Martin O'Donnell

Martin O'Donnell's biography

Martin O'Donnell

Martin O'Donnell (1955-) is an American composer best known for his video game music including the Halo series

  • O'Donnell studied music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California
  • He co-founded a production company called TotalAudio before moving in to video game music saying "I was hoping to find some other medium that would be new and cutting-edge and sort of the Wild West."
  • TotalAudio produced the music for the game Myth: The Fallen Lords and the company created the music for Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator
  • O'Donnell's score for Halo is inspired by Gregorian chant. He's said he wanted the music to be "big, exciting and unusual with a classical orchestra touch to it to give it some weight and stature. We also wanted it to have some sort of 'ancient' feel to it."

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