It’s been a couple weeks since the controversy around DOOM Eternal’s soundtrack surfaced, with Mick Gordon himself stating that he doubts he and id Software will be working together again. The issues started when Eternal’s official soundtrack was released to the public and many started to criticize the audio mixing, with Gordon chiming in that he only worked on a select few of the tracks for the final release.
However, the story starts to get a bit more complicated now as Marty Stratton, Executive Producer of DOOM Eternal, posted online a lengthy explanation of the entire events that had led to this disagreement, citing that Gordon was unable to deliver the properly mixed tracks on time for the soundtracks initial release date, which lead to id Software hiring a Lead Audio Engineer to mix the remainder of the tracks.
“Talent aside, we have struggled to connect on some of the more production-related realities of development, while communication around those issues have eroded trust,” Stratton said in relation to Gordon’s inability to deliver the product. And just to be clear, Stratton is not blaming Gordon in his post, instead simply stating the version of events that occurred and how it all led to Eternal’s soundtrack issues.
“Mick’s unique style and sound have become synonymous with our latest projects. He’s deserved every award won, and I hope his incredible score for DOOM Eternal is met with similar accolades – he will deserve them all.”
However, in the same post, Stratton exclaimed that whilst he appreciated Gordon’s music and enormous talent, they unfortunately will no longer be working together for the upcoming DLC: “As for the immediate future, we are at the point of moving on and won’t be working with Mick on the DLC we currently have in production.”
It’s a shame that something like this has to happen, but unfortunately they do happen in this industry. Whether one party was entirely at fault, whether they both share the blame, or even if there was no fault of anyone’s, bridges can be burned due to creative and technical differences. Mick Gordon has yet to respond to Stratton’s post, but unfortunately it seems as though all ties between the two will be gone.
As for the DLCs new soundtrack, id Software is looking into hiring someone else to bring the sound to life: “I’m as disappointed as anyone that we’re at this point, but as we have many times before, we will adapt to changing circumstances and pursue the most unique and talented artists in the industry with whom to collaborate.”
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