Before you go any further, I highly recommend that you listen to this song while you read this story:

In a bit of surprising news, it has been reported that Kelly Bailey, the senior sound producer who has been with Valve since the original Half Life… is no longer with the company.

Kelly composed all of the sounds and music for Half-Life and Half-Life 2, as well as episodes 1 and 2.

His face was also used as the model for Gordon Freeman in Half-Life 2.

Kelly Freeman a.k.a Gordon Bailey

It’s safe to say that Kelly was an integral part of the Half-Life series and the fact that he possibly has not and will not be involved with Half-Life 3 (Episode 3) is disappointing to say the least.

However, his successor appears to be Mike Morasky.  The talented Morasky composed all of the music for the Left4Dead series as well as Team Fortress 2 and a good portion of Portal.

Apparently, Kelly left the company late last year, but his fans hadn’t noticed until now that his name no longer appeared on Valve’s employee list.

Whatever the reasons for his departure, we are sure we have not heard the last sonata of Kelly Bailey.


  1. He will be back, in time to smell the ashes and kick some alien ass (damn GMAN (gabe) put him to sleep till the next attack

  2. Oh no! But it’s the music that adds so much to the game’s atmosphere! They need him back, or someone just as good if the next Half Life is to fit nicely into the saga.

  3. This is not a good news, actually music and sounds effects in the video games are very important, as it motivates the player to play more. And loosing a good music director is a really bad news.