February 18, 2003

Congratulations to Marty

While Bungie is mostly ineligible to win any game awards for the year 2002, there is one small nomination this reporter noticed. Music4games.net has reported that Marty O'Donnell was nominated for Best Game Audio Article, Publication, or Broadcast in the first annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards for the article "The Use and Effectiveness of Audio in HALO: Game Music Evolved." Way to go, Marty!

Marty O'Donnell

Marty O'Donnell Status: Bungied
Birthdate: May 01
Hiredate: 05/2000
Last Sighted: 01/08/2003
Doing: Taking Halo sound to the next level.

AKA Marty, the Elder. Sound and music design, voice of Sinis and fetch, Myth: The Fallen Lords. Sound and music design, Myth II: Soulblighter. Sound design, music design, voice of Fenris, Chimera. Sound and music lead, original music, additional voices, Oni. Audio lead, sound design, original music, voice of Jackal, Hunter, and Flood, Halo: Combat Evolved. Sound design, Pimps at Sea. Marty O'Donnell received his Masters of Music Degree in composition, with honors, from USC in the early 80's and since then he has written and produced numerous original scores for TV, Radio and Film. Some of his commercial work includes Flintstones Vitamin’s “10 Million Strong and Growing”, Mr. Clean, Principal Financial, McDonald’s, Kelloggs and many others. In 1997 his company, TotalAudio, produced sound design, foley and final mixes for Cyan’s Riven, the Sequel to Myst, and all the original music, voices, and sound design for Bungie’s award winning Myth: The Fallen Lords. TotalAudio went on to produce the audio for Valkyrie Studio’s Septerra Core, Legacy of the Creator and Bungie’s Myth II: Soulblighter. In May of 2000, Marty accepted a full time position with Bungie Software focusing entirely on the audio production for Oni and Halo. The audio for Halo received numerous industry awards including The Game Developers Choice Award, The Edge Award, and Best Soundtrack of 2002 from Rolling Stone Magazine. Although still co-owner of TotalAudio with Mike Salvatori, who stayed in the Chicago studio, Marty is currently Audio Director for Bungie Studios. He has been married for 25 years to Marcie and they have two daughters, Alison, and Christine. Fanclub can be found here.

Hedge Interviews Marty O'Donnell (HBO)
Marty Gets Mugged (BungieNet)
The Marty O'Donnell Interview (X-treme Gaming Radio)
Producing Audio for Halo (GDC 2002 - PP - 3 Mb) Producing Audio for Halo (GDC 2002 - Word) Producing Audio for Halo (Gamasutra)
The Use and Effectiveness of Audio in Halo: Game Music Evolved (Music4Gamers)
Halo: Combat Evolved Music: Just the Right Sense of "Ancient" (Xbox)
Marty O'Donnell & Joseph Staten Interview (Xbox)
Making the Halo 2 Trailer, Part 2 (T&R)
Interview with Marty O'Donnel (Invisible Dream)
An Interview with Marty O'Donnell (Score Central)
Smelling the roses (BNet)
Music In Computer Games (Inside Mac Games)
Geek of the Week (Gamasutra)
Playmakers: Listen Up! Bungie's audio master speaks (MacCentral Online)
Marty O'Donnell Interview (Battleground: Halo)
Ten Questions with Marty O'Donnell (FragMusic)
Interviews / Marty O'Donnell (Oni.Bungie.Org)
An Interview with Myth's Sound Guys (Total Audio)

Posted by poenadare at February 18, 2003 07:07 AM


Posted by: stosh on February 24, 2003 12:53 AM


Posted by: GVV on May 7, 2003 10:53 AM

By the way, I won that GANG award.

Posted by: Marty the Elder on November 6, 2003 12:34 AM

Ive been a gamer for a while, but not until halo could i fully appreceiate what sound dose for a game. You showed me that and my daughter that alos who now kinda plays trumpet in he school band cause of your inspiring music. Its easy to tell that your a profectionist and even if no on else notices your great work, wich they do. I do and dont settel for anything less then profection as I know you wont.


Posted by: Tim on August 28, 2004 12:18 PM

Mr. O Donnel I was wondering how i could get a copy of the music in the halo two trailor. My school stringed an brass orchestra would like to learn. Not only beacause we worship your music but also beacause most of us are halo finatics. This would be most appreciated by the orchestra and my self.

Celloist, 8th grader, and fan
Joseph lester lightner sheffield

Posted by: Joseph on September 7, 2004 08:50 PM

Could i get the sheet music for the remembrance song sent to my e-mail Marty? I was just hoping i could because it is my favorite halo 2 song from the soundtrack. If I may have it, I would learn the song with my choir.

Posted by: Zach Mathias on December 11, 2004 08:26 PM

Hey Marty I am a big fan of the music of halo and I love playing the Guitar. I would like to know if it would be possible if you could send me Rock Anthem for Saving The World Sheet Music I would appreciate it.

Posted by: Luke on December 16, 2004 08:10 PM

where can i get the theme song sheet music for piano marty?

Posted by: bob on December 19, 2004 11:29 PM

i really like your work that you've done especially the themes of music. for example when the hunters appear, a more addrenaline-pumping beat starts and once the hunters are dead and your safe, the music calms back down. it really adds to the environment of the game. i was wondering if you could send me some sheetmusic for piano. ive been playing piano for about 11 years now, but i cant transcribe onto blank sheetmusic just by listening to your cd. thnx.

Posted by: Jon on January 20, 2005 06:48 PM

I was wondering if you could tell me where to find the piano part for the Halo 2 piece called "Heavy Price Paid." Would be greatly appriciated if you could. I love the piece...

Posted by: Alex on January 22, 2005 10:54 PM

Hey where can i get the score for Halo/Halo2?

Posted by: SwordSaint on January 31, 2005 07:38 AM

send me the sheet music for a trumpt for halo halo2

Posted by: hunter on February 9, 2005 09:16 PM

I wondering is I could get sheet music for Impend or maybe you could tell me where to get some sheet music. My school really likes the Halo music. Thank You

Posted by: John Ashmore on February 14, 2005 06:35 PM

Marty O'Donnell is the man that pushed me (he doesn't know this because I have never seen him, which makes me sad) to major in Recording Industry Studies and Music to become affiliated with game audio. Thank you Marty.

Posted by: Nick Bohannan on February 17, 2005 08:14 PM

hello...marty...i want the sheet music for the halo love theme sketch..for i cannot find it..and i love it...

Posted by: Victoria on February 18, 2005 07:46 PM

i too would like the sheetmusic for trumpet H2 or halo. or just tell me were to find it.

Posted by: Gary on February 21, 2005 06:05 PM

can i please have the "halo love theme" piano sheet music? I've been looking everywhere to find it.. :S

or maybe.. since there's so much demand for your beautiful music.. you could put the sheet music on a website?
*looks at marty with sad puppy eyes*

Posted by: Emiel on February 26, 2005 04:53 PM

We love your music, ie the soundtrack fopr Halo 2, is awsome, where can we find sheetmusic for it? Viola/piano???? Please????

Posted by: Cheryl on March 1, 2005 06:23 PM

hey can i get "the last spartan?" the whole score please... me n my orch plannign on doing "game Music" and it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: daniel on March 6, 2005 11:14 AM

Can I Get A score Piece For halo @ for my orchestra at jefferson

Posted by: Jeremy on March 10, 2005 10:17 PM

I really Love the Orchestra Music In a "Heavy price Paid" and the piano so much, not only would I like to play it at home but I go to Pine Forest High school in Fayetteville NC, I'm in 9th grade and I would love to play that piece in my orchestra class Id'e love to play "Peril" also with my class, Our orchestra class is also heading up to NY this April, and we were choosen for that I would really love to play one of your pieces, do you think you can tell me where and how to get a copy of your music?

Posted by: Monique Teeden on March 14, 2005 01:24 PM

I would really be happy if you would convert the Halo 1 theme song so that it could be played by a concert band.

Posted by: Michael Garver on March 24, 2005 11:07 AM

hey marty, love the music, could u send me the sheet music for the Halo 1 theme plz? it would be much apreciated

Posted by: Brandon on April 5, 2005 09:45 PM

I agree with Michael Garver, it would please many fans if Marty were to release a concert band version of the Halo theme (or more) to the public.

Posted by: Dave King on April 12, 2005 11:27 PM

I love the music. I could just sit and listen to the music, and not miss playing the game.(Halo/2)
But is there anyplace to see anykind of the Halo/2 music for the trumpet. Iv really wanted to play it and impress everyone in my band class(im a freshmen in a upperclass band)

Posted by: deron on April 26, 2005 08:22 PM

Hey I would like to get the halo theme song music for Viola if possible violin will work to Thanks!

Posted by: Sid on May 2, 2005 06:21 PM

please delete the post i made earlier, i took another turn

Posted by: tommy yara on May 6, 2005 03:24 PM

Tommy, what the heck are you talking about? There is no earlier comment here with your name on it.

Posted by: Miguel on May 7, 2005 12:15 AM

tell u what...marty has written some of the best game music i've ever listened to...even right now i'm listening to some of it.

if marty ever reads this i must get his e mail.

i have some questions i wish to ask him!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Chris on June 24, 2005 02:40 AM

could you please send me some halo 2 music for the trumpet i cant find any on the internet

Posted by: nathan chiamp on July 4, 2005 02:05 AM

I worship your music. Sometimes i just turn on halo 2 just to listen to the music. CAn i get the all these on music sheets for violin and viola plz? I know its alot but i would really appreciate it. 1.halo theme mjolnir mix 2. Earth City 3. The halo 1 theme plz?

PS. if you do make another halo. plz have another lv like the maw?

Posted by: Chris La on July 14, 2005 11:05 PM

Just to let everyone here know, the only site with Halo sheet music is http://rampancy.net. There are orchestra scores as well as piano solos (transcribed by me). If you want them, just go to rampancy.net, register (free, no spam) and login, and then go to the sheet music section and click the ones you want.

Posted by: Devin on July 25, 2005 02:55 AM

I think the music greatly influences Halo as you are playing. I especially liked the piano music in "Assault on the Control Room". May I have the sheet music?

Posted by: Connor on August 1, 2005 11:20 PM

I'm a choral director and my boys choir is begging me to sing "remembrance". Is there a way for me to get ahold of the sheet music for that? I would love to perform it at one of our upcoming concerts!

Posted by: Marta Hansen on August 17, 2005 08:46 PM

Hey, Marta - I've already written a transcription for Remembrance and I could easely send it to you. Would you like me to do that?

Posted by: Kristian on August 21, 2005 04:25 PM

Hello Mr. O' Donnel. I am completely under a trance from your music every time I hear it. And I was hoping if I could get some sheet music for my trumpet and french horn. If you could, I would greatly appreciate it. I know you have A lot of work to do with Halo 3 and other beautiful works of art, but if you get a chance, please E-mail me the sheet music. Trumpet and F-horn at PaintballJSA@aol.com

Posted by: Jake Arak on August 22, 2005 11:17 PM

I was just wondering, Mr O'Donnell, whether you write any transcriptions at all for the Halo music - I read an interview with you somewhere, and you said something like "I don't have any time to write any sheet music myself, but it's okay if others write transcriptions for my music".
I ask this because I have written a couple of Halo -music transcriptions myself, and I do not want any trouble with the copyright laws.

Posted by: Kristian on September 4, 2005 02:43 PM

Hey I dont want to be a little *****, but I really, really, really would like the sheet music for the "Halo 2 soundtrack vol.1". I know that almost everyone here already asked but please send be sheet music and/or where to get it.

P.S. I don't mind if I have to spend a few dollars.
P.P.S It doesn't matter what you may send me just please give me the whole bonanza.

Posted by: Billy Heidman/music man on September 21, 2005 10:49 PM

ok i am an Experienced french horn player lol, but i woul;d like to have a sheet of ther music from any part of halo2 for french horn!

Posted by: Dack on September 29, 2005 10:04 PM

ive become addicted to your music, i have alredy learned the main theme by ear, but it would help me greatly if you could send me a copy for the piano. oh and can u add your favorite one? just for me to try something new. haha thank for the music sir!

Posted by: Matt on October 11, 2005 11:15 PM

lol for Halo ....and myth

Posted by: Matt on October 11, 2005 11:18 PM

Please send me the Halo 2 theme music for E flat Alto Saxophone. I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Posted by: Tyler on October 14, 2005 06:49 PM

Mr. O'Donnell,
Your music has impacted a generation. We don't listen to Bach or Beethoven. We listen to your works, especially those from Halo and Halo 2. Your music has inspired me to play my trumpet more and more so that I can play your works of art. That is why I'm asking if you can send me the trumpet music for what you think is the best song in the Halo Universe. Thank you so much.

P.S. Do you think any of your songs would be great for a marching band play and march to? Which ones?


Posted by: Philip on October 16, 2005 11:00 AM

where could i find the music for halo 2 or 1 main theme for piano please tell me i have been searching for ages

Posted by: alex on October 21, 2005 10:17 AM

I need sheet music for Halo 1 and/or 2.


Posted by: Jennifer Tunning on October 22, 2005 05:33 PM

Hi Marty. I must say that I am in love with the music for halo1+2! My dad is a music teacher and we wrote a transcript for halo and we played it in band. I would like to know if any sheet music exists for those games. If so please tell me more or send me some. Plus I heard about a halo movie coming out in 2007. I wanted to know will you have any part in the music for the movie? thanx please write back soon.

Posted by: Nicolas on October 22, 2005 07:42 PM

i luv your music in the halo games... i was wonderin' if u could e-mail me the piano sheet music 4 the Siege of Madrigal song... if not don't worry about it... but keep up the great work music man!!!

Posted by: Steven on October 27, 2005 04:31 PM

hey can ya send me da halo music the thats has the violin part, i have no idea which one it is rofl but it goes Eq EFsharpG thripilet G A G sry me and my cello frieend tring to figure it had no luck plaz i ya can send the whole thing music sheet n all plz.

Posted by: alex walker on November 1, 2005 09:01 PM

Of all the music there is today yours (and Michael's) is in my opinion the best. Your music is inspiring and magnificent and I really hope you keep composing on the future.

I'd really like to know which of the songs from both Halo soundtracks were composed be you and which ones were composed by Michael.

Posted by: Martin_Z on November 3, 2005 11:28 PM

Well, I have no idea whether you actually read these, but I would like to PURCHASE (ive realised most things dont come for free) the orchestral sheet music for the main Halo theme. If you could please tell me where i might buy the music for it, that would be greatly appreciated

Posted by: Diaboy on November 18, 2005 03:40 PM

i'm part of the Florida high band and this is the main reason why i jioned though at the time i didn't know the difference between band and orcastra so i wanted a halo2 part for the trumpet or the piano if it eg sisted and i'm only browsing around so i just wanted to see a picture of one of the ssheets

Posted by: Sean A. Henderson on November 18, 2005 05:34 PM

I love the music in halo 1 and 2, I was just wondering if you could send me a part for violin, imve been playing for two years and my teachers are saying i might be a prodigy.

Thanks ^^

Posted by: Milen on November 22, 2005 08:47 PM

i play the violin and i would like to play "The Last Spartan" with my school orchestra. If its not too much trouble could you let me know where to find it please.

Posted by: bill on November 23, 2005 02:49 PM

It would be greatly appreciated if you could send me the sheet music for, "On a Pale Horse" (Orchestra Arrangement). .pdf files preferred, but I can also open songs with Finale Notepad 2006. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Mike on December 4, 2005 10:59 AM

DUDE I LOVE YOU WORK! YAAA HAAA ROCK ON! I am a cellist and aspiring composer, AND I WANNA PLAY HALO/HALO 2 ON MY CELLO! and i wanna see if my highschool symphony could play it (ya i know slim chance, but KeHS music has pulled off bigger stunts) i know that most of the songs are string, percussion, and vocal heavy, and seeing as those are our strong points i would love have the crew play it...PLZ send my information about where, and how to purchase the music (or you could send it to me) THANK YOU VERY MUCH! of all the composers i have heard you have really inspired me!

Posted by: Cello Man on December 6, 2005 08:28 PM

hey i was wondering if there was a nice drum solo that could be played mostly on tenors ( quints ) and if u could send it to me and if u could send me the sheet music for mario if u can thanks if not thanks anyway

Posted by: Cody on December 11, 2005 10:15 PM

Hey could you send me the sheet music for a trumpet for halo and halo 2 or where i could get it Thanks.

Posted by: Boone on January 4, 2006 09:57 PM

Hi, I would highly apriciate it if you could give me a link to a website with Halo1/2 music for all instuments or send me a Word doc or Adobe file including complete scores; Thank you.

PS: Agreeing with other posts I would also appreciate it if you could make concert band forms of some or all of your music for Halo1/2. Thanks again.

Posted by: Josh on January 6, 2006 08:31 PM

wow! there are alot of what looks to be needy people on this site. it is true that the sheet music for the halo themes and such would be really cool, but face it, i doubt martin o'donnell will just give out sheet music freely. heck, he probably won't even sell those pages for years. and frankly, some of the requests above seem a little rude while some just suck up. i try not to offend people, but face it, o'donnell would probably lose millions or billions of dollars if he just gives his works of art away. it would be nice to be practical.
and if you are still reading this, i can't wait untill halo 3 comes out and the soundtrack for h3 comes out so i could enjoy it. thank you for reading this everybody.

Posted by: ZZero on January 26, 2006 01:23 AM

Yea umm... i was wondering if you could send sheet music for violin, and cello, for the halo/halo 2 theme. And uh by the way...I LOVE YOU!

Posted by: John on February 8, 2006 05:16 PM

hey, love the music martin, but could you send me a copy of the sheet music for the opening halo song? cheers.

Posted by: Haz on February 12, 2006 08:10 PM
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