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Westheimer, Cody Biography




biography of Westheimer, Cody

Cody Daniel Westheimer
29 March 1979, Santa Barbara, California, USA
6' 4"
Cody Westheimer is a noted film and television composer. A magna cum laude graduate of the music composition program at USC's Thornton School of Music, his gift for thematic writing and creative instrument choices has made him a sought after composer for both studio and independent projects. The Los Angeles resident runs New West Studios, Inc. with his wife, composer Julia Newmann, and has composed compelling scores for dozens of dramatic features, documentaries, TV shows, and video games. In 2011, Westheimer penned a new Hollywood inspired theme for the Tour de France, which airs every July on NBC. Earlier this year his new theme for Major League Soccer (MLS) was also debuted on NBC and NBC Sports. Finally, Cody's music was selected for numerous features which aired in primetime during the London Olympic Games. On the film side, in 2010 he scored the award winning independent feature "Conception." The film was directed by noted television writer Josh Stolberg and starred Julie Bowen, David Arquette and Sarah Hyland. Marrying his love of nature and music, Cody has had the privilege to score such projects as "The Mono Lake Story," "True Wolf," and "How I Became an Elephant." Other notable credits include the music for TLC's "Little People, Big World" and the theatrical film trailer for Neil Labute's "The Wicker Man." Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Westheimer's first orchestral work was performed by the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1997 as a senior in high school. Years later in 2009 Westheimer was commissioned by the Santa Barbara Symphony to compose "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" (based on the John Lithgow book). His piece was premiered by the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2010, with a repeat, encore performance in 2011. In 2002, upon graduation from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Westheimer was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Award for his orchestral work, "Bamboo Leaves," featuring the Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and orchestra. Among his other musical accomplishments and accolades Westheimer was selected as a participant for the prestigious ASCAP Filmscoring Workshop in 2001, and was chosen as a finalist for the Young Film Composer's Competition, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies in 2004. Meanwhile, his orchestral score to the 2005 short animated film "Smile" was awarded Double Gold Medals at the Park City Film Music Festival, and his overture for Sega's "The Golden Compass Game" was nominated by the Game Audio Network Guild for "Track of the Year." In 2008 Westheimer moonlit as a filmmaker with his award-winning documentary, "Running for my Father." The documentary followed Westheimer as he trained for the Houston Marathon in honor of his father, Dr. Eric Westheimer who died of a brain tumor in 2007. Westheimer recently completed the Ironman World Championships on October 8, 2011 in Kona, Hawaii. His video account of the day hit the internet by storm, with nearly 20,000 views in the first week. He credits his training sessions in providing inspiration to the scoring process. And while Westheimer composes mostly on keyboards, he is known for incorporating his vast collection of rare and interesting musical instruments. His recent work in independent cinema has also reacquainted him with his love for the guitar, prompting an exploration in eclectic rock sounds and other modern pop styles. Other than writing and playing music Westheimer enjoys nature photography, home improvement and playing with his dog, Henry.
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-   'Julia Newmann' (qv) (24 September 2006 - present)


-   Had his first orchestral work premiered by the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.

-   Scored a record 40 student films at USC during his 4 year stay.

-   Began studying the Japanese Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in 1998.

-   Performed the prestigious Ralph Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony at age 17.

-   Completed three marathons in 2008 - all in memory of his father.

-   Completed the Ironman Triathlon in June, 2010. A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 marathon run in Nice, France, Cody finished in a time of 13 hours 53 minutes.

-   Completed the 2011 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and documented his race with a GoPro camera.

-   Completed the "grand daddy" of triathlons - the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 8, 2011.


-   "Bamboo Leaves" for shakuhachi and orchestra premiered by the USC Symphony in 2001 and recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Award

-   "The Birdhouse Factory" A Theatrical Circus presented by The Pickle Family Circus at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Franscisco in 2004.

-   "Shashinchou" a musical piece for flute and cello synchronized to a slide show highlighting Westheimer's critically acclaimed nature photography.

-   National Parks Roadtrip - CurrenTV Short - Writer/Director/Editor/Composer

-   No On Prop 8 - Political PSA - Editing and Music

-   San Francisco Oil Spill: A Preventable Tragedy PSA - Music and Additional Editing

-   (2011) Composer of the Tour de France on NBC/Versus


-   (2004) Now resides in Los Angeles, where he composes for film/tv and concert.

-   (May 2001) Moved to West Los Angeles after graduating USC's Thornton School Music Magna Cum Laude.

-   (August 1997) Moved to downtown Los Angeles, to study music composition and film at USC.

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Composed music

  1. Running for Jim (2013)
  2. Daylight Come (2013)
  3. Drones (2013)
  4. Radioman (2012)
  5. Ninah's Dowry (2012)
  6. Detention of the Dead (2012)
  7. One Small Hitch (2012)
  8. Among Friends (2012)
  9. How I Became an Elephant (2012)
  10. The Mono Lake Story (2011) (V)
  11. The Wilmington Incident (2011)
  12. Silver Case (2011)
  13. Working with Fire (2011)
  14. Small Timers (2011) (original score music)
  15. Blink (2011/III)
  16. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Amy Takes Manhattan (#1.9)}
  17. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Ernie Remembered (#1.4)}
  18. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Judith and Dianne (#1.7)}
  19. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {L.A. to N.Y. (#1.10)}
  20. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Private First Class Jimmy (#1.8)}
  21. Conception (2011)
  22. Nashville Rises (2011) (music by)
  23. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Rachel (#1.6)}
  24. Nice Guys Finish Last (2011)
  25. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Ryan Departs LA (#1.1)}
  26. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {The Twin Brothers (#1.3)}
  27. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Young Carlos Goes to Utah (#1.2)}
  28. "Take a Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America" (2011) {Your a Good Man Kelly Lane (#1.5)}
  29. Duck! (A Duckumentary) (2011)
  30. Peak to Peak (2011) (V)
  31. Finding Jenua (2011)
  32. The Need to Move (2010) (V)
  33. The Wrath of Cain (2010)
  34. Tracking Patagonia (2010)
  35. Seize (2010)
  36. Spinning Southward (2010)
  37. "Southern Haunts" (2005) {Ghosts of New Orleans}
  38. Cherry. (2010)
  39. Crossroads (2010/I) (V)
  40. Hysteria (2010/I)
  41. BigTime (2010)
  42. "Post Apocalyptic Pizza" (2009)
  43. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {I Do, Chris & John! Part I (#3.6)}
  44. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {I Do, Chris & John! Part II (#3.7)}
  45. Puzzle Vision (2009) {{SUSPENDED}}
  46. Redemption (2009/I)
  47. Rowing the Atlantic (2009) (V)
  48. The Spam Job (2009)
  49. Running for My Father (2009)
  50. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Find Me a Find, Catch Me a Catch! Part I (#3.1)}
  51. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Find Me a Find, Catch Me a Catch! Part II (#3.2)}
  52. Tapestries of Hope (2009)
  53. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Unhaunt My House! (#3.4)}
  54. Jue ming pai dui (2009)
  55. Just a Little Game (2009)
  56. Logue, Inc. (2009)
  57. Chinango (2009)
  58. Music City (2009)
  59. "Halloween Superstar" (2009) {Fixin' to Thrill! (#1.2)}
  60. "Halloween Superstar" (2009) {I'm Callin' the Cops! (#1.3)}
  61. "Halloween Superstar" (2009) {Ready, Set, Boo! (#1.1)}
  62. P.S.A (2009)
  63. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Adventure (#1.9)}
  64. Pawn (2009)
  65. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Combat (#1.5)}
  66. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Communication (#1.6)}
  67. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Habitat (#1.7)}
  68. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Immortality (#1.8)}
  69. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Play (#1.2)}
  70. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {I Want My Dog! (#3.5)}
  71. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Pleasure (#1.10)}
  72. Gemini Max & the Glowing Goddess (2009)
  73. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Security (#1.4)}
  74. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Sex (#1.3)}
  75. Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (2009)
  76. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Run My Resort! (#3.3)}
  77. "Popular Science's Future of" (2009) {Superhumans (#1.1)}
  78. The Lawn Boy (2008) (V)
  79. Sanctuary (2008/I)
  80. Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days (2008)
  81. Sink Faze (2008)
  82. The Bell Witch Legend (2008)
  83. Jellyfish Niche (2008)
  84. Broken Path (2008)
  85. Eastern State: Living Behind the Walls (2008)
  86. Phil Baxter: Professional Internet Gambler (2008) (V)
  87. Pond Hockey (2008)
  88. I Heart Veronica Martin (2008)
  89. "Fat Guy Stuck in Internet" (2007)
  90. The Worm and the Egg (2007) (V)
  91. Waves an Elegy (2007)
  92. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Find Me a Fag! (#2.1)}
  93. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Get Me Engaged! (#2.4)}
  94. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Show Me More! (#1.7)}
  95. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Slim Down My Waistline! (#2.3)}
  96. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Watch My Kids! (#2.2)}
  97. "Southern Haunts" (2005) {Ghosts of the Low Country (#1.3)}
  98. Lovely (2007)
  99. FEMA City (2007)
  100. Pirates of the Caribbean Online (2007) (VG)
  101. Free to a Good Home (2007) {{SUSPENDED}}
  102. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Make Me a Queen! (#2.5)}
  103. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Make Me a Star! (#1.6)}
  104. Puppet Planet: A Very New York Christmas (2006) (TV)
  105. The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton (2006)
  106. The Runner: Extreme Ultrarunner David Horton (2006)
  107. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Chris & John Rescue Christmas! (#1.5)}
  108. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Find Me a Match! (#1.2)}
  109. The $100,000 Pyramid DVD Game (2006) (VG)
  110. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Gay Me Over! (#1.1)}
  111. "Southern Haunts" (2005) {(#1.2)}
  112. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Write My Article! (#1.4)}
  113. Cattle Call (2006)
  114. Lowballers (2006)
  115. "Chris & John to the Rescue!" (2006) {Save My Pride! (#1.3)}
  116. The Good Part (2005)
  117. The Hand Job (2005)
  118. The Housewife (2005/I)
  119. Premonitions (2005)
  120. Second Thoughts (2005)
  121. What's Bugging Seth (2005)
  122. Smile (2005/II)
  123. "Southern Haunts" (2005) {(#1.1)}
  124. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {Erie, PA (#1.1)}
  125. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {London Pride (#1.2)}
  126. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {Ottawa (#1.5)}
  127. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {The Cedars (#1.3)}
  128. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {The Trek (#1.4)}
  129. "Chris & John's Road Trip!" (2005) {[Weddings] Kingston (#1.6)}
  130. Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy (2005) (V)
  131. Rush Night (2004)
  132. SkyWalker: The David Thompson Story (2004) (TV)
  133. Blue Yonder Ranch (2004)
  134. Life After (2004/II)
  135. Freedom Park (2004)
  136. 'Hellboy': The Seeds of Creation (2004) (V)
  137. One Door Down (2003)
  138. The Trial (2002)
  139. School Colors (2002) (TV)
  140. Into the Flames (2002)
  141. Bratz (2002) (VG)
  142. Casablanca (2002)
  143. Falling. In Love (2002)
  144. Coming Home (2000)
  145. The Rules of Etiquette (1999)
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