MW2 Soundtrack ‘Not My Artistic Intent’

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Sarah Schachnerone of the most prolific and well-known composers working in video games released a statement today saying that she no longer composes any music for Modern Warfare II or War zone.

Schachner, whose credits as a composer and musician the Assassin’s Creed series (Unit, Black flag, Origin & Valhalla), Far Cry, Craving for speedBioware’s National anthem and Call of Duty games (Infinite Warfare, Modern Warfare & Modern Warfare II), posted the statement on Twittersaying that she “can no longer continue composing music” for Activision’s latest shooter.

“Over the past few months, the working dynamic with the sound director has become increasingly challenging and I see no way forward”, the statement reads. “As of now, I am unsure of the status and release plan for the soundtrack as it is out of my hands.”

Those soundtrack plans have been the subject of fan curiosity since the game’s release, as it’s rare for a major hit like this to come out and not be accompanied by its official album. Schachner’s statement suggests that her “challenging” dynamic with the sound director (who Variety reports is Stephen Miller) is at least partly to blame for this soundtrack release, as she adds “what will be released on the soundtrack is not my artistic intent in regards to mixing and mastering”.

You can read the full statement below:

I am sad to say that I can no longer continue composing music for MWII / Warzone. Over the past few months, the working dynamic with the sound director has become increasingly challenging and I see no way forward. As of now, I am unsure of the status and release plan for the soundtrack as it has been taken out of my hands.

While I have no control over how the music is presented in the game, what will be released on the soundtrack is not my artistic intent regarding mixing and mastering. Mike Dean was part of the creative vision for the album as well as mixer Frank Wolf. We have soundtrack masters in the hand of Mike that unfortunately you will never hear.

I’d like to acknowledge the incredible hard work of the audio team as a whole, and I hope you’re still enjoying it, because I put so much work and effort into it. The score features some great performances by musicians Baseck, Brain Mantia and MB Gordy. I am truly appreciative of the outreach so far and I feel a responsibility to the fans to remain authentic in my approach to the game and its sound that I have been a part of creating for many years.

Thank you, Sarah



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