Elliott Wheeler is a Sydney based composer, producer and founder of Turning Studios. Classically trained, he studied composition and brass studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Philosophy at Sydney University. Since then, he has worked continuously as a screen composer and producer across a broad spectrum of genres from studio releases to film, documentary, commercials, and theatre.
For the last year he has been working on the soundtrack for Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, collaborating on material from all of the film’s artists, from Jay Z, Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, will.i.am, Bryan Ferry and his Jazz Orchestra, Emile Sande and Kid Koala, Fergie, Q Tip and Goon Rock, as well as providing original additional music for the film. Wheeler’s currently working on the soundtrack for the new George Miller Mad Max film, “Fury Road”, as well as Rob Conolly’s adaption of Tim Winton’s “The Turning” – a collection of eighteen short films directed by diverse range of artists and directors including Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska, among others.
In 2011, Elliott produced and arranged the “Ship Song Project” for the Sydney Opera House, taking Nick Cave’s iconic torch song and filtering it through the lens of some of the most iconic artists and ensembles to perform at the House, from Neil Finn, Martha Wainright, Daniel Johns, and Temper Trap, through to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Australia.
As well as his filmwork, 2013 sees the worldwide release of his debut studio album, “The Long Time” which features Wheeler along with a succession of veiled muses – hand-picked from his extensive work with the best Australian singers in jazz, neo folk, indie rock – adding to the mystique and sense of theatre that sits at the core of the album. Each track on the album takes it’s inspiration from one of Wheeler’s favourite scenes from his most loved films of the 60′s and 70′s. “The Long Time” is due for release soon.