Sean is a South African born sound artist, musician, composer and performer. He grew up in Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Pretoria. His creative life began when he was introduced to the music of South African singer, Anneli van Rooyen. In 1987 he picked up the guitar for the first time and formally lead him into the music world. He started writing his own songs and composing for piano during his high school years in the late 1990’s. Sean was heavily influenced by the South African music industry during his formative years. His love for the stage was inspired by the Afrikaans and English authors and poets, Ingrid Jonker, C.J. Langenhoven, Shakespeare and Robert Frost. His love for telling stories, sharing his life experiences and shaping a piece of music has always, in some way, been shaped by his family travels throughout the Cape Province, Karoo and other remote locations along the South African coast, especially the west coast.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance and Bachelor of Music – Honours in Music and Emotion. He is currently waiting for the result of his recently submitted PhD thesis in Music Analysis at Western Sydney University, Australia. He was part of the DiG Maker Space 2019 residency in collaboration with the Penrith City Council, NSW, Australia, together with a team of creatives who were mentored by producer and director Andy Nehl. He is currently creating soundscapes and soundtracks that are suited to film and television projects. Sean works with sound, silence and that which we cannot reach physically or aurally beyond earth’s borders. He carefully places sound objects in his music which makes every piece an immersive experience for the listener. Sean has a passion for everything creative. He loves getting lost in a good story and understanding how connection is created in a story arch. His ability to critique and create connections is eccentric and provocative at times. It explains why he is currently working towards having his music placed in feature films and other multimedia platforms. Sean is an advocate for the LGBTQI+ community, better health, wellbeing, the creative arts and alternative listening practices in today’s society and to making the world a kinder place for generations to come.
Reale Film Festival
February 2021 – Best Soundtrack
Short Film: Fù (2018)
Directed & Produced by Matthew McCracken
Sexy Rabbit Productions
Soundtrack/Music: H.S. Botha