Left Edge was commissioned by the WA Tourism Commission to accompany images of Western Australia. From its vast landscapes and glistening oceans to the urban attractions of Perth and its orchestra, Western Australia is represented in an aural world that attempts to mix Hollywood with ideas more Australian. Its themes are based on musical lines that contract to a single point – not dissimilar to watching the sun disappear over the horizon – themes which are played over harmonies that make reference to Sculthorpe and utilise the ubiquitous digeridoo. The ocean plays a large part in the lives of Western Australians, and the soft central section of the work is inspired by some of the beautiful underwater experiences that the western coastline offers.
The title not only refers to WA’s geographical location but, being music for film, also echoes the “Top, Left Edge” call of the conductor so often heard in recording sessions for the screen.