Students from music technology, composition, and performance came together for the live tracking of an Australian short film, Death of the Rose, as the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music launched a new stream – Commercial Music Creation.

Music Technology major Brodie Muggeridge composed the score, which was then orchestrated and recorded by a string orchestra at the Conservatorium.

The film has a post-apocalyptic theme, which examines what may come to pass following a major nuclear power accident.

“Screen music is a real team effort,” stream coordinator Matt Boden said.

“The realisation of a score takes serious collaboration – from the composer’s initial ideas, through to the orchestration of the score and the production of sheet music for the orchestra, to the recording of the music, and finally the post-production.

Banner image: The Death of the Rose team.

It’s an enormous task, but one that is richly rewarding.

Boden said as the Conservatorium looked towards the completion of creative industries and performing arts development The Hedberg, projects such as Death of the Rose would be undertaken more regularly.

The new facilities will provide a world-class environment in which to produce music for vision, enabling students to finely hone their craft, collaborate with their peers across disciplines, and benefit from close contact with staff, whose international experience in the field sets the University of Tasmania apart.

Boden said projects such as this were an unparalleled opportunity to soak up new experiences and understand one another’s craft better.

“It is very gratifying to see the traditional ‘fences’ in music fall away,” he said.

“Everyone who was involved with the session came away with a greater understanding of and respect for each other’s particular specialisation.

We are truly preparing students for the industry they’ll be working in.

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