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The Annotator

106 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Disasterpeace - Hyper Light Drifter

Disasterpeace (aka Rich Vreeland) has over 50 albums to its credit. He has composed scores for video games such as: Puzzle Agent and Puzzle Agent 2, Fez, for film such as: It Follows and Under the Silver Lake and for television he has written music for Adventure Time and the soon to be released DIY.

Disasterpeace wrote the original score for the massively popular video game, HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER which released on March 31, 2016 from developer Heart Machine. 

The game is a 2D Action RPG in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Hyper Light Drifter features intense action, other-worldly environments and a captivating storyline. Our Hero is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease much like its creator, Alex Preston, who suffers of a heart disease, major source of inspiration for this game. It has been called "a surreal, indie Zelda" by Kotaku and "decadent, cryptic and classy" by Polygon

In this episode DISASTERPEACE takes us through his music for the game's brief intro cinematic. Not once or twice, but three times ... each time unveiling a different handful of audio elements from this deeply layered score filled with musical motifs, sound design, and audio easter eggs.


02:14 - Piano Sketches

03:40 - Vignette - Visions

04:35 - Main motif

05:06 - Intro. Cinematic / Vignette - Visions #1 (Motifs, Prometheus chord, chug chug, sheen of noise)

08:10 - Intro. Cinematic / Vignette - Visions #2 (Sound design, musical narrative)

10:48 - Deep Drums

11:50 - Snack Jack

13:11 - Intro. Cinematic / Vignette - Visions #3 (Palette library)


14:49 - The Abyss


The original score was released on April 12, 2016 and is available digitally on Bandcamp (, (, iTunes, and streaming on Spotify and Apple music. 


You can also hear more music and find out more about Andrew Lockington on his official site: You can also follow him on Twitter @disasterpeace


Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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