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.