

Marty wanted to do more than just post the audio for each of these early sketches, so he created a simple way to explain his thought process for each one in iMovie.


Now that Marty has shared these early ideas for Music of the Spheres, he says he's tempted to have another rummage around his hard drives to see what other proto-music might be saved which would be interesting to fans and composers who are interested in the process.

Cover for Marty’s Suite of Videos by Owen A. Spence

Cover for Marty’s Suite of Videos by Owen A. Spence

Episode tracklist

Piano and midi tracks performed by Martin O'Donnell

Music of the Spheres tracks performed by London Voices, Libera Boys' Choir  and orchestra conducted by Gavin Greenaway

Martin O'Donnell: The Next Step; Early Improv

Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori:  Music of the Spheres: The Path

Martin O'Donnell: Piece 6/Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori: Music of the Spheres: The Ecstacy

Martin O'Donnell: Piece 2

Martin O'Donnell: The Next Step/Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori: Music of the Spheres:  The Path

Martin O'Donnell: Piece 3/Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori: Music of the Spheres: The Ruin

Martin O'Donnell: Piece 4

Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori: Music of the Spheres: The Union

Martin O'Donnell: Earliest Thoughts; This is The End

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Thanks to Dick Roberts for production assistance!