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The MAKABRA ENSEMBLE is the audio-visual collaboration by members of TERMINATRYX (Paul Blom & Sonja Ruppersberg)
violin genius Matthijs Van Dijk, and Simon "Fuzzy" Ratcliffe & Sean Ou Tim (LARK).
Conceived by Paul & Sonja, and born at the annual South African HORRORFEST, this musical force creates new,
original and diverse soundtracks to classic silent horror films, performing it live to the screen.
These have included: The Phantom Of The Opera, Nosferatu, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Häxan,
and on Halloween 2009, Maciste In Hell. (2010 movie still being selected)
Instrumentation at these shows includes everything from voice, electric guitar, live & programmed drums and percussion, to upright bass,
a variety of flutes and woodwind instrument, electric violin, samples, sound FX, theremin, auto-harp, keyboards etc.
Beyond this, additional special guests are often incorporated and have included the likes of
Francois Blom (V.O.D / K.O.B.U.S. / Die Kruis), The Crackpot Realist, Max Starcke, Lara Block & others.
(see list of extensive info & pix on the various soundtracks below)
THE MAKBRA ENSEMBLE key members:
Centre: Sonja Ruppersberg
Clockwise from top left: Simon Ratcliffe, Paul Blom, Matthijs Van Dijk, Sean Ou Tim
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Sonja is on vocals with Paul in charge of music and production. They released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album mid-2008, followed by the “Terminatryx / Nosferatu” DVD, and remixes of the album (2010).
For live Terminatryx shows they are accompanied on stage by Patrick Davidson on guitar and Ronnie Belcher on drums (excluding the live soundtrack performances).
As a violinist, he has been involved in numerous chamber ensembles, as well an ad hoc player with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matthijs started composing when he was nine and to date has written 6 string quartets, 2 piano trios, a violin sonata, a symphonic song-cycle, several orchestral overtures and numerous smaller chamber works.
Matthijs’ weapon of choice for the live soundtrack performances is an electric violin with multi-effects.
A sound engineer by profession and owner of Sound & Motion Studios, Fuzzy is probably best known as bassist and wind instrumentalist for groundbreaking electro group LARK.
With almost 15 years in the sound industry behind him, he's worked in various capacities on projects for the likes of Dirty Skirts, Shy Gyevaras, Terminatryx, Fetish, Springbok Nude Girls, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Muse String Quartet, as well as international acts such as Kanye West, INXS, UB40, Steven Spielberg's “Dreamworks” and the BBC. His engineering skills have garnered him wins and nominations in the SAMA, Vita, Loerie & more.
TERMINATRYX / NOSFERATU
The TERMINATRYX / NOSFERATU DVD contains the 1922 silent vampire classic with a new original
soundtrack as performed live at the 2006 South African HORRORFEST Film Festival screening, by
TERMINATRYX and very special guests. Additional material includes music videos,
photo galleries, a short film and more.
The DVD cover is interchangeable to feature either TERMINATRYX or NOSFERATU.
(All of these live soundtracks have planned DVD releases)
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all HORRORFEST posters designed by Paul Blom
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Live Soundtrack Performance at the
2006 South African HORRORFEST Film Festival
by TERMINATRYX, Matthijs Van Dijk, and members of LARK, K.O.B.U.S./V.O.D
The first performance of the new, original soundtrack to the screening of the 1922 vampire classic
NOSFERATU by Sonja & Paul (from TERMINATRYX), Simon & Sean (from LARK),
Francois (from V.O.D and K.O.B.U.S) and Matthijs Van Dijk, happened on the dawn of Halloween night,
30 October 2006 at the 2nd annual South African HORRORFEST Film Festival -
hosted at the Labia independent theatre.
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German director F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU was released in 1922, based on Dracula (Bram Stoker's legendary tale of
vampires and undying love). With an amazing grasp of this new technology at the time, Murnau created a timeless motion picture
still as vivid and visually enticing as it was on its release over 85 years ago.
Now, this classic silent movie is resurrected with a new, diverse soundtrack performed live to the screen by Terminatryx
and special guests from Lark and Dawn Treader. Also available on DVD.
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The wide range of visually enthralling scenes were given a diverse set of moods and emotion with the combination of instruments including:
upright bass, electic guitar, electric bass, sampled percussion, programming, electric violin,
keyboards, flutes & woodwind instruments, FX, theremin and vocals in Romanian.
Extra seats had to be brought into the sold out venue.
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Live Soundtrack Performance at the
2005 debut South African HORRORFEST Film Festival
by Matthijs Van Dijk & his string quintet
The live movie soundtrack concept produced by Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg
kick-started with the very first South African HORROR FEST
(conceived in 2003/2004, and) hosted in 2005.
The festival's alternate title is The HORROR FESTACULAR.
The movie selected for this debut event was the amazing PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the chosen composer
becoming one of the MAKABRA ENSEMBLE's key members, violin player Matthijs Van Dijk, who
wrote an epic soundtrack for string quintet (whilst still studying music at UCT)
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