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Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar

Catalog Number N/A
Release Date Jan 01, 2011
Publish Format Commercial
Release Price 2.00 USD
Media Format Digital
Classification Original Work
PublisherDisasterpeace / /
Exclusive RetailerBandcamp / /


Composer / Disasterpeace, Derris-Kharlan


Disc 1

01 Prologue 1:48
02 Jump Error 4:00
03 Club Wolf 4:58
04 Adrift 0:56
05 The New Formation 4:24
06 Beta's Brilliancy 3:48
07 Ensis 6:43
08 Day of Reflection 1:31
09 Wagering Lights 4:36
10 Counter of the Cumulus 4:37
11 Submerciful 6:51
12 Constellations 1:08
Disc length 45:20



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"A small band of galactic travelers are bound together by mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, in the darkest reaches of the universe, an unparalleled force dwells on ambiguous intentions.

I started writing this album in 2006, four years before its release, and around the same time I finished Level. Some of the tracks have been revised significantly from their original formats, however a few of them initially slated to be a part of this album are absent. I could not give them the proper treatment without drastically impacting the original nature of those pieces, so I’ve left them off, deciding instead to release them in their original form in the near future.

Some of the tracks are products of a wonderful competition I participated in called '30 Songs in 30 Days'. For those of you who enjoy making things, I highly recommend these types of events; creating lots of varied material in a short amount of time is an amazing experience and one everyone ought to explore." - Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland

Mastered by Sean Sinclair
Artwork by Graham Lackey
"Wagering Lights" co-written by Derris-Kharlan
All Other Credits to Rich Vreeland

- Track notes -

Track 01:
You encounter a mysterious force and the journey begins.

Can you identify the material that this song uses? It originally started out as a fully fledged revamp of "The Solar Prime Elite" (see Deorbit), but it wasn't really panning out, so I decided to make this abridged version instead.

Track 02:
A navigational miscalculation, skirmish. Another jump, lost in space.

I think this may be the only song I've played at every single concert since I started playing concerts in 2007. Except for that one time we did a FEZ concert in Austin.

I originally wrote this song a good 5 years or so before the album came out.

Compositionally, the original version is different in a couple of ways. There are a few less chord changes, no ritardandos, and some drum patterns that I think are a little cruder.

Track 03:
Discovery of an off the path space bar/hub, gathering of info and an encounter with thugs.

This track started as a Kwakfest entry. Kwakfest was a one hour MIDI competition run by Jake "virt" Kaufman. One of the most fun things I ever had the pleasure of doing on the internet.

This tune was originally called "Tippity Tapestry".

Track 04:
Floating through space.

There is a lot of pulse width modulation in this track.

Track 05:
The appearance (and disappearance) of a previously unknown fleet

In 2006, towards the end of August, I wrote out a rough 45 seconds or so of ideas in MIDI based around a 7/8 rhythm and tentatively called it “Weird Violence”.

A few days later, I started working on another idea; unlike the previous, this one had some legs, and I wound up incorporating the core idea of Weird Violence into one of its sections. By the end it was about five and a half minutes long.

After bringing the song into Reason and cleaning it up, I sensed that it was right up the alley of some of the other music I had been writing at the time; tunes like Jump Error. As a result I decided to include it in my plans for the space concept album that I’d eventually release four years later. The track was called “The Seventh Formation”, a slight nod to the meter of the earliest idea for this song.

The similarities between The Seventh Formation and its new counterpart “The New Formation” are heard right away, but with each passing second the contrast between the two becomes greater. By the end of each piece, their relationship to each other is hard to determine. The New Formation really only uses a few of the original elements, and takes the material in an entirely new direction.

Track 06:
You learn the ways of the Solar Prime Elite.

This track is made using a single, crazy synth patch in Reason's THOR.

With the exception of the notes, this track is almost entirely controlled by a single pass of pitchbend data. Each time you bounce the song, it sounds different. So I bounced it a couple times and mixed them together!

Track 07:
Traveling through the far reaches of space utilizing your new skills. A joy ride.

This is the second iteration of this song. I added a breakdown in the new version to break things up a bit, since it's a somewhat long tune. There are some pretty unusual time signature / polymeter things going on in this song. Listen for the open hi-hat (read: noise) that creates a 5/8 polymeter in the drums.

Track 08:
Heroes take time to reflect.

This song was inspired by demoscene music, and Jasper's Journeys, a platformer by indie developer Lexaloffle.

The "bell" sample was actually taken directly from one of the songs from that game. I also used it in my music game, "January".

Track 09:
Space exploration leads to a skirmish.

This song was originally released as a collaboration with Derris-Kharlan on 8bitcollective, a now defunct chipmusic site. We went under the name "Venn & Euler" at the time. The first half of the song is largely Derris-Kharlan's composition, while the second half is mine.

Track 10:
A grand battle commences, on the eve of the surprise appearance of the unknown fleet.

Track 11:
The massive enemy fleet, disabled, enters the atmosphere of a habitable planet and sinks into the depths of its deepest ocean. Small signs of survival are still apparent.

This is one of only two songs on this album that don't use THOR.

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