4.23.2013 "How I Became an Elephant" has finally been released. Happy Earth Day!
4.12.2013 Cody writes a fun quirky tune for the 2013 Sonoma International Film Festival
4.1.2013 String and Guitar Sessions in Nashville for an upcoming 615 Music release.
3.20.2013 Fun, sexy Heads Up Poker theme for NBC begins airing.
3.15.2013 New heroic MLS theme for a cross promotion with GoArmy. View the Thierry Henry television promo.
3.10.2013 Julia and Cody add a Perzina Baby Grand piano to their instrument collection!
12.31.2012 Happy New Year from Cody Westheimer.
11.10.2012 Cody completes feature documentary "Running for Jim."
8.12.2012 Cody's music was a hit during the Olympics. View the highlights
7.28.2012 "The Duel" featured in a recent promo for NBC's Stars and Stripes
7.3.2012 Cody is featured in the August issue of Runner's World magazine. View the article!
7.1.2012 July news from Cody includeds his recent work on new feature Drones and the Tour de France. View the newsletter!
5.9.2012 Cody's new track "Running to Victory," gets its first big license as the theme music for the Giro d'Italia. The grand tour cycling event airs daily through May 21 on Universal Sports. View the intro here.
4.17.2012 Countdown to London, with theme music by Westheimer, begins airing Wednesdays on Universal Sports. View the intro here.
3.24.2012 The 2012 Solvang Double Century is in the books. Cody completes 200 miles on the bike in just over 14 hours.
3.6.2012 Cody composed the theme music for Major League Soccer (MLS) for NBC. View the epic main title theme here.
2.24.2012 Conception released on VOD. Click here to watch the trailer and film!
2.9.2012 Among Friends, a thriller/horror feature by Danielle Harris completed. View the teaser.
12.16.2011 Comedy Zombie feature Detention of the Dead completed. View the teaser.
11.14.2011 Cody has been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for his score to the The Mono Lake Story.
11.12.2011 Featured Interview with Cody at The Rising Hollywood.
10.22.2011 Cody's Ironman video, My Day In Kona: The 2011 Ironman World Championship lights up the web. Read the related interview "The Creative Cody Westheimer."
10.6.2011 Ironman.com features a story on Cody's Road to the Kona Ironman entitled "Doing Kona for Dad."
10.5.2011 Cody featured on the ASCAP Homepage.
10.1.2011 Feature documentary "How I Became An Elephant" completed.
9.24.2011 Cody honored by the Mono Lake Committee at the premiere of the "The Mono Lake Story" in Lee Vining, CA.
9.20.2011 Cody's case study on composing for nature and wildlife films is now published in print in the new book Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future
9.8.2011Cody completes John Burgess's new romantic comedy feature, "One Small Hitch."
8.29.2011New video interview with Cody: "Where Sports Meet Music."
8.22.2011The Tour Theme has been officially rebranded as the Versus Cyling Theme. Hear it this week on Versus at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. And download the theme as an iPhone ringtone!
7.27.2011Cody completed scoring of the Documentary feature True Wolf, directed by Rob Whitehair.
7.24.2011Congrats to Cadel Evans for winning the 2011 Tour de France! View the Final Montage/Credits which features Cody's Tour Epilogue track.
7.06.2011Main title for Le Tour de France a hit! See it here! or on NBC and Versus until July 24th.
5.23.2011Cherry adds the audience award at Charleston to its recent win at Beverly Hills.
4.25.2011Conception screening twice at the Newport Beach Festival.
3.20.2011SB Symphony again performs The Remarkable Farkle McBride, based on John Lithgow's book.
1.11.2011New West Studios Music Collection a hit! Fall in "TEMP LOVE"
9.20.2010Tapestries of Hope goes theatrical!
6.27.2010Cody finishes Ironman France in 13:53:42!
Over the last few years Cody has provided over 5 theme packages for NBC and the Universal Sports network. In addition, much of his music was chosen to score the many features airing nightly during the London Olympic Games. And let's not forget his theme for the New York Marathon's 2012 series "On the Run." Westheimer's signature sports sound is typically a blend of high powered Hollywood orchestral palettes with a energetic rock and roll twist!
Cody has scored nearly 40 independent feature films and documentaries over the last dozen years. From comedies and dramas to horror and action flicks, Cody's versatility and enthusiasm has made him a sought out composer for projects of all scopes and sizes.
To explore video clips from the menu above or click a poster to load a playlist!
In addition to his passion for music Westheimer is an avid Nature photographer - depicted in his e-book from his 3 weeks in Africa.
An animal lover from the start (his dad was a vet) Cody enjoys scoring nature and wildlife projects and is known for his ability to go from "Planet Earth Epic" to "Indie Film Intimate" at the drop of a hat. Click on a below poster to access that playlist, or see his Nature Doc video reel.
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 currently runs New West Studios, Inc. with his wife, composer Julia Newmann, and has composed compelling scores for over 100 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. His themes for Major League Soccer (MLS) and the HeadsUp Poker Tournament can regular be heard on NBC and NBC Sports. Cody's music was selected for numerous features which aired in primetime during the London Olympic Games.
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. In 2011 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. Today he regularly rides with the "Fireflies," a dedicated group of industry professionals who have raised millions of dollars for cancer research.
Cody 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. Cody has recently tapped into his Jazz roots and is a regular trombonist to be heard in the LA jazz scene.
Other than writing and playing music Westheimer enjoys nature photography (his recent trip to Africa can be seen here), DIY/home improvement (he built his own studio, including his desk and monitor speakers) and playing with his 15 year old dog, Henry.
"Cody was an amazing partner, a dream to work with, a true collaborator, someone who brought a focused creative vision to the process but also was very game to work within the confines of what I was looking for. He never stopped searching for the truth of the scenes and helped to make every moment better in my film. It was also fun to see what new instrument he'd start experimenting with next. I didn't expect to hear the kazoo... but it worked! Cody is also incredibly easy to communicate with. He's got a little bit of that Vulcan mind meld thing happening... he usually knows what you're thinking before you get the words out. He's also fast. I can't recommend him enough! Feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 (or if that doesn't work, try me through my website (www.joshstolberg.com) if you want to hear me gush some more)."
- Josh Stolberg, Writer/Director, CONCEPTION
"Cody captured the unique beauty of Mono Lake as well as the ongoing efforts to protect this remarkable place, restore it to health, and educate people about its ecological and historic environmental importance. This unprecedented story needed an extraordinary composer. Cody took the time to get to know the history of Mono Lake, the spirit of the place, and the style of our organization. He captured the essence beautifully. Working with Cody was a pleasure, and we get enthusiastic responses to the music every time we show the film—his work helps us share the story in a more powerful way."
- Geoffrey McQuilkin, Executive Director, Mono Lake Committee
"Westheimer's versatility and true understanding of how to weave authentic original scoring in and out of dialogue and action makes him a part of a rare breed of composers that possess that sought after sensibility. Cody is a genuine collaborator and above and beyond the wrok, an exemplary individual of the highest order."
- Martin Guigui, Writer/Director, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL, BENNY BLISS AND THE DISCIPLES OF GREATNESS
"Cody is a talented and innovative musician who understands the complex layers of story and emotion. His adept skill as a musician and composer enhanced my project beyond expectation. His integrity as an artist contributed greatly to our success."
- Chris Valentino, Director/Producer, INNERSTATE
"Cody's musical adaptation of John Lithgow's children's book 'The Remarkable Farkle McBride' was wonderfully written and brilliantly orchestrated giving such a delightful sense to the text. Working with Cody was a great experience and a true pleasure."
- Nir Kabaretti, Music and Artistic Director, The Santa Barbara Symphony
"Cody is a rare talent who listened intently to what I wanted as a director and then provided it almost instantaneously. He is energetic, fun and truly enjoys his work."
- Jim Kehoe, Writer/Director , THE HAND JOB
"Cody was fantastic to work with on 'Cherry.' He was so willing to try new things and to really reach for a different and unique sound in the score that really supported and extended the story, and I think it shows in the final film."
- Quinn Sanders, Writer/Director , CHERRY.
"Cody's enthusiasm and passion for film composing is evident in all his work. His astonishingly wide range of scoring experience gives each film he works on a distinct originality and emotional quality that will immerse and engage the audience on a personal level. In addition to his unmatched talent, Cody's friendliness, approachability, and positive attitude toward the entire filmmaking process is what makes working with him such an immensely satisfying and rewarding joy. Cody is a true artist; a painter of emotion."
- Chris Mais, Writer/Director, SMILE
"...kudos must be given to composer Cody Westheimer. His symphonic score, when it appears, is such a rare delight (and completely worthy of any theatrical film in wide release) that I'm actually recommending people rent this film just to hear his music. With any luck, we'll be seeing (and hearing) great things from him in the future."
- Horror Watch.com on Devon's Ghost
"Cody scored the music for Tapestries of Hope, a U.S. Feature Length Documentary. His delivery of 26 pieces exceeded my expectations. The musical ambiance is an amazing match with the visual story. Cody is on my short list of composers for all of my future projects. Thank you!"
- Christopher Bankston, producer, Fatbox Films
"I hired Cody to compose an original soundtrack for my film The Runner. He is was easy to work with and fair. Cody not only got the job done on time under a tight schedule, he made a slam dunk with music he created. I have received so many positive comments on the music and I was so happy that I invested into a soundtrack for the film."
- J.B. Benna, Director/Producer, ULTRAMARATHON MAN AND THE RUNNER
"Cody is an incredible artist and I am always amazed at his creativity and perfection with every project no matter great or small. From standard synthesizing and composition to sampling toy pianos purchased from eBay, to recording with a 40-piece orchestra at Capitol Records, Cody always remains flexible, and our music is always fresh, unique, and exceeds expectations."
- Dr. Blaine Behringer, Principal, Earthbound Media Group
"Cody has the perfect blend of skill, creativity, understanding, kindness, and technique that one would look for in a composer. I had the good fortune of working with him on a short film called Smile, and the only advice I can give to others is "hire him now!!!"
- Aaron Diecker, Sound Designer, "SMILE"
"I have worked with Cody Westheimer on many projects, and have been very pleased. He is very determined to produce a high quality product, and is always on time. I will continue to work with him on many more projects in the future."
- Zac Adams, Writer/Producer/Director , Skydive Films
"Working with Cody was a complete dream. He delivered on every single track. His music has become a signature for our series, I can't imagine having it scored by anyone else. I look forward to working with Cody for many years to come!"
- John Simpson, lead producer , Chris and John's Road Trip
"Cody Westheimer is a pure joy to work with. His talents as a musician are rivaled only by his pleasing demeanor and collaborative ease..."
- John Gemberling, Producer , FAT GUY STUCK IN INTERNET