Musician, producer and artist Peter Westheimer lives in Northern NSW Australia.
Seven albums [4 CDs and 3 Vinyl LPs], one vinyl EP, and four digital collections [volumes 1-4] of original music. World wide distribution via CD baby.
His music spans many genres - world, electronica, chill, ethno-ambient, dance, new wave, neo classical, synth-pop, reggae and rock – mainly instrumentals, some songs & lyrics.
Soundtracks for feature films, television documentaries, installations & multimedia.
In 2012 he showcased the album Tranzworld Express with multimedia performances at Splendour in the Grass, one of Australia’s largest music festivals, and was also awarded Best Australian Independent Music Video of the year for the opening track Change Now.
Fans describe his music as cool and clear, intertwining musical textures and rhythms, quirky and inventive, warm and inviting, exciting and intriguing.
An actor, co-writer and co-director for cutting edge theatre groups in Melbourne 1970s.
Peter’s music, videos, and paintings continue to evolve out of the adventure and fun of creative exploration.
At age 18 he was a violinist in the Australian Youth Orchestra and leader of the Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra.
Later, he moved into contemporary music in a new wave band, composing & producing multi-track recordings and screen composition.
Positive personal, environmental and political change have always been integral to Peter’s life and work.
From 2004 - 2008 he ventured into local politics as an independent Councillor and became Deputy Mayor of Byron Shire. He continues to be actively involved in forest restoration & biodiversity and renewable energy planning.
His creative career has also paralleled work as a holistic medical doctor.
To Peter, music and video are agents of joy and change - playful, bold, surreal, textural, spiritual, political & humorous - inspired by creativity in music, film, art, ideas, design, people and nature.
Peter views music video as a contemporary art form linking his own compositions and videos.
A mix of the abstract & real with the starting point being the visuals or the music & sometimes only a vaguely hinted-at narrative.
Created and produced over thirty music videos encapsulating varied & bold interplays between music and visuals with neither entirely beholden to each other and often shot in iconic locations.
Change Now won Best Music Video of the Year and Best Electronic/Dance/Techno video at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards 2012.
Move, an animation clip set to Peter’s music, was acclaimed as one of the ten best Australian clips of 1985. That early success encouraged him to continue to conceive and create a prolific body of work throughout his career.
Peter's work is suited to being presented as a video installation at festivals, music events and galleries with performance possibilities.
The award winning music and videos are featured throughout the website.
'Laminex Lovers' 1982 4 track Vinyl EP, first recording release, still receiving acclaim as one of Australia's cutting edge synth pop records.
'Move' 1985 Vinyl Album - video clip ‘Move’ acclaimed as a top 10 video.
‘Sooner Than Laughter’ 1986 Vinyl Album - video clip “State of Summer”.
'Transition' 1992 CD Album - video clip – ‘Big Living’.
'Balance ' 1994 CD Album - released in Australia, Japan and the USA
'Music Sculptures' 2004 CD Album - 50 track, 75 minute multi genre journey of selected 1982 - 2003 works with mood & instrumentation notes.
'Tranzworld Express' 2011 CD & web album - video clip for each track, new international music - edgy, lively electronic dance music and global sounds with laid back and trance like feels - inspirational and even disquieting.
'Cool Change' 2017 International Vinyl 12 track [6 previously unreleased] compilation released by Melbourne label Left Ear Records [covering 1982-1993].
Piccadilly Records: review of ‘Cool Change’ Album.
Release of Europa 16 – ten short music videos from a Europe & Iceland tour.
Release of ‘Cool Change’, a vinyl LP compilation of 80’s to early 90’s tracks.
Release of six video clips ‘Miracles Happen’, 'Band Together’, ’Warm Dreaming’, ‘You & Me’, 'Cadaghi Dreaming', 'Personality Change'.
Series of new paintings, ABC radio album of the month.
‘Change Now’ - Best Music Video of the Year and Best Electronic/Dance/Techno - Australian Independent Music Video Awards for 2012, Canberra.
'Tranzworld Express’ multimedia CD launch Byron Bay.
Splendour In the Grass' International Music festival - Byron Bay, Australia
– 2 performances of ‘Tranzworld Express’ album show - music/video/theatre/vocals/ social commentary/masks/costumes.
Winner best electronic music for ‘Peacedance’ - North Coast Entertainment Industry Dolphin awards & performance, Lismore Starcourt theatre.
Best music video Byron Bay Film Festival for ‘Tranzworld Express’ clip.
International release of 6th album ‘Tranzworld Express’ featuring ten music videos, one for each track.
First performances of ‘Tranzworld Express’ show at Sydney Fringe Festival, NORPA Lismore NSW & Bar Luna Ubud, Bali
Semifinalist : International songwriting competition Nashville for ‘Karma than Chaos’
Australian Songwriters Association Instrumental of the Year- 10th place for ‘Dancing Hearts Orchestra’.
Radio National ABC programs “Roots & All”, “Rhythm Divine”, “Sound quality”. Album of the week ABC North Coast, Album of the month RTRFM Perth.
Soundtrack for ‘Northern Rivers Foodlinks' corporate documentary. Video of the month [October] Skope TV
Finalist, Electronic Dance, Chill & Ambient category - Dolphin Awards, North Coast Entertainment Industry Association
Documentary soundtracks for 'Threaded Connections' and 'The Life World', ABC National TV Australia
Politics: Deputy Mayor [2005-2006] & elected councillor - Byron Shire Council- focus on biodiversity, cultural development, transport & renewable energy
Screenworks Northern NSW – Board member and deputy Chair.
5th Album - 'Music Sculptures' 50 track compilation of tracks 1982–2003
'Balance' Album released on CD internationally
Soundtrack music for documentary - 'The Last Whale' - Olivia Newton John narration, screened at the UN & International Whaling Commission Mexico
Musical Director - multimedia event 'Cyberspace', Epicentre, Byron Bay, Australia
Documentary soundtrack - 'Behind The Mask' [Indonesia] - by Paul Lockyer for Channel 9 Australia
Documentary soundtrack - 'Centennial Park' [underground] Reservoir - H2O Productions
Features in ‘The Power & the Passion’ – a guide to the Australian Music Industry - home studios
'Transition' Album released on CD with clip for ‘Big Living’
Album launch exhibition & CD sleeve features personal paintings for each album track. These featured in the American publication 'Musicians as Artists' with 52 others including John Lennon, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Yoko Ono and David Bowie
Extensive airplay of album on television, radio and Qantas airlines
Installation soundtrack 'Metaphors for Memory' with artist Lucille Martin exhibited in Sydney & Perth
Documentary soundtrack 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' - ABC national television Australia
Documentary soundtrack 'Kids in the Melting Pot' - SBS national television Australia
TV Documentary ‘When Friends were Enemies' – Australian Film Institute award nomination - UN peace award finalist New York Film & TV Festival
Short film/documentary 'Freshwater' – major award United Nations Association Australia
Television commercials Perth Western Australia
Perth Festival multimedia installation at Lawrence Wilson Gallery [Uni of WA] - 'Myopia' soundtrack & content highlighting major environmental themes
Documentaries 'Mythos and 'Old Songs in a New Land' [finalist New York International film and TV Festival] – SBS television
Documentary series theme ‘Breakthrough' – Film Australia
Documentary soundtrack 'A Hand in the Dark' - SBS television
Soundtrack for installation 'Origins’ [a multicultural Australia] with artist Lucille Martin - Sydney & Perth
Composed the musical score for two feature films: 'Kadaicha' and 'Out of the Body'
Committee member [4years] AGSC- Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Documentary soundtrack three-part series – 'A Change of Face' – SBS national television
Short drama 'Silk Dreams' SBS TV Sydney
'Sooner than Laughter' 2nd record album release [vinyl]– with guest artist Zoe Carides.
Video clip and vinyl single –'State of Summer'
'One Room to Let' soundtrack – SBS television
First record album release – 'Move'
Video clip for 'Move' track - award of Merit Australian Video Festival Sydney and acclaimed as one of the ten best Australian clips of the year
'Chunk' - Composition & coproduction of film and soundtrack album for band 'Cut the Cheese' – AFI Australian Film Institute award nomination.
Composer in residence - Australian Playwrights Conference Canberra for writer/director Peter Carey [Booker prize winner] and Mike Mullins.
'Laminex Lovers' - 1st record release - vinyl 4 track EP [self produced] - extensive airplay on Radio JJJ nationwide and charted highly on independent radio
First screen composer music credit for Film Australia documentary 'Pictures that Post'
1977 - 1982
Keyboardist, guitarist, vocals with new wave band 'Sodavision' Melbourne
Overseas travel,cross experimentation with modern, classical and Asian music.
Audio production course at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Tai Chi & cultural/spiritual studies – Java, Indonesia
Sitar - Indian music studies and performance
Member of the Portable Players 6 person theatre/musician group funded by the Australia Council and the Metalworkers Union.
Completed a Medical degree at Melbourne University
Overland travel from Australia through Asia to Europe travelling through 21 countries
Actor/musician for theatre, street theatre, film and television Melbourne Australia
Violinist - Australian Youth Orchestra
Leader - Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra
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