Peter English is a Philadelphia-based director and composer.
His music and videos are brimming with bold style, vivid characters, and cutting edge technology.
As a filmmaker he works primarily at the meeting place of film and music. His music video and music documentary work has received praise across the internet from sites like The Creators Project, Pitchfork, NPR Music and BoingBoing, as well a Vimeo Staff Pick. His work on the acclaimed documentary series Shaking Through led him to collaborate with indie rock luminaries such as Sufjan Stevens & Sharon Van Etten, as well as members of The War on Drugs, Wilco, & Grizzly Bear, and earned him a nod for Best Original Series at the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival. His commercial clients have included Twitter, Urban Outfitters, and The National Recording Academy.
As a composer English explores how cutting edge technology can embolden creativity. Working closely with a team of engineers at Drexel University he created a new musical instrument—Drumhenge—a wirelessly networked array of magnetically actuated drums. He was named Maker of the Year by the 2017 Philadelphia Geek Awards. In early 2018, English served as composer and sound designer for Frankenstein AI, an immersive installation that explores how artificial intelligence can merge with human creativity. He worked closely with a machine learning algorithm to create a generative score that responded to the emotions of the participants. The piece premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.