A daring voyage with an open end...
My real name is Peter Philippe Weiss and I'm a film score composer and sound designer. I have been researching and experimenting on this art project for 30 years. I live in Basel Switzerland and in my sound laboratory I tried all sorts of things to turn my fantastic and mysterious dream visions into exciting, musical listening adventures! Like an alchemist. As a big fan of comics, fantasy, science fiction and Salvador Dali, I was looking for a way to transform these genres and put them into a musical form, as well as perform them on live stages. I always asked myself: How can I build a new fascinating music form that bends generes and redefins rules - a fusion of sound design, electronic, film score, mystery atmospheres, funk, ambient, classical music and poetry and storytelling?
And I also asked myself how I can bring people back to their own boundless fantasy! Bring them back to their OWN, self invented fascinating pictures and dreamworlds.
As a professional film score composer and sound designer I gained experience in different fields of sound. I realized spatial sound 3D-sculputres for museums and exhibitions, and I composed fim scores - up to cinema movies like “Manipulation”, played four music instruments (keyboards, bass, violin, guitar, drums) in different bands like “The Look People” touring through Europe, playing at St. Gallen open air, CBCB’s NY, Diamonds Toronto. 1993 I published “Subway” (re-released 2021 by Bongo Joe Records) and 2001 “zen jazz” a contemplative ambient album.
This vast music- and sound experience I bring into this project!
It was 2014 when I came across the ‘butterfly dream’ - a 2300 years old Chinese story from poet Zhuangzi.
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"Once Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuang Zhou. Suddenly he woke up, and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn’t know if he were Zhuang Zhou who had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuang Zhou."
This story hit me like a lightning.
It was the hour of birth of my art project DER TRÄUMER. (the dreamer)
With DER TRÄUMER I have found the vessel in which I can pour my musical dreams and visions. As DER TRÄUMER I am now undertaking adventurous expeditions into mysterious and visionary dream worlds. I experience fantastic adventures - from the darkest nightmare to the brightest light dream - and then translate these adventures into musical and sonic form.
DER TRÄUMER is the perfect name! Because I experienced by myself that hearing is strongly connected with dreaming. If I'm hearing music or sounds with a high attention, I can come into a dream-state in the quality of a real dream in deep sleep. It gets real! Total immersion! Reality shifts! Even with multi-sensual experiences like semelling and touching...
This is what I want to achieve with my music, sounds, poetry and performances!
I have so much fantastic music in my mind and in my sketchbooks that wait for relevation and further on I am hungry of new territories of dreams, stories, music, sounds and live performances and more...
Are you coming along?
Let’s meet in the dream!
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