On May 5, 2020, studio director id Software Marty Straton posted an open letter on Reddit accusing Eternal DOOM composer Mick Gordon to not fully mix and produce the game tracks, and to have a chief audio designer named Chad help him fix it before he gets out.
In the letter, Stratton alleges problems between id and Gordonmissed deadlines, online chat about Gordonthe whole work is not finished, there are differences between Chad and Gordon‘s work (namely that Gordonwere mixed badly and were compressed into hell), and brings to light a boatload of contractual, legal and personal issues behind the scenes.
Stratton ended his letter saying that id would no longer work with Gordon and expressing his disappointment with the situation. “I am as disappointed as anyone that we are at this point, but as we have done many times before, we will adapt to changing circumstances and pursue the most unique and talented artists in the industry to collaborate with. “, said Stratton in closure. “Our team really appreciated this creative collaboration and we know Mike will continue to delight fans for many years to come.
Now Gordon published his own letter two years later, which begins with the following introduction:
“Martin lied about the circumstances surrounding Eternal DOOM The soundtrack and misinformation and innuendo used to blame me entirely for its failure. Afterwards, he offered me a six-figure settlement to never talk about it. For me, the truth is more important.
“MartinThe Reddit post has seriously affected my professional and personal reputation. By posting this statement, I am exercising my right to defend myself. It is a defense, not an unprovoked attack, launched with extreme reluctance only after all other attempts to solve the problem have failed.
“This statement is not an excuse for a hate campaign. Acts of hate broadcast online will not bring about any positive change. In fact, it only makes things worse.”
In all, GordonThe post is about an hour long and is long enough to warrant a table of contents. In the Summary of Facts section, Gordon alleges the following against Stratton:
- He was not paid for more than half of the Eternal DOOM soundtrack
- He received a contract for the soundtrack 48 hours before the game was released and was not told the full truth about the scope of his work.
- He was cut from the process at the end of the soundtrack
- Stratton never contacted him about the controversy and instead published the open letter
- He then received torrents of abuse and harassment from fans
- His reputation was damaged because of this situation
Read the full letter here.
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