Listen to Tim’s original composition submitted with his entry.

Timothy Jayatilaka (Age 19, NSW)

FANFARE: Fanfare for the daily grind

I want nothing more than to create extraordinary music, music that tells stories full of rich and powerful emotions. Music is the manifestation of emotion, I don’t know how air particles vibrating does what it does to us, but it does. And it drives me, empowers me and inspires me. Personally, it reaffirms my belief in the existence of God every day.

Typical story, had a couple years piano lessons when I was young. But the first time I played with other people was when I was 14, and that was when I started really enjoying music. And what led me to composition, combining sounds in any manner imaginable, informed by centuries of expertise paved before me, it’s all very exciting.

Being 19, I grew up on the family animated films of Pixar and Dreamworks, with the music of John Powell, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino and many more (though I wasn’t aware or cared at the time). And now that’s my dream, to speak in films where any other language doesn’t do justice and provide a layer of emotion only music can produce. It’s my ambition to work harder and create better music every day, to make sounds that will add something to people’s (including myself) lives.

Composition: Fanfare for the Daily Grind

This fun little fanfare is a triumphant acknowledge of the battles we all go through to get through each day. I tell myself every morning in the mirror that I want to make the best music and to do that I’ll need to be the best at working hard (though I’m still a long long way from both). This is a fanfare, a symphonic blast, a call out for the grind, that drive to power through each day, to better yourself and the world around you.

Utilising flurrying woodwinds, noble and powerful brass full of hard accents and thick chords, the raw emotion of the different register characteristics of the strings, and of course, driving it all home with some hard-hitting percussion. This piece is a true statement of my emotions to get through each day, and is strikingly loud (warning: brass venturing beyond fortissimo).

I hope you can relate to this piece, that the music speaks to your every day battles.