Cult of Diana (trios: flute, saxophone, synthesizer)
by Derek Strahan (1992)
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"CULT OF DIANA" - SUITE FROM THE FILM MUSIC (1992).
The feature film "Cult of Diana" was made in 1992 by Producer-Director Geoffrey Brown from a screenplay I wrote based on his concept for the pilot of a TV series "inspector Shanahan Mysteries". It was telecast in Australia in 1996 on the Nine Network. This digital soundtrack recording is released on CD by kind permission of Combridge International. After a screen test I was cast in the role of the Irish Inspector and Geoffrey also entrusted me with the music. This gave me the opportunity to write an orchestral score for virtual orchestra (synthesizer) with real flute and alto saxophone, played by two superb musicians: Michael Scott, flute, and Graeme Lyall, alto saxophone, ably recorded and produced, integrating all sound sources by sound engineer Bob Scott. The story involves a pseudo-pagan Cult operating behind the front of a TV evangelist, exploiting the ritual practices of the Cult of the Roman Goddess, Diana, in a debased modern form that leads to a murder that Inspector Shanahan and his sidekick investigate. The Suite drawn from the score is in 5 sections:
Instrumentation: Flute, alto saxophone, synthesizer.
Duration: 16 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Attention to detail, choosing and changing sound sources
Contents note: 1. CULT OF DIANA: an evocation of the cult of antiquity -- 2. BLACK GLOVES: A psychopath is employed by the evangelist as a Cult minder to eliminate security risks -- 3. STRANGE DREAMS: These disturb Inspector Shanahan's sleep as he is drawn into the case -- 4. CHASE: The Cult minder attempts in vain to escape pursuit by police by boarding the monorail -- 5. RITUAL: The Cult prepares for a ritual sacrifice on May Day. The law arrives in time to prevent murder. All are apprehended except Diana herself, who mysteriously vanishes.
Dedication note: Geoffrey Brown, producer, director with grateful thanks for opportunity to write script and music, and play a lead actor role as an Irish detective.
Commission note: Commissioned by Combridge International
Cult of Diana: Chase
Cult of Diana: Ritual
Cult of Diana: Black Gloves
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