Directed by ReMixer and former OC ReMix Judge Lee Barber (The Orichalcon), Doom II: Delta-Q-Delta is the eleventh album from OverClocked ReMix. Lee was also instrumental in OC ReMix's fifth album, The Dark Side of Phobos, which arranged music from the first Doom.
OverClocked ReMix is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, and interpretation of video game music. Founded in 1999 by David W. Lloyd (djpretzel), it has grown into a large online community of talented artists who arrange game music and make their arrangements available freely.
Doom 2 was the first commercial purchase of any Doom game that I personally made. I remember having a lot of fun playing the shareware version of the original Doom in the mid 90's and finally saw Doom 2 sitting in a bargain bin at a dying games boutique.
Since the second Doom was set on Earth, the game had a less space-age feel to it and a lot more drab-looking downtown-esque textures. The one thing that sparked the nostalgia feeling for the Doom series within me though was the music in the game. It still had that same Doom feel to it, from the catchy "Dave D. Taylor Blues", to the creepy "The Healer Stalks" and the downright evil sound of "Shawn's Got the Shotgun".
The game utilised the usual MIDI file technique used in older games to keep the filesize down, converted to special "MUS" files specific to Doom. Robert Prince continued his mix of making up entirely original tracks for the game, as well as basing some tracks on famous rock songs by various bands that were popular at the time.
The premise behind Delta-Q-Delta was to follow in the footsteps of "The Dark Side of Phobos", keeping some principles from that album, while still going in a unique direction. DQD focuses on dark-sounding music in a variety of genres. Of note, one of my favourite tracks is Jovette Rivera's "The Countdown", which is basically a funky dance track, made to sound evil by utilising various scream and grownly samples throughout. Mazedude's "Silent Healer" sounds downright evil, while John Revoredo managed to make a very chilled, yet still dark and mystical sounding version of "Into Sandy's City".
Delta-Q-Delta took over 2 and a half years to complete, facing many bumps and struggles along the way. I felt it was important not to rush a release of the project in order to ensure quality above all else. Finally we've reached a point where the album satisfied our critical eyes and ears, and the artists involved that have been waiting for so long can breathe a huge sigh of relief as their tracks are finally heard by many Doom 2 and video game music fans.
I'd personally like to thank everyone involved in the project during its making. Even those whose efforts didn't end up making it to the final version, your input was appreciated and helped shaped the album as it is today.
I hope you, the fans, the artists, the public in general will enjoy this album. Set yourself aside an hour. Turn the lights off, turn the volume up, and lose yourself in the dark and evil atmosphere that we've set up to hopefully provide you some nostalgia of that wonderful sequel title, Doom 2: Hell on Earth.
-Lee Barber (The Orichalcon)