Episode #81: Disasterpeace & Under the Silver Lake

photo: Shane Lopes

photo: Shane Lopes

On this episode, we speak with composer Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace) about his work on the recently-released neo-noir, Under the Silver Lake. Sorry for the delay, kids -- Easter weekend was taken up with feeding cheesy potatoes and ham to an adorable baby, and the week following was an utter shitshow of financial ruin. That said, we have a really great episode for you, so let's get into it.

As a composer Disasterpeace came to prominence with his work on the 2012 videogame, Fez, as well as his score for the indie horror film, It Follows, released in 2015. That marked his first collaboration with director David Robert Mitchell, with whom the composer has teamed up again on Under the Silver Lake, which is now available as video-on-demand pretty much everywhere.

For the film's score, Disasterrpeace, best known for his synth-driven work, delivers a full orchestral score for the first time. It's an impressive array of music which hearkens back to the scores of classic thrillers of the '40s and '50s, while also standing tall alongside music from R.E.M. and others.

I spoke with Rich Vreeland ahead of Under the Silver Lake's release, and we talked about everything from video games to film to what he has coming up.


Disasterpeace, "The Curse of Edendale"(Under the Silver Lake OST)

Disasterpeace, "Beware the Dog Killer" (Under the Silver Lake OST)

Jesus & The Brides of Dracula, "Turning Teeth" (Under the Silver Lake OST)

Disasterpeace, "Inconclusion" (Under the Silver Lake OST)

R.E.M., "Strange Currencies" (Under the Silver Lake OST)