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A short history...

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Peter’s earliest introduction to music was via radio, Saturday morning video clips and his mums collection of classical and opera records. Initially inspired by the bright colours and soundscapes of 1960s British pop and psychedelia, he experimented with several musical instruments before settling on guitar and soon taught himself bass, drums and piano. He received a Teac 3340S four-track reel to reel tape recorder for his eighteenth birthday and was soon experimenting with varispeed and turning the tape backwards, creating psych-infused pop soundscapes and recording demos for friends.

After a period as home-based studio musician, Peter served his apprenticeship as lead guitarist for Adelaide pop outfit Primitive Painters (1987-90), releasing the Sea Of Art album through Greasy Pop/Festival Records in 1990, touring Sydney and Melbourne in the same year. He went on to collaborate with ex-Painter Greg Vincent in the darker, more experimental electro-pop of Puppethead (1991-2003), releasing two albums, Lizardland and Breathe through German label Zuma. Peter relocated to Melbourne in '96 briefly playing drums and bass in Matt Daltons' The Bright Electric and then moved to Sydney in '98, where he formed the power pop Resounder (1999-2000) with singer Pat Loughry and ex-Ratcat bass player Amr Zaid, as well as playing drums in Zaid's outfit, Ampersand.

Peter promoted Puppethead in the U.S. and U.K. in 2000 and upon returning to Sydney in 2001 teamed up with Resounder drummer Rene Arriagada and bass player Jo Herbert to form the avant-pop Bümbüm (2001-2003), amusing Sydney audiences with an oddball approach to indie rock, eastern tonalities and electronic toys. Bümbüm would eventually headline at the Annandale Hotel, but due to internal differences disbanded in 2003. Peter relocated to the Blue Mountains to regroup and soon rediscovered his love of vocal harmony, joining the infamous mens a capella ensemble the Spooky Men's Chorale (2004-) of which he is still a performing member.

In early 2004 he committed a backlog of songs to tape at Megaphon Studios in Sydney and with the help of ex- Painters drummer friend Andy Przygonski and engineer Steve Fieldhouse, finalised the album Midday Sun in 2006, mastered by the legendary Don Bartley. Midday Sun was released in mid 2007 to glowing reviews and the song Melody's Fate took out the Alternative Music prize at the Blue Mountains Music Awards later that year.

At present, he performs live with The Winstons, Paper Sun and the Spooky Men's Chorale and somehow manages to juggle a business, parental responsibilities and a PhD with music commitments.  In 2014 he completed a first class honours degree in Music at Western Sydney University, also taking out the university medal and is currently undertaking research into the aesthetic role of spatio-temporal suspension in popular music and visuals.

 

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