Disasterpeace

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Disasterpeace
Vreeland in 2012
Vreeland in 2012
Background information
Birth nameRichard Vreeland
Born (1986-06-29) June 29, 1986 (age 35)
Staten Island, New York, United States
GenresChiptune, electronic, ambient, experimental rock
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • composer
Years active2004–present
Websitedisasterpeace.com

Richard Vreeland, better known by his stage name Disasterpeace (born June 29, 1986), is an American composer and musician. He first got started in music after learning the guitar in high school and started writing music around the age of 17.[1] Known for his work as a chiptune artist, Vreeland has scored many video games, including Fez and Hyper Light Drifter. He stepped into film score composition with the 2015 film It Follows, and has since composed the scores for Under the Silver Lake, Triple Frontier, and Bodies Bodies Bodies.

Childhood[edit]

Vreeland's first introduction to music was as a child, growing up in Staten Island. He spent a great deal of time learning from his step-father, who was a trained musician. In an interview, Vreeland stated, "As a child, I was mesmerized by drums. My step-father was the music director of our church and they would have band practice in the basement. Many of my fondest memories are of going down there to jam away on the drums, when they were there".[2]

Career[edit]

Fez[edit]

"Trail", a medley by Disasterpeace from the Fez soundtrack remix album FZ: Side Z

Vreeland composed Fez's chiptune-esque[3] electronic soundtrack. Despite his background in chiptune, Vreeland limited his use of that genre's mannerisms in the score. He worked with soft synth pads and reverb to push the score closer to an '80s synthesizer sound. He also reduced reliance on percussion and incorporated distortion techniques like bitcrushing and wow. Vreeland opted for slower passages with varying tempos that could "ebb, flow, and breathe with the player".[4] He left some portions of Fez without music. Vreeland worked on its soundtrack at night for about 14 months while scoring Shoot Many Robots,[4] and Brandon McCartin of Aquaria contributed the game's sound effects.[5]

It Follows[edit]

In 2014, Vreeland produced the soundtrack for David Robert Mitchell's sophomore film It Follows, after being approached by Mitchell, a fan of Vreeland's work on the video game Fez.[6]

Hyper Light Drifter[edit]

Disasterpeace composed the soundtrack for Hyper Light Drifter, a game developed by Heart Machine in 2016. The score follows Disasterpeace's previous soundtrack work and was listed as "One of the year's best scores, in any medium" by FACT.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
2004 History of the Vreeland
2005 The Chronicles of Jammage the Jam Mage
2006 Atebite and the Warring Nations
2007 Under the Influence
Level
Neutralite
2011 Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar

EPs[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Cereal Code N/A
2010 West N/A
2016 Mud Water Theatre

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Daniel, Matthew & Richard Improvisational album
2007 Noon Kids B-sides
2010 Midnight Orphans
2011 Deorbit
2013 Strays
2016 Singles N/A
2017 Video Games
Disasters for Piano Arrangement album

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Type
2007 Limeade Grin Unreleased video game
2008 Rescue: The Beagles Video game
2009 Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter (UST)
Woosh
Waker
High Strangeness
Bomberman Live: Battlefest (UST)
Bright-Coves Brightcove video platform
2010 Astral Puzzle Meltdown Video game
Bonk: Brink Of Extinction (UST) Unreleased video game
Passcode: Soul Of The Traveler Web-series
Cat Astro Phi Video game
2011 360° Sharks
Puzzle Agent (UST)
ZONR
2012 Fez
Shoot Many Robots
KRUNCH
2013 Runner2 (UST)
FZ: Side F Fez OST remix album
FZ: Side Z
Apoc Wars Video game
Somewhere Short film
FAMAZE Video game
2014 The Floor Is Jelly
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
Cannon Brawl
2015 It Follows Film
Loop Ring Chop Drink Short film
Gunhouse Video game
Mini Metro
2016 "Bad Jubies" Adventure Time episode
Hyper Light Drifter Video game
Reigns (UST)
Beasts of Balance Tabletop game
2017 Ram Son (original soundtrack for River City Ransom: Underground) Video game
2018 DIY - Volume One TV cartoon
Under the Silver Lake Film
2019 Triple Frontier
Crimson Tooth Video game
2021 Solar Ash
2022 Bodies Bodies Bodies Film
Hyper Light Fragments Hyper Light Drifter OST additional tracks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fine Tuning Interview: Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace)". Esperino. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Courtney, Timothy (March 26, 2016). "Game Talk: Composer of Games Like Fez & Shoot Many Robots, Rich Vreeland Interview with Timothy Courtney". timothycourtney.io. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Hollander Cooper (April 12, 2012). "Fez review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Kirk Hamilton. "Fez's Beautiful Soundtrack Lives and Breathes Video Game Dreaminess". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "GameSetWatch Two Minutes Of Fez's Charming World". gamesetwatch.com. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "Scoring Horror Interview with RICH VREELAND". Cinema Knife Fight. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "The 50 best albums of 2016". FACT. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

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