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July 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

McCartney writing Bungie game music, top 10 song ideas

Legendary Bellevue game studio Bungie has always had one of the best composers in the business.

Now the studio that created “Halo” is taking things to the next level, bringing in Paul McCartney to work on the score for its upcoming game. Yes, that’s Sir Paul, formerly of The Beatles.

McCartney disclosed on his Facebook page that he’s working with Bungie’s Marty O’Donnell, who is probably the video-game world’s equivalent of McCartney. O’Donnell is at left in this photo that McCartney shared over the weekend. It was taken at Abbey Road Studios in May.

Bungie spokesman Eric Osborne said the relationship “developed very serendipitously.”

“Paul heard Marty’s work, and reached out to him,” Osborne said via email. “After a few collaborative writing sesions, it was clear that Paul was going to bring something remarkable to the project.”

Also helping bring them together was Blindlight, a Hollywood agency that connects game companies to the entertainment industry, Osborne added.

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There weren’t any hints about the game that will feature the McCartney-O’Donnell music, but a lawsuit recently revealed that Bungie is working on a massively multiplayer online action shooter called “Destiny,” set to be released in late 2013.

Osborne confirmed that McCartney is working on music “for our next game” but said it doesn’t yet have an official title.

Activision is publishing the game, which may be the anchor tenant on the next Xbox console.

O’Donnell’s soundtracks for the “Halo” franchise have been best-sellers on their own, so imagine what the pairing with McCartney could produce.

Here’s my top 10 list of songs I’d like to see on the “Destiny” soundtrack:

10: “I Want to Frag your Hand”

9: “Live and Let Die”

8: “Blasterday”

7: “A Slay in the Life”

6: “In My Extra Life”

5: “Hey Space Dude”

4: “Let It Bleed”

3: “Silly Gun Songs”

2: “Clan on the Run”

1: “Yellow Suborbital Marine”

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