Music of the Spheres was composed for the first Destiny, finished back in 2012 and originally intended to release alongside the game. Due to a legal dispute between composer Marty O’Donnell and Bungie, and O’Donnell’s subsequent firing, the album’s release never happened. Now, a leak via SoundCloud will let you listen to the entirety of Destiny‘s “musical companion” for free. The whole album is embedded below, and was also uploaded to YouTube as a 50-minute compilation video.
O’Donnell, having advocated for releasing MotS in the past, was pleased with the turn of events. In an email to Kotaku, O’Donnell commented on the album’s leak, writing, “I’m quite relieved and happy. This was the way it was supposed to have been heard 5 years ago. My wife and I spent the afternoon with my now 93 year old father and we showed him that people were finally able to hear this work. It made our Christmas even better. My mother, his wife of over 60 years died a couple years ago and although she loved listening and shared it with some of her friends (she was a musician) she never understood why it wasn’t released.”
O’Donnell had previously confirmed in November that, before Music of the Spheres‘ release was cancelled, 100 copies had already been distributed. “I don’t have the authority to give you permission to share MotS,” he wrote on Twitter. “However, no one in the world can prevent me from giving you my blessing.”
Years ago, when I was Audio Director at Bungie, I gave away nearly 100 copies of Music of the Spheres.
I don’t have the authority to give you permission to share MotS.
However, no one in the world can prevent me from giving you my blessing.#NeverForgetMotS
— Marty O’Donnell (@MartyTheElder) November 30, 2017
Music of the Spheres’ release was not sanctioned by Bungie and Activision, so keep in mind that the music may be soon taken down. Fans of Destiny long anticipating the album’s release were understandably excited, and O’Donnell sympathized, hoping that Activision will as well. “I don’t know who actually did it but they have my blessing,” O’Donnell reiterated in his email to Kotaku. “I honestly don’t know how anyone could begrudge this any longer.”