Sounds like we missed out
Here’s an interesting tidbit about Metroid Prime for you. Rob Brown and Sean Booth, the duo that makes up the electronic band Autechre, have revealed that they were originally set to create the soundtrack for Metroid Prime. This information comes straight from Booth himself, who shared details via a Twitch stream.
Well I can now [explain my mention in the Metroid Prime credits]. 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, because it’s f@#$ing Metroid… the best game ever. And then Nintendo 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, or 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 they think it sounds a bit like us, but I don’t think it does. But it’s subjective really.
Obviously, the question we want answered is why Nintendo decided to ditch Autechre and go with an internally-produced soundtrack. The only ones that can answer that question are Nintendo, and I highly doubt they have any plans on speaking out about the matter.