TIMOTHY FAIRLESS

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COMMERCIAL WORK

SELECTED STUDIES

I compose music for film, and for radio & TV commercials. I aim for precision, responding exactly to needs of the film, or the message. I'm diverse and adaptable.

All commercial work is a collaborative activity, but ultimately it's my job as a composer and producer to interpret the message correctly and support the communication with sound. The examples below include web, television & radio adverts. For film scores see my Score page (seems obvious now, huh?)


BMW: CONTINUE TO DRIVE

For this advertisement I composed music made entirely from sounds harvested from the client's stock of BMW vehicles. The sounds were processed and rearranged into the soundtrack for the advertisement, called Continue to Drive.

The overall feel for the piece was assisted by director Sam Cleveland. We worked together to shape the right combination of raw and processed sound. It was important to strike a balance here - enough recognisable vehicle sounds so the point is made, but a certain amount of extreme manipulation to show just what could be possible.

Making music from seemingly non-musical objects isn't new. In particular the car has been the subject of numerous musical awakenings. But I don't think it matters much that the idea has been deployed before, this project is ultimately about displaying some attributes of BMW - precision, control, refinement - in music made only with BMW.

The piece received coverage across various media with broad reach, including Queensland's most widely circulated newspaper, The Courier Mail, media website Mumbrella, and on U.S. television show Right This Minute (above).

OVERVIEW

THE BRIEF

  • Compose original music using only sounds gathered from BMW vehicles.
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  • Delivery Format: Stereo
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

VISIT BRISBANE

This web advertisement is part of a broad tourism campaign promoting Brisbane in various markets and modes around the world. Being pretty embedded in the city I felt well placed to deliver a soundtrack that met the brief by being exciting, intricate and dynamic. Hey, it's a great place to live so this was easy.

I used a sound palette of jangly, sparkly tuned percussion, with mandolin and other plucked string things.

What you've got here is the 60 second edit. I can hook you up with the full length version if you want.

OVERVIEW

THE BRIEF

  • Compose & produce original music to amplify engagement with client's tourism campaign.
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  • Delivery Format: Stereo
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HYDROKLEEN: DUSTY'S GUTS

For this advertisement I composed a playful tune to accompany the lead character's story about the importance of getting the dust out of your air conditioner.

I used a sound palette of crisp mallets with vintage - dusty, even - drums and Mellotron.

OVERVIEW

THE BRIEF

  • Create SFX & Compose original music to accompany radio & animated TV commercials.
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  • Sound mix for effects, music & voice over.
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  • Delivery Format: Broadcast compliant stereo mix for TVC & 2 regional radio advert variations.