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O’Donnell to Deliver AES Heyser Lecture

Game audio designer behind audio for “Halo”

Marty O’Donnell, the man responsible for the sound of the successful “Halo” video game series, will deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the upcoming AES convention in Los Angeles, Oct. 10–12. O’Donnell will speak on Oct. 10, starting at 7 p.m.

O’Donnell’s talk is entitled, “The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio.” A release says it will “draw on his unique perspective from years working in film and commercial music, including developing the audio for ‘Halo,’ the biggest-selling game soundtrack of all time.” O’Donnell is currently working with Paul McCartney on the soundtrack for the soon-to-be-released “Destiny.”

O’Donnell says, “Advances in audio production technology have sparked amazing creative responses from audio artists, musicians and composers. Music and audio can enhance the experience of a consumer in ways that were almost unimaginable 30 years ago.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses said, “With the importance of game audio in today’s A/V food chain, Marty O’Donnell’s talk will surely inspire people to step up their game.” The AES established a Game Audio session track several years ago to focus on the growing field.

The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established to honor the contribution to the AES by Richard Heyser. The Heyser Series aims to bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields.