DOOM Eternal soundtrack is getting the official Mick Gordon cut

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Apr 25, 2020 3:00 PM
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It’s been almost a week since that fateful night that the DOOM Eternal soundtrack was finally released, and then the sudden realization with confirmation from Mick Gordon that Eternal’s soundtrack was barely mixed by the legendary composer himself, and that he probably won’t be returning for another installment in the DOOM franchise.

But it looks like things might be brightening up again, as Gordon revealed via an email that he is indeed working on a proper mix of the entire soundtrack, dubbed ‘The Mick Gordon Cut’ by many online. However it does seem that this might be a less than legitimate task, as Gordon said it will be released “sometime”, indicating that he might be doing this in his own free time, rather than by an actual contract with Bethesda.

Before you ask, yes it's very blurry and not of high quality, but the user who uploaded it to Reddit has confirmed with other users on the platform the legitimacy of the image. Understandably the user didn't want to share his own private email on a public post, but we can assure you that the screenshot seen is real and legitimate.

For those that don’t know, the controversy started when DOOM Eternal’s soundtrack was officially released to the public and complaints flooded in about the poor mixing. The composer, Gordon, then stepped in to clarify that he did not work on the mixing of all the songs, in fact he only helped on a handful of tracks compared to the 59 in total on the album. He then went on to exclaim “doubt we’ll work together again” after a fan asked him if he’d return for the next DOOM entry.

So whilst it’s not confirmation that Mick Gordon will be returning to the DOOM series and working alongside id Software and Bethesda again, it’s still nice to see that he will be clearing up the mess of the soundtrack and giving it the proper treatment it deserves. Somehow #ReleaseTheGordonCut has actually worked, and we’re more than happy it did.

Are you excited Mick Gordon will be fixing the soundtrack? Have you listened to it? What did you think? And will Gordon return for the next DOOM game? Let us know your thoughts!

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07:14 Apr-27-2020

Come on Bethesda. just pay the man and get it done right.

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23:36 Apr-26-2020

I haven't heard the 2 versions & still enjoying Mick's 2016 sounds (Yes Old) I view it as a Publisher's option as there try to broaden the games appeal to a larger market minus the dynamic tones, Bethesda & ID suk Leave Mick NO Appreciation

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16:03 Apr-25-2020

Thank God. I'd really like to know what went down behind the scenes...I compared the different mixes back to back and the "official" was so goddamn awful that it should have never left
the mixing engineer's hard drive. Which is really funny considering that (apparently) the guy is a professional, so it really seems

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18:01 Apr-25-2020

well being professional and being unique are not the same, like shouldnt all sound desinger for games be profesional yet they are all the sam

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18:48 Apr-25-2020

Looks like my post got cut off. What I meant that it seems like Bethesda didn't give the mixing engineer any time to do the work properly. A professional should NEVER release a mix like that - killing all the dynamics is a complete rookie mistake.

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21:06 Apr-25-2020

what i am more confused is why did they even need the mixing engineer if Gordon already did everything, idk how does thos things work but like why that someone didnt just put thos musics in game as they are why did he had to modifiy them?

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21:23 Apr-25-2020

Interactive music is a pretty deep topic so I won't get into details, but let's just say that the process of turning a bunch of interactive music tracks from a game into an album is an entire process on its own and is not as simple as people would think.

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22:34 Apr-25-2020

i see but for example there is a mod for skyrim to change any sound in the game for any audio file you want and it just works, why is that here exception?

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22:47 Apr-25-2020

You mean SFX? That's a different thing entirely and different games do things differently. If you're interested in this stuff you can start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_music
And feel free to send me a message if you want to know more, I'm always happy to talk about music!

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