002 IVGM – Disasterpeace, Adventure – FEZ

InsideVGM-150In this episode, I talk with Rich Vreeland, who also goes by the name Disasterpeace. He is the composer of the FEZ and many other game soundtracks. We talk about his song Adventure from FEZ.

In my interview with Rich Vreeland, we cover the following:

  • His musical background growing up and at Berklee College of Music
  • His 42 projects available for sale on his music page
  • Retaining or giving up rights to be able to release the soundtrack himself
  • His album Neutralite and how he collaborated with SpamTronDisasterpeace
  • If it is hard to wait after writing a bunch of music for a game to be completed and released
  • Rich has a blog entry where he talks about the synthesizers he uses. I ask about how to move up from beginner at synthesis
  • We talk about Adventure, and how there are only seven or eight tracks in the song
  • I then played Adventure from the FEZ soundtrack
  • Rich gave tips on making things loopable, and how the soundtrack version differs from the game version
  • How he use Leq and AudioLink to match the volume level for the game assets, separately from having the soundtrack mastered for the game Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
  • His “game”/music app January
  • Rich is performing October 11th at IndieCade, singing and playing piano on new songs
  • Rich also wrote the score to the film It Follows in about three weeks to have it ready for the Cannes Film Festival
  • His alias, Disasterpiece, how we came up with it and the occasional problems of having two identities
  • His favorite games of all time are NHL ’94 (Sega Genesis), Tecmo Super Bowl (NES), Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island and Chrono Cross.
  • He loves the music in Yoshi’s Island (Koji Kondo) and Chrono Cross (Yasunori Mitsuda), and more recently Machinarium and Samorost 2 (Tomáš Dvořák). Spelunky (Eirik Suhrke)

You can find Rich Vreeland on Twitter @Disasterpeace and his website is disasterpeace.com. You can find FEZ at fezgame.com.

Next week I am interviewing Grant Kirkhope who wrote the soundtrack for Kingdoms of Amalur, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark and many more. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask, please email me at tom@insidevgm.com.

Is there a game composer you’d like to hear from? Let me know and I will reach out to them for an interview. Email tom@insidevgm.com or tweet at me on Twitter @TomSnively.

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