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Tunnel vision : (A film by Ivan Hexter), for string orchestra, virtual analog synthesizer and drum loops

by Andrián Pertout (2016)

Work Overview

Tunnel Vision was commissioned by Australian film-maker Ivan Hexter, and intended as film music to be synchronized and mixed with the film soundtrack of the Tunnel Vision documentary, which "tells the compelling story of the community that rose up in defiance against the divisive East West Link in Melbourne… the extraordinary story of a community that stood up, found its voice and made history."
The work serves as an exploration of the linear additive compositional process, utilizing a diatonic interpretation of the twelve-tone row from Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (1935), as well as the musical implications of a mathematical approach for the generation of rhythmic material, which is outlined in Creating Rhythms (2014) by Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos and includes combinatorics, de Bruijn sequences, Christoffel words, paper folding, and probability. The instrumentation of the work features a standard string orchestra ( in combination with a Virtual Analog Synthesizer (from Arturia's V Collection 4) modelled on the Roland Jupiter-8 (1981-1984) - originally featuring 2 oscillators per voice, 2 LFOs, 2 filters and 2 envelopes, as well as eight voice polyphony. The complete Arturia's V Collection 4 consists of the ARP 2600 V, CS-80 V, Jupiter-8V, Matrix-12 V, Mini V, Modular V, Oberheim SEM V, Prophet-V, Solina V, VOX Continental-V and Wurlitzer-V. A series of contrasting drum loops (Drum Set 1 and 2, Hi-hat Pattern 1 and 2, and Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer Pattern 1 and 2) additionally form the 'tape' element of the work.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Strings (, synthesizer bass (laptop and USB-MIDI controller), tape (computer).

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Commission note: Commissioned by Ivan Hexter for the film ‘Tunnel Vision’

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Creating Rhythms (2014) by Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos ; Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (1935) ; Christoffel Words ; Linear Additive Compositional Process ; Virtual Analog Synthesizer


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