Martin & Peter Wesley-Smith


Born and educated in Adelaide, Martin Wesley-Smith AM is an iconoclast, satirist, humorist, political activist and a leading composer who was an early exponent of electronic music. His identical twin brother Peter is an ex-Professor of Constitutional Law who collaborates with Martin by providing lyrics and libretti for his brother’s vocal compositions. They both live on a farm in a beautiful corner of the Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales.

Audio Extracts

Martin

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Singing around the piano as a family

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Learning harmony through singing

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Attraction to electronic music

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Combining a musical life with political activism

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His father’s response to his activism

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Work comes from life experience

Peter

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Their working method together

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Discussion of politically motivated art

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Rejection of notion of political art as propaganda