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Fantasy (synthesizer music)

by Derek Strahan (1990)

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Performance by Tony Ansell, Derek Strahan from the CD Cult of Diana

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Cult of Diana / music for film by Derek Strahan.

Library shelf no. CD 2254 [Not for loan]

Remembering Adrian Braun


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Work Overview

"Fantasy" was made from a screenplay that I wrote in the style of a Gothic extravagance for production on a modest budget! An expensive 'look" was achieved through Geoffrey Brown's work as Director of Photography and the hire of a magnificent mansion in Burwood, Sydney. Writing the music gave me my first opportunity to compose a score entirely for synthesizer. The story concerns Jenny, an inhibited young women who weaves secret fantasies built around the image of an unknown man - a face from a photograph in a magazine. In reality, the man, Quentin, is a research psychiatrist, now investigating the barrier dividing sanity from madness. A chance meeting between these two sparks instant attraction. Despite the chance of a genuine romance, Quentin, obsessed with his research, proposes a bizarre exchange: that each agrees, for a month, to act out the other's fantasies. Whereas Jenny's are romantic, Quentin's are, in fact, a scientific "experiment" with Jenny as the guinea-pig. Time distortion and sensual deprivation challenge her sense of identity and her grasp on reality. The "experiment" ends in chaos. Of the two lovers, only Jenny survives, along with one of Quentin's research team whose work Quentin has, in fact, stolen.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: 1 synthesizers - 2 sessions

Duration: 62 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Attention to detail, choosing & changing sound sources

Contents note: 1. Jenny’s Fantasy -- 2. Dream music box -- 3. Strange House.

Dedication note: Geoffrey Brown, producer, director with grateful thanks for opportunity to write script and music, and play a supporting actor role as an eccentric professor.

Commission note: Commissioned by Combridge International


Fantasy: Jenny's Fantasy
Fantasy: Dream music box
Fantasy: Strange House

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