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A Thin Black Line

by Timothy Fairless

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Darwin 05:06
Keep Playing 02:35
Dockside 01:04
The Air Raid 04:25


Music composed by Timothy Fairless
Performed by Timothy Fairless with Greg Olley

Soundtrack from the Virtual Reality experience "A Thin Black Line" by VRTOV and DoubleWire Productions.

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

The soundtrack album presents compositions from the film, recut and reworked, as premiered at the Adelaide Biennial of Art in early 2018.


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.

Directed by ATOM award-winner Douglas Watkin, with art by acclaimed artist Vernon Ah Kee, and produced by award-winning VR studio VRTOV for SBS Australia.

We gratefully acknowledge Patricia Watkin for generously sharing her story.

VR experience available for Gear VR: www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/1695996763773535/


released November 16, 2018

Composed by Timothy Fairless
Performed by Timothy Fairless with Greg Olley


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Timothy Fairless Brisbane, Australia

Timothy Fairless is an Australian composer & multi-instrumentalist who processes acoustic, electronic and environmental sources to near oblivion, but combines them with enough familiar musicality to keep things friendly.

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