The Quietus | News | Autechre was asked to score a Nintendo game in 2002
Autechre’s Sean Booth has revealed the duo was originally formed to produce the soundtrack for Nintendo’s 2002 game Metroid Prime.
Speaking in a recent six-hour Ask Me Anything stream on Twitch, Booth said he was technically breaking a nondisclosure agreement by revealing the news, but confirmed that Autechre was first enlisted to create the score before Nintendo finally chose to use Japanese music. composer Kenji Yamamoto.
Autechre’s involvement in the game has long been the source of speculation after the duo’s name was listed among the credits when it was originally released in 2002, and Booth’s reveal has now put that speculation to rest.
“We met them [game-maker Retro Studios] in Austin,” Booth said in the stream. “They were really excited and we were really excited, ’cause it’s fucking metroid, the best game of all time. And then Nintendo missed it for some reason and wanted their guy to do it, so that was really it.
“I don’t know how involved they were in the sound, or if they intentionally tried to make it sound a bit more [like] us, but I don’t really think so. I’ve read people say they think it looks a bit like us, but I don’t think it does. But it’s really subjective.”
Elsewhere in the stream, Booth said that David Lynch is a fan of Autechre’s work. Responding to a question, he said the duo had been asked to play a fundraiser for the David Lynch Foundation, just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything.
“He sent us a nice little letter, that was really cool,” Booth said. “I was like, ‘Holy shit, a letter from David Lynch!’ I think he likes us enough to want us to do a show for him.”
Asked by another person what piece of him or Autechre he would play for Lynch, Booth said he would probably go for “something unreleased, because I have a few things that I think he might like. which I did not put out.”
You can watch the full AMA here.
Last month, Booth followed comments on a YouTube video to confirm that the music featured there did indeed feature unreleased material from Autechre and Gescom, as the title of the video suggests.