Composer David Downes defines the word multi-media. Often supplying images to play alongside his music, he has also written for orchestra, percussionists Strike and dance legend Michael Parmenter (Jerusalem). In 2000 Downes was a key collaborator on 50 minute long film A Small Life, which uses music to explore childhood and death. In 2004 he directed animated short Generation, which played in many international festivals.
David Downes' previous experience as composer for choreographers and videographer of dancers has strongly shaped the composition of the scenes, and their relationship to his complex, multi-layered soundtrack that mixes field recordings with instrumental music. Writer Lawrence McDonald on A Small Life, in the 2000 Wellington Film Festival Programme