Film scores

Un Chien Andalou

Duration: c. 17'00"

A Season in Paradise

Fragments of the film score for an unrealised film project based on the book by Breyten Breytenbach


Music: Tombeau de Mosoeu Moerane (2011) and String Quartet No 1: Second Movement (2001) - extract
A film by Christo Doherty and Aryan Kaganof
Duration: 17'00"


First performance: Saturday 12 September 2015; South Africa; Darius Klišys birbyneperformance details.

Finney's Ghost

Feature film directed by David Fox
Music "French Suite - First Dance" played by Sally Rose (piano)

The Furiosus

Music for documentary film directed by Liza Key


First showing: 1999, SABC


Commissioned by the National Arts Festival
Live score for the 1929 silent film by Gustav Machaty
Parts on hire
Duration: 87'00"


First performance: Saturday 8 July 2000; South Africa; Michael Blake Ensembleperformance details.

Bethlehem Reborn

Music for documentary film directed by Msizi Kuhlane

The Man Who Knows Too Much

Music for documentary film directed by Liza Key


First showing: 2003, SABC

At Land

Dedicated to Trevor Steele Taylor
Commissioned by National Arts Festival for "Mirroring Maya Deren" project
Live score for the 1944 silent film by Maya Deren
Parts on hire
Duration: 15'00"


First performance: Wednesday 2 July 2003; South Africa; Marcus Wyatt flugelhorn, Carlo Mombelli electric bass, Michael Blake piano, Helen Hacksley celloperformance details.

Programme note

One of the details that caught my eye when I first watched Maya Deren's At Land was the cameo appearance by (a very young) John Cage, who seemed to change from someone and back into someone else a short way into the film. The cutting from Deren to this character and back somehow cunningly masks the change of actor. In this spirit I appropriated some very spare material from a piano piece I wrote in 2002 and set about continually changing it into other versions of itself, trying not to make the changes too obvious.

The music was commissioned by the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa for the Mirroring Maya Deren project presented as part of the film programme. The first performance was given on 2 July 2003 in Nombulelo Hall, Grahamstown and the music was played live by Marcus Wyatt (flugelhorn), Carlo Mombelli (fretless bass), Michael Blake (piano) and others. Mirroring Maya Deren, with scores by Jurgen Brauninger and Carlo Mombelli for two of Deren's other silent films, was devised by Trevor Steele Taylor, to whom my score is dedicated.

SMS Sugar Man

Feature film directed by Aryan Kaganof
Music played by the Michael Blake Ensemble


First showing: 2008, London
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