Adam Peters is a British composer and musician whose works include the 2018 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature “Icarus” as well as “Snowden,” “Savages,” “Oliver Stone’s Untold History Of The United States,” “Paddington,” and albums “Ocean Rain” ( Echo And The Bunnymen ) and “Daybreaker” (Beth Orton). Bryan Fogel’s upcoming feature documentary “The Dissident” will premiere at Sundance in 2020 featuring Adam’s score.
Adam’s film music is known for his its wide variety of sound and emotions, combining orchestral writing with analogue electronics and electric cello.
Originally a cellist and keyboard player he began his musical journey playing with the band Echo And The Bunnymen. Their album “Ocean Rain” is considered to be one of the top twenty most influential British albums of all time. Mixing orchestral arrangements, multi tracked cello and electronics, Adam further developed his writing and arranging with bands in London and New York. Much sought after as a musician, Adam became a crucial part of the UK music scene while still in his teens. He played keyboards and cello with bands as diverse as The Triffids, The Flowerpot Men, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Mercury Rev, The Dream Academy and Beth Orton.
After this came a full time move to the USA where the creative community embraced his unique sensibility and flair at writing music to picture. Oliver Stone was the first to recognize his talents and their partnership spans several years, 2 feature movies, two documentaries and a 10-part TV series. Adam also worked extensively on projects such as “Paddington”, “Spider Man,” “Rango,” “Crazy Stupid Love” and “I Love You, Phillip Morris”. These movies have enabled Adam to showcase his diverse talents, from left field electronics to full orchestral writing. His modernist and classical scores for the two Iraq War movies, “Sand Castle” and “The Yellow Birds”, have received much praise for their original voice.
This last year saw the 30th anniversary of “Beat City”, one of the first songs Adam wrote as a teenager, which featured in the classic John Hughes teen movie, 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”