The MAKABRA ENSEMBLE is the musical collaboration by members of TERMINATRYX (Paul & Sonja)
and LARK (Simon & Sean), plus violin genius Matthijs Van Dijk.
Conceived by Paul & Sonja in 2005, and born at the annual South African HORRORFEST, this musical force
creates new, original and diverse soundtracks to classic silent films, performing it live to the screen.
These have included:
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
Maciste In Hell
The Phantom Of The Opera
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Beyond this, special guests are occasionally 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.
The instruments utilized at these live performances include voice, electric guitars & bass, drums & percussion,
violin, keyboards, upright bass, various wind instruments, programming, theremin and more.
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Matthijs, Paul, Sonja, Sean, Simon
Pic by Ronnie Belcher
The great-grandfather of vampire movies, F.W. Murnau's timeless 1922 classic NOSFERATU has its 90th anniversary this year!
And what better way to celebrate it than with a Makabra Ensemble live performance?
Catch it on Halloween night at the 8th annual South African HORRORFEST.
This is also the Halloween dress-up night of the event with killer prizes.
Order the Nosferatu DVD here
M E T R O P O L I S
8pm, Tuesday 18 September 2012
@ Sound & Motion Studios' Creative Week
(Harrington Str, Cape Town)
German director Fritz Lang's ground-breaking Sci-Fi epic METROPOLIS (1924) had its Makabra Ensemble live soundtrack debut at the 2012 Celludroid Film Festival in June.
Visit the Sound & Motion site here www.soundandmotion.co.za/creativeweek for info on booking & rsvp (entry is free of charge but seats are limited!)
M E T R O P O L I S
9pm, Saturday 30 June 2012
@ Celludroid Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival
(Orange Str, Cape Town)
The Makabra Ensemble will debut its new soundtrack to the screening of Fritz Lang's legendary METROPOLIS at Celludroid Mach III, the 3rd annual Sci-Fi / Anime / Fantasy Film Festival (29 June - 5 July).
This performance at Celludroid will happen
Saturday 30 June, 9pm
@ The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
To book, call 021 424 5927
Event site: www.CELLUDROID.net
Celludroid Facebook Event Page
Live sound provided by
Point Blanc Event Tech Solution
Centre: Sonja Ruppersberg
Clockwise from top left: Simon Ratcliffe, Paul Blom, Matthijs Van Dijk, Sean Ou Tim
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As producers of this concept, Paul and Sonja are also an active and integral part in the creation and performance of these live soundtracks via their band TERMINATRYX, collaborating with musical friends, some becoming a fixture at each year’s HORRORFEST.
In 2009, the HORRORFEST infiltrated the Northern regions of South Africa for the very first time via this live soundtrack performance to NOSFERATU at the OPPI KOPPI music festival (in conjunction with the official launch of the “Terminatryx / Nosferatu” DVD, which contains the full feature film and its new soundtrack - as performed live at the South African HORRORFEST Film Festival, plus Terminatryx music videos, a look at the HorrorFest, photo galleries, a dark short film by Paul Blom & Sonja Ruppersberg > featuring a Terminatryx & F8 soundtrack entitled "imPERFECTION").
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 (2011). New studio album expected in 2013.
They’ve played across South Africa and at the Popkomm music industry convention in Berlin, Germany, and has opened for international acts like DIARY OF DREAMS, SHEEP ON DRUGS, VNV NATION, and SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK.
For live Terminatryx shows they are accompanied on stage by Patrick Davidson on guitar and Ronnie Belcher on drums (excluding the live soundtrack performances).
Paul & Sonja are the creators of the South African HORRORFEST-, X FEST-, SOUND ON SCREEN-, DARING DOCCIES-, CELLUDROID Film Festivals, and CINEMANIACS.
Paul is also a member of South African Metal Godfathers VOICE OF DESTRUCTION (V.O.D) since the late-‘80s, has a solo project entitled F8, and played for K.O.B.U.S. until early 2008.
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.
In 2005 Matthijs was nominated for a Kanna Award for his work with Karen Zoid at the KKNK.
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.
Fuzzy as been with Horrorfest since 2006, and his only regret is that he missed the first one!
TERMINATRYX / NOSFERATU
with a new
soundtrack as performed live at the 2006 South African HORRORFEST Film Festival screening,
by members of TERMINATRYX and very special guests. (This was before the project got the Makabra Ensemble title).
Additional material includes music videos, photo galleries, a short film and more.
The DVD cover is interchangable to feature either TERMINATRYX or NOSFERATU
order the DVD on-line at:
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all HORRORFEST & CELLUDROID 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.
(This was also performed at the Oppi Koppi music film festival on 8 August 2009)
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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.
click here for secure on-line orders
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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