People

Sein boasts a team of highly experienced expert creatives, technicians, and managers to take care of even the most complex of projects, from its inception through to its final delivery.

Arthur Feder

Arthur Feder

Composer

Arthur Feder holds an MMus in Composition (with a focus on orchestration) cum laude from Stellenbosch University. He is particularly passionate about composition, pedagogy, and the promotion of new music, and as part of the managerial team for the student initiative KOMPOS, he assisted in premiéring more than 80 orchestral and chamber works. Currently, Arthur lectures in Music Theory and Composition at Stellenbosch University.

As a composer, Arthur’s multifaceted output includes work in  jazz, film, mixed media and art music idioms, and he regularly receives commissions from leading ensembles and organisations in South Africa and abroad.  Arthur’s film scores range from feature length to short films, animations and documentary series. Together with his colleague, Arthur manages an annual collaboration with The Animation School in Cape Town that involves students from the Music Technology and Composition programs to produce scores for animated short films. Since 2014, this collaboration has produced over 20 national and international awards.

 

Jesse Dreyer

Jesse Dreyer

Production Manager

Jesse Dreyer is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and production manager, small and portable for your convenience. She is ready to undertake any challenge, be it rock-climbing, mixed martial arts or composing music for your film. Her versatility and dynamic skill set help her to navigate the fast-paced worlds of film, television and music she is passionate about. She believes that creative industries require innovative thinkers with creative solutions.

Based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Jesse has a Bachelor’s degree in Music, cum laude, and is currently busy with her Master’s degree in composition under the guidance of Dr Gerhard Roux and Dr Philip Antoni Schonken.  She has received master classes from nearly every major composer in her country.

Jesse enjoys a vibrant performance career both in South Africa and abroad, and is regularly involved in collaborative projects with The Animation School in Cape Town; one of her projects won a Gold World Medal at the 2017 New York Festival, and recently also a SAFTA. She served as music production manager for an International Wildlife Film Festivalaward-winning documentary in 2017 and is regularly involved in the organization of contemporary music concerts.

Excellence, reliability and friendliness are the qualities Jesse prides herself in, carrying out all her tasks with efficiency and finesse.

Aret Lambrechts

Aret Lambrechts

Recording technician

Aret is one of the younger members of the SEIN group, an undergraduate musician at Stellenbosch University, and an award winning and nominated sound engineer with experience in film and animation, voice-over, recording engineer and sound design. Recently she played key roles in films and animation projects that received awards at the New York Film and Television Awards, the International Wildlife Film Festival, South African Film and Television Awards and the South African Silver Screen Festival.

As a sound designer, Aret has taken part in various animations and short films. Her passion lies in excellence, and she believes in unlocking the synergy between art and business. When acting as engineer, Aret approaches her work with the outlook of improving processes and making the clients vision into a reality. Aret’s CV includes an impressive list of projects, including Arid, Aurora, Heen en weer, Hollywood in My Huis, Vaselientjie and Rooted. Aret also takes a strong interest in academics, taking leadership of undergraduate tutorials in Music Technology at Stellenbosch University. Side projects provide experience and depth of character, and are an important part of Aret’s work.

Gerhard Roux

Gerhard Roux

Systems Designer

Gerhard Roux is an audio recordist from Stellenbosch, South Africa, and a voting member of the Recording Academy for the Grammy Awards.

Gerhard has worked with the three-time Grammy Award winning group Ladismith Blach Mambazo, Grammy Award winning band Switchfoot, as well as Oscar winning composer Trevor Jones (Last of the Mohicans, Notting Hill, Mississippi Burning). Gerhard’s productions have received 16 SAMA nominations, Un certain Regard selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (“German Record Critics’ Award”), an Annie Award for the film Zambezia, SAFTAS for the films Noem My Skollie and Khumba as well as appearing in the Grammy Awards submission list multiple times.

Gerhard specialises in natural acoustic recording of classical music, surround recording, mixing of film scores, and lectures music Technology at Stellenbosch University. His research focuses primarily on managing the complex adaptive nature of audio production systems, with a special focus on socio-technical interface in creative environments.

Antoni Schonken

Antoni Schonken

Composer

Antoni Schonken is a musical problem solver, an award winning composer of art and film music, and a part-time lecturer in composition and orchestration at Stellenbosch University.

As an academic, Antoni has received an impressive list of over 40 scholarships and study grants, and as a creative he has attended the world’s oldest and most prestigious residencies. Antoni has produced soundtracks for various film projects, of which 12 have won awards at the South African Film and Television Awards, New York Film and Television Festival, Cape Town International Animation Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival, the 48 Hour Film Festival, and the Filmpalooza held in Paris. His work has screened at Annecy and Cannes Festivals. Commissions by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Camerata, Unheardof//Ensemble, Juliet Quartet, Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, GrassRoots Festival, and Sinfonia Gaia have allowed Antoni to travel and teach abroad in Europe and the USA.

Antoni holds four degrees in music, including a doctorate in composition/orchestration. Coupled with his extensive experience in orchestral writing and sampling, as well as 20 years of choral singing and conducting, he is a formidable and versatile film music composer and producer.

 

Stefan du Toit

Stefan du Toit

Director

Stefan holds a CA(SA) qualification and completed his Honours degree in B. Acc at Stellenbosch University in 1999. Throughout his career he has gravitated toward growth and innovation and has local and international experience.

His experience includes growth management at a NASDAQ listed company in the USA, turnaround and business management consulting, founding a company in SA focused on developing energy efficient products, energy hedging in Southern Africa, gearing up the international footprint of a SA media startup (into Europe, Asia, North and South America) and even taking some time after the financial crash to kitesurf his way through South America.

He is passionate about continuous learning and his focus and Innovus is the commercialisation of various assets at Stellenbosch University, as well technologies and intellectual property resulting from university activities.