Doom Eternal Composer Mick Gordon Appalled By Ost Mixing Mick Gordon soundtrack

With the lack of more recent AAA releases, it gives us more time to enjoy in detail some of the games that have come out in this trying period. One of those is id Software’s awesome first-person shooter, Doom Eternal. To say the journey through Hell and back is a treat for the eyes is an understatement already, but it is accompanied by a banging soundtrack that just gets the blood pumping. Composer Mick Gordon has done a fantastic job for both Doom Eternal and its predecessor, but his desire to continue with the franchise may be lacking following the newly launched official soundtrack.

Doom Eternal Composer Mick Gordon Appalled By Ost Mixing (2)

Something’s off

If you have given the soundtrack a listen, it is hard to put your finger on what went wrong, just that there is something off about it. Audio blogger thatACDCguy on Twitter showed what’s going on by comparing the wavelengths of the track “BFG Division” in both Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal. The Doom Eternal version has a less dynamic range between instruments, and thus less defined wavelengths. Your ear will have a hard time trying to differentiate between the varying instruments at the same time. Most of the official soundtrack was mixed like this.

Doom Eternal OST mixing was not Mick Gordon’s doing

The examination got a reply from the composer himself. Gordon stated that he did not have a hand in mixing most of the tracks. Only a few tracks were mixed by him, and the differences are stark.

His reply also made it seem like the Doom Eternal OST was released without his input. A thread on Reddit also shows a fan reaching out to Gordon about the possibility of future Doom games, with him allegedly replying that his relationship with id is apparently not on the best terms now.

PCGamer reached out to Gordon about the soundtrack and his working relationship. “I take a lot of pride in my work,” Gordon replied. “It’s all I do, it’s all I have and I pour my heart and soul into it.” The composer added further that he is seeking more clarity on the situation as well and has nothing more to add.

With his signature style and impressive musical talent not only apparent in the Doom series, but also the Wolfenstein series, hopefully this is not the last we will hear of Mick Gordon’s music in Bethesda games.

Jake Su
Tactical strategy games are Jake's jam, and defending the Earth from alien and internal threats is just his bread and butter since the 1990s.

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