The song, which will be released as a single, is taken from the soundtrack of the video game Destiny, made by Bungie and Activision. McCartney co-wrote the score for the first-person shooter, working with Bungie’s in-house composer Marty O’Donnell, and Mike Salvatori.
Hope For The Future was recorded with a 120-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London. The orchestra was directed by Giles Martin, and the song was produced by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent.
He contributed orchestral elements to the game. We have a team of composers here in the building who actually score the game to the action, so they put in a lot of work. We don’t want to dismiss those guys. But Paul contributing to the soundtrack is amazing. And he wrote a new single for the game as well.
There was no check involved, big or otherwise. He’s in it for the creativity. He got a wonderful opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn’t typically be immersed in Paul McCartney. They might hear the name — of course he’s everywhere, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, obviously he’s touring and recording nonstop — but he sees it as a way to reach a new audience that might not otherwise hear his music.
Community manager, Bungie
Also on this day...
- 2010: Yoko Ono opens art installation in Berlin
- 1973: John Lennon and Yoko Ono put Tittenhurst Park up for sale
- 1969: Self-Portrait and Mr & Mrs Lennon’s Honeymoon by John Lennon and Yoko Ono are premièred in London
- 1968: Recording: Helter Skelter
- 1964: Day off in Key West, Florida
- 1963: Lennon and McCartney given Variety Club award
- 1962: Live: Queen’s Hall, Widnes
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
- 1939: Cynthia Lennon is born
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