Magazine article Filmmaker

Rich Vreeland

Magazine article Filmmaker

Rich Vreeland

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Throbbing, arpeggiating, oozing and splatting - one of the first things you notice in David Robert Mitchell's creepy ode to old-school '70s horror, It Follows, is the provocative score by composer Rich Vreeland, who records under the name Disasterpeace. (A riff on "masterpiece," he says.) It's the first movie music created by the Bay Area musician, whose previous work, including his much-celebrated 8-bit ambient soundtrack for the "puzzle-platformer" game Fez, has made him a standout in the world of both large-scale franchise games (Bomberman Live: Battlefest) and independents.

Vreeland and Mitchell hooked up over gaming, as a matter of fact. "David had played through the game Fez, liked the music and envisioned something similar for his film," Vreeland says in an email. Scheduling the film amidst Vreeland's game work was tough, but, the composer says, "I gave it a shot and we made the score in about three weeks."

What was it like transitioning from games to film? "The practice is very different in a lot of ways," Vreeland answers. "Video game music tends to be more about capturing a certain vibe that can be relevant over a longer period of time, regardless of many of the choices the player might make. The music also needs to stand up to repetitive listening in a way that film is fortunate not to have to deal with as much. I've found scoring film to have its own set of challenges, of course, but I enjoy knowing that the structure is more or less known. Sometimes when I'm working on a game, I don't even know the shape it will ultimately take on until the very end. …

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