Hope for the future

Here is the new Paul McCartney song called “The Hope Song”.

The music of “Destiny” was a collaborative effort between Bungie’s former in-house composer Marty O’Donnell, his partner Mike Salvatori and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

The New York Times reports that one of McCartney’s contributions to the game’s soundtrack, “The Hope Song” will be released as a single.

The Times calls McCartney’s track the game’s theme song, reporting that it is fully orchestrated and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios under the direction of Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

The song’s producer is Mark “Spike” Stent, who has experience recording a handful of James Bond movie theme songs: Tina Turner’s “GoldenEye” and Madonna’s “Die Another Day.”

McCartney announced his involvement in the Destiny score in 2012, tweeting, “I’m really excited to be working on writing music with @bungie, the studio that made Halo.”

O’Donnell detailed his collaboration with McCartney last year when Bungie unveiled the first details on Destiny. He said the former Beatle was drawn to the project by his interest in the technology behind interactive music.
“He didn’t only want to do Paul McCartney music,” O’Donnell said. “He wants to get involved in themes, how melodies and motives can be a touch point for people.”

Hope Song Recording details:

Writer & Composer. Vocals, guitars, piano: Paul McCartney

Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.

Keyboards: Paul «Wix» Wickens

Additional keyboards and programming: Toby Pitman

Lead guitar: Rusty Anderson

Bass guitar: Brian Ray

Solo Cello: Caroline Dale

Conductor & Arranger: Ben Foster

Boys choir: Libera

Recording engineer: Sam Okell

Recording studios: Avatar Studio, Abbey Road Studios

Producer: Giles Martin

Original recording engineers: Jamie Kirkham, Eddie Klein & Keith Smith

Original recording studio: Hog Hill Mill

Mix studio: Henson recording studios

Mix engineer: Mark «Spike» Stent

Paul McCartney is also credited as co-composer of the incidental music piece “Music of the Spheres“, alongside Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori.

8 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    Love it! Sounds like a track from the late 80s or early 90s

  2. Unknown says:

    Will it be released as a single digitally only?

  3. wogew says:


  4. Vincent Truman says:

    Only Paul McCartney can do a tune that I really don't like on first listen, but then have to keep returning to and returning to. How does he do that?

  5. Anonymous says:

    It's actually titled "Hope for the Future," and MPL says Giles Martin is credited as producer.

  6. wogew says:

    Yes okay. We thought that was the title too, but then we noticed that the game actually credits the song as "The Hope Song". The credits as written in this blog post is also taken from the game credits and Giles Martin is indeed identified as producer of the track.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Update: MPL now says the title of the song is "Hope." Not "Hope for the Future" or "The Hope Song."

  8. Unknown says:

    I can't find it on iTunes

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