Magazine article New Internationalist

RAN (Remote Area Nurse)

Magazine article New Internationalist

RAN (Remote Area Nurse)

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RAN (Remote Area Nurse)

by David Bridie (Sound Vault SV0501 CD)

Just as writing soundtracks for films is an art form in its own right, so too is writing for television. Both demand similar things: a music that aids the drama at hand as well as mirroring the visual activity on screen. Leitmotifs for characters, themes and places are essential. It's this 'indefinable sense of place' that initially drew Australian composer David Bridie to Remote Area Nurse - RAN.

A series made for Australian television, RAN is set among the Torres Straits Islands and this location alone allows Bridie a generous scope in this soundtrack album. Soundtrack music has to move fast, and by this necessity the 23 tracks - from melodious songs and soft choral arrangement to purposeful drummings - are short. But it's Bridie's orchestration that's so effective. Filled with sympathetically arranged settings of music and song indigenous to the Torres Straits, this becomes, as Bridie rightly says, a collaboration between himself and artists such as Albert David, Norah Bagira - who appears in the TV drama - and Ricardo 'King Kadu' ldagu among many others. …

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