Influential electronic duo Autechre, who hails from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has stated that it was asked to compose the music for the hugely popular GameCube game, Metroid Prime.
Revealed in a Twitch AMA and shared on Twitter by @GoodWillsmith, Sean Booth — one member of the duo — responded to a question from a viewer asking about the first-person shooter (thanks, Nintendo Everything!).
Now, this might sound like it's come out of nowhere, but in the North American credits for the 2002 game, both Booth and Rob Brown's names are listed in the Special Thanks section of the credits — which you can check out here on Metroid Wiki. Fans have been wondering for a while why the duo's names were in the credits, and this seems to confirm why.
Here's an extract from the AMA where Booth discusses being asked to do the game's soundtrack, with both parties being incredibly excited because of Metroid's reputation:
“Well I can now, even though I am violating an NDA technically by saying this, but basically we got asked to do the soundtrack by [Retro Studios]. We met up with them in Austin. They were really keen and we were really keen..."
However, things fell through and Autechre didn't get the chance to write the music, as the job went to series veteran Kenji Yamamoto. Booth says that some fans of the game have even reached out saying that some of Prime's music sounds like Autechre's, which Booth doesn't entirely agree with:
"And then Nintendo kind of borked it for some reason and wanted their guy to do it, so that was that really. I don’t know how much involvement they had in the sound of it, whether they intentionally tried to make it sound a bit more [like] us, but I don’t think so really. I’ve read people saying that they think it sounds a bit like us, but I don’t think it does. But it’s subjective.”
Can you imagine what Metroid Prime's music would've sounded like if Autechre got the chance to compose the game's music? Of course, what we got from Yamamoto is beautifully haunting, iconic, atmospheric — pretty much perfect, really! But we'd love to have seen how different the game could've sounded in different musical hands. There's always Metroid Prime 4, hey?
You can watch the full AMA below on YouTube. Be warned, there's strong language throughout, so watch at your own discretion.
Did you spot Booth and Brown's names in the credits of Metroid Prime? Would you like to have heard the duo's interpretation of the music? Let us know!