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



Singing around the piano as a family


Learning harmony through singing


Attraction to electronic music


Combining a musical life with political activism


His father’s response to his activism


Work comes from life experience



Their working method together


Discussion of politically motivated art


Rejection of notion of political art as propaganda