Vreeland in 2012
|Birth name||Richard Vreeland|
June 29, 1986|
Staten Island, New York, United States
Richard Vreeland, better known by his stage name Disasterpeace, (born June 29, 1986 in Staten Island, New York) 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. Known for his work as a chiptune artist, Vreeland stepped into film score composition with the 2015 film It Follows.
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".
Vreeland composed Fez's chiptune-esque 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". He left some portions of Fez without music. Vreeland worked on its soundtrack at night for about 14 months while scoring Shoot Many Robots, and Brandon McCartin of Aquaria contributed the game's sound effects.
Hyper Light Drifter
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.
|2004||History of the Vreeland||N/A|
|2005||The Chronicles of Jammage the Jam Mage|
|2006||Atebite and the Warring Nations|
|2011||Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar||N/A|
|2006||Daniel, Matthew & Richard||N/A|
|2007||Under The Influence|
|2007||Limeade Grin||Unreleased video game|
|2008||Rescue: The Beagles||Video game|
|2009||Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter (UST)|
|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|
|Puzzle Agent (UST)|
|Shoot Many Robots|
|FZ: Side F||Fez OST remix album|
|FZ: Side Z|
|Apoc Wars||Video game|
|2014||The Floor Is Jelly|
|Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake|
|Loop Ring Chop Drink||Short film|
|2016||Bad Jubies||Adventure Time episode|
|Hyper Light Drifter||Video game|
|Beasts of Balance||Tabletop game|
|2017||Ram Son (original soundtrack for River City Ransom: Underground)||Video game. Currently unavailable on both Bandcamp and Steam due to DMCA takedown by Alex Mauer.|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||Film|
- "Fine Tuning Interview: Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace)". Esperino. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- 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.
- Hollander Cooper (April 12, 2012). "Fez review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- Kirk Hamilton. "Fez's Beautiful Soundtrack Lives and Breathes Video Game Dreaminess". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "GameSetWatch Two Minutes Of Fez's Charming World". gamesetwatch.com. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "Scoring Horror Interview with RICH VREELAND". Cinema Knife Fight. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "The 50 best albums of 2016". FACT. Retrieved January 1, 2017.