Wayne Simpson is a South African composer who specializes in film music and electronic music composition. After completing a B.Mus performance degree in classical guitar he continued with a M.Mus (composition) under Peter-Louis van Dijk.
In 2012 a group of visual artists under supervision of Flemish artist Ephameron toured the Western Cape, producing work in different locations. For the project Wayne composed electronically produced soundscapes based on graphic scores he created at these locations. The scores and compositions were exhibited at the Villa-Nova Festival in Antwerp in 2012. The following year he was invited to participate in the festival and created an interactive sound installation for the event.
In 2014 his String Quartet no.1 was premiered at the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg by the Paz Consort. The string quartet was commissioned by Holocaust survivors who settled in South Africa and the evening commemorated the lives lost during the war.
Wayne also participated in a composers’ workshop at the Goethe Institute in 2015 where he worked with poet Sthembiso Kwela. He composed a series of short pieces based on Kwela’s poems and the composition was premiered at the Mozart Festival in January 2016.
Since 2013 he has composed original scores for numerous online ads and short documentaries. Finding Freedom – Life after a life sentence is his first feature length score.