TIMOTHY FAIRLESS

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COMMISSIONS

SELECTED STUDIES

I compose music for film and television, and collaborate with visual artists. Here is a selection of works commissioned for moving image and as accompaniments or responses to others' creative practice.


SCREEN MUSIC SHOWREEL

Music has the unique ability to transform and amplify the emotion of a film audience. This ability also is the greatest responsibility of a composer producing music for film.

SELECTED SAMPLES:

  • The Housewife (Short Film)
  • Black Betty (Short Film)
  • Bouncer (Short Film)
  • Dusty's Guts (TVC)
  • A Short Love Story (Short Film)
  • Luna X-ray (Mixed Media Artwork)
  • True Love (Short Film)
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A THIN BLACK LINE

1942: For young Patima, the war seems a distant threat. But when the bombs reach her hometown of Darwin, she is forced to flee; leaving her father behind. An animated, interactive true story about a family's struggle to stay together in the face of war.

The bombing of Darwin in 1942 was the first and largest aerial attack on mainland Australia during the Second World War. As bombers strafed the lightly defended city, nearly half the civilian population fled southwards in the belief a Japanese invasion was imminent. Amongst them was Patima, a young Torres Strait Islander girl, just five-years old at the time.

Much like the way the film exploits a modern, immersive medium as the vehicle for a traditional narrative, the score delicately weaves acoustic instrumentation - felt piano, violin, mandolin and kalimba - with digital manipulations. The resulting soundtrack champions textures found in the fringes of performance and between the notes, while delivering emotive melodies that reflect the heart of the story they accompany.

The soundtrack album presents compositions from the film, as performed at the opening of the Adelaide Biennial of Art in early 2018.

OVERVIEW

FROM ONE SOURCE: RECUSE FOR MONO

From One Source: Recuse For Mono explores the relationship between language, narrative context, and understanding. By delaying, re-sequencing, smearing, and otherwise decontextualising a spoken word input, the listener is alerted to the dependence of their own observational framework on the multiplicity of interpretations from a single source. The way we relate to one another is often reliant on our ability to judge meaning and context, there is hope the work will encourage those experiencing it to seek greater engagement by challenging their immediate understanding of any received language or information.

OVERVIEW

  • 2018
  • Interactive Sound Installation
  • Variable Duration
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  • First exhibited at Don't Drink the Milk, July 2018, with visual artists Aaron Perkins and Emmalyn Hawthorne.

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

OUR STORIES: FIONA WIRRER-GEORGE

Living in Napranum on her home country, Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung's life to date has been a long cultivation of a journey for her current ambitious and fascinating projects. Fiona is set to trial a new counselling process based on traditional ways of knowing, being and doing as part of her PhD studies at James Cook University. Fiona is also preparing to open an art gallery; this is a busy time for an amazing woman. Her Granny raised Fiona, and her 'Voice and Spirit' continues to teach and guide her. (From Screen Australia)

OVERVIEW

  • Format: TV Documentary
  • Production: Double Wire for SBS/NITV
  • Director: Douglas Watkin
  • First Aired: August 2016
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THE BRIEF

  • Compose music for 15 minute documentary biopic. This score had to reflect the journey of Fiona Wirrer-George, through dance to education.

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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