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Tranzworld Express

by Peter Westheimer

World electro-orchestral dance album, uplifting & innovative. An imaginary train seamlessly travels across Asia, the Middle East, Europe & the USA evoking the multicultural rhythms,melodies,harmonies, politics & scenery of a changing world.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Change Now
4:19 $2.00
2. Dancing Hearts Orchestra
4:03 $2.00
3. Peacedance
4:36 $2.00
4. Chances of Life
3:42 $2.00
5. Virtually Enlightened
4:20 $2.00
6. iRan
4:58 $2.00
7. Karma than Chaos
3:39 $2.00
8. Tranzworld Express
5:13 $2.00
9. China India
4:00 $2.00
10. Renewable Energy
5:08 $2.00
11. Ghosts of the Future
4:52 $2.00
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ARRANGED & PRODUCED by Peter Westheimer, Dave Basek, Tone Wonderland @Crystal Grid & Electricks Studios
GUEST MUSICIANS: Santoor: Amir Paiss [tracks 1,2,3,6,9,10] Vocals: Parissa Bouas [tracks 1,2,3,4,7,9]

Vocals: Peter Westheimer [tracks 4,6,8,10,11]
Additional arrangement Vladimir Divljan [track 3]
Label: integrity Music - Australia

The album is for movers, travellers , dancers and filmmakers of all persuasions.
Themes of humour,optimism,cultural & bio diversity, spirituality and the environment.


1. Change Now:
With our planet's growing population, finite resources, climate change challenges, and biodiversity threats it's time to consider new personal and political paradigms. "Change now, change for the positive ..... change for the children".

2. Dancing Hearts Orchestra:
Dancing with joy and compassion in our hearts, old and young, crossing musical boundaries.

3. Peacedance:
Dancing for peace in the West, peace in the East, peace in the Middle East, peace in our hearts.
*Peacemaking [Sulcha] and restoring true harmony and tolerance are needed.
*Sulcha is an Arabic word, close to the Hebrew word Slicha [meaning forgiveness] for a peacemaking process in the community, used for restoring harmony after serious wrongdoing.

4. Chances of Life:
"I could have been born anywhere, somewhere, into times of novelty [ innovation] or times of fundamentalism".
We have the luck or otherwise of being born in a particular place at a particular time to particular parents.
We take a chance on every course of action and have to accept the consequences. These are the chances of life.

5. Virtually Enlightened:
Its easy to feel we know everything...we can immerse ourselves in a particular religious or spiritual journey, believing we may become somewhat enlightened. Sometimes we trick ourselves!
"I know everything about nothing. "I am totally light".

6. i-Ran:
"I ran from Iran. I ran and I ran and I ran." Iran has a rich cultural heritage but where currently, freedom of speech is suppressed , dissenters are vilified, adulterers can be stoned to death and women are oppressed. Media control is pervasive as it is in many other parts of the world !

7. Karma Than Chaos:
Accepting *Karma makes me calmer! Fate brings on the unexpected. Suffering can arise from arguing with what is.
*In Indian beliefs, the karmic effects of all deeds actively shape past, present, and future experiences.

8. Tranzworld Express:
Trains [and bicycles] are fuel efficient & beautifully suited to future needs especially compared to road transport and planes.

9. China India:
China and India with their rich musical & philosophical histories and 37% of the worlds population are currently political opposites and the rising cultural, innovative and economic powerhouses of our planet.

10. Renewable Energy:
100 percent of the world’s energy, for all purposes, could be supplied by wind, water and solar resources. *An estimate of numbers is 3.8 million large wind turbines, 90,000 solar thermal plants, and numerous geothermal, tidal and rooftop photovoltaic installations worldwide. The numbers are large but achievable and not an insurmountable hurdle.
Society has achieved massive transformations before.
We can eliminate fossil fuels – oil, coal and nuclear.
*Nov. 2009 Scientific American [a path to sustainable energy by 2030]

11. Ghosts of the Future:
Toxic legacies of the future like nuclear waste dumps, extinct species and genocide leave ghosts that fade very slowly.


Peter Westheimer's musical journey since 1982 includes releasing 6 music albums, video clips and composing music for two feature films, many television documentaries and multimedia installations.

'Laminex Lovers' [1982] ,his first record release, is still receiving acclaim as one of Australia's cutting edge synth pop records.
The clip to 'Move', the title track of the 1985 album was acclaimed as a top 10 video clip that year.
'Transition' [1992] and 'Balance'[1994] CDs were successfully released in Australia, Japan and the USA. His paintings for the 'Transition' tracks and profile appear in a publication 'Musicians As Artists' featuring 52 internationally acclaimed musicians.
'Music Sculptures', 2004 is a 50 track cinematic journey of contrasts featuring excerpts from 1982-2003 works with moods & instrumentation notes orientated towards film producer/directors.
'Tranzworld Express' 2011 features strong new international music and is a personal renaissance back into the world of music after a concentrated time in politics from 2002 to 2008.

Peter Westheimer grew up in Melbourne Australia and as a 4 year old was 'excited' by 'Music for the People' orchestral concerts in the Fitzroy gardens. He went on to play violin from age 7 to 19 and in 1967 became leader of the Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra and violinist in the Australian Youth Orchestra. Then came an 'epiphany' of moving far away from the musical and social confines of the classical music scene to lots of improvisation with other musicians as well as acting & writing with progressive theatre groups. This morphed into playing electric guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, sitar and flute, writing songs, singing and playing in bands in the late 70's and early 1980's after which began his recording career.


Peter Westheimer – Move Videoclip ...voted as one of the Top 10 music videos 1985 Australia by Beatbox ABC producer Mark Fitzgerald

Westheimer's lyrics......are as funny as they are pessimistic and the songs themselves are quirky and inventive... intriguing, promising first album.
Rolling Stone July 1985 – Ed St John - 'Move'

...manages to escape rotten rock cliches for something vastly more worthwhile.
Stiletto Magazine 24th June 1985

...Cool and clear, warm and inviting they take you in, spin you around oh so gently and lead you out the way you came, a slightly altered state of mind being the only side-effect! Canberra Times April 19, 1987 - 'Sooner than Laughter' album.

... an album of distinct quality and subterranean charm . Countdown Magazine 1987 Sooner Than Laughter

This is a record of synth. based music which reminded friends of mine of a wide range of calibre electro groovers – Yello, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Moroder, Kraftwerk etc in both instrumental and vocal form..
On the Street newspaper 10th June 1987 - Sooner than Laughter album.

His first album 'Move' from 1985 had one of the most imaginative videos ever.... not only to come out of this country but to come out of the 80's video boom. Juke magazine Australia 1987

.. 'Sooner Than Laughter' works the musical turf bearing the hoofprints of Kraftwerk, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the Flying Lizards. .. Australian Penthouse 1987 Jeremy Cooke'

This beautifully packaged CD........could be loosely described as world/ambient........Occasional conga patterns, a piano solo and a chilling sample of a woman laughing twist this ambient cruise......Impressive.
Sonics Magazine by Lesley Sly August 1992 'Transition'.

Creating a space for sound rather than engaging in ego priming posturing, the Transition CD is a relaxing change from the everyday. Sometimes exciting often intriguing.......Who Weekly by Rob Johnson September 7, 1992

....his music not only presents the listener with a great variety of melodic and rhythmic themes and musical textures intriguingly intertwined but also a huge chunk of personality which turns the sum of the parts to a cohesive and musically vibrant whole. 'Balance' and the previous album 'Transition' are gems and would be a valuable addition to any musical collection. Byron Shire Echo September 21, 1994 by JB Balance CD

..the compositions will open up unrestricted mental vistas and imaginary journeys. Conscious Living no.29 June/July 1995 CD Balance

Wonderful musical textures and moods
Peter is a conceptual artist who creates aural instrumental sculptures rather than songs with traditional structural forms. ... fresh, inspiring and laced with magical moments. ......will appeal to anyone who appreciates music that reaches deep within one's being to touch the soul.
What's on the Planet newspaper Dec/Jan 1994 –1995 Balance CD


International release of 6th album 'Tranzworld Express'
Launch of Website including back catalogue of previously unreleased music and digitizing of vinyl albums from the 80's

2010 Finalist Electronic Dance Chill & Ambient category - Dolphin Awards, North Coast Entertainment Industry Association.

Documentary soundtracks for 'Threaded Connections' and 'The Life World', ABC National TV Australia

2004-2008 - Politics - Independent Councillor and Deputy Mayor [2005-2006], Byron Shire Council Australia focused on biodiversity, cultural development, rail transport and renewable energy.

5th Album - 'Music Sculptures' compilation of tracks 1982 - 2003

'Balance' Album released on CD internationally
Soundtrack music contribution for Documentary - 'The Last Whale' with Olivia Newton John narration, screened at the United Nations and International Whaling Commission Mexico
Musical Director Multimedia event 'Cyberspace', Epicentre , Byron Bay, Australia.

Documentary - 'Behind The Mask' [Indonesia] Channel 9 Australia
Documentary - 'Centennial Park' [underground] Reservoir - H2O Productions

'Transition' Album released on CD.
Album launch exhibition & CD sleeve features personal paintings for each album track . A number of these paintings were featured in the American publication 'Musicians as Artists' featuring 52 international musicians involved in visual art including John Lennon, Miles Davis Carly Simon, Yoko Ono and David Bowie
Extensive airplay of album on television , radio and Qantas airlines
Installation 'Metaphors for Memory' with artist Lucille Martin exhibited in Perth and Sydney
Documentary 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' ABC national television Australia
Documentary 'Kids in the Melting Pot' SBS national television Australia.

Documentary 'When Friends were Enemies' – Australian Film Institute award nomination, best TV documentary United Nations peace award finalist NewYork Film and TV Festival
Short film/documentary 'Freshwater' –major award United Nations Association Australia

Television commercials Perth Western Australia
'Myopia' multimedia installation with artist Lucille Martin for Perth Festival highlighting major environmental themes.

Documentaries 'Mythos and 'Old Songs in a New Land' [award finalist New York International film and TV Festival] –SBS television
Documentary series theme –'Breakthrough' – Film Australia
Opening theme music - Sydney Film Festival
Documentary 'A Hand in the Dark' SBS television
'Origins' installation -A multicultural Australia- with artist Lucille Martin - exhibited in Perth and Sydney

Feature film soundtrack 'Kadaicha' -worldwide release
Feature film soundtrack 'Out of the Body'
Documentary three-part series–'A Change of Face' – SBS national television
Short drama 'Silk Dreams' SBS TV Sydney

'Sooner than Laughter' 2nd record album release [vinyl]–with guest artist Zoe Carides.
Video clip and single vinyl record–'State of Summer'
Short comedy/drama 'One Room to Let' – SBS television

1985 first record album release – 'Move'
Video clip to 'Move' receives award of Merit at Australian video Festival Sydney
'Chunk' - Composition & coproduction of film and soundtrack album for Band 'Cut the Cheese' - AFI award nomination.

Australian Playwrights Conference Canberra composer in residence for Booker prize winner writer/director Peter Carey and Mike Mullins.

'Laminex Lovers' - 1st record release vinyl EP [self produced & recorded]
First screen composer music credit for documentary 'Pictures that Post' produced by Film Australia

1977 - 1982
Keyboardist, guitarist, singer with the new wave band 'Sodavision' Melbourne
Overseas travel, cross experimentation with modern, classical and Asian music.
Audio production course at Royal Melbourne Institute of technology.

Indian music – studies and performance on sitar – Melbourne and India.
Tai Chi & cultural/spiritual studies - Indonesia

1973 Completed a medical degree at Melbourne University

Overland travel from Australia through Asia to Europe travelling through 21 countries

Musician/actor for theatre, political street theatre , film and television [Division 4 & Homicide] Melbourne Australia

Violinist - Australian Youth Orchestra
Leader - Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra



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Peter Westheimer - Tranzworld Express
Global psychill journey album.
Tranzworld Express is a transporting experience that whisks the listener away from home on a speeding dream train breezing across musical, cultural and technological borders. The pace is mid-tempo - a comfortable dance groove with a locomotive-like regularity suggestive of casual speed and passing vistas. Western soul sounds and club elements get the party going, but soon the scene has shifted and a Middle Eastern dub beat drives Peacedance further from home. The sense of the exotic is heightened as the album progresses: international instrumentation and diverse voices interwoven among bright recording effects, vocoder snatches and lush strings. "I know everything about nothing!" declares a lively voice at the opening of Virtually Enlightened; multinational hand drums and twanging plucked wires here juxtaposed against subtle sequences and brash brass flourishes. Peter Westheimer clearly enjoys a rich melting pot of music without the encumbrance of genre restrictions. China India (as you might deduce) fuses the colours of these two evocative Asian sources of mystique - bells trees and electronica; er-hu and sitar; expressive tablas and programmed beats; piercing pipes and soft female vocals. The binding factor for the album is the relatively consistent beat - wheels on tracks, hypnotic patterns, express rhythm.

Peter Westheimer brings a sense of global responsibility to his music, dealing with such important themes as the planet's growing population, finite resources and climate change challenges; East-West relations and the struggling of peace processes; religious enlightenment, fundamentalism and media control; ecologically friendly transport modes and natural energy sources. These serious concerns thread the music of Tranzworld Express with a dynamic urgency: stirring beats, driving basslines and insistent melodies. The tightly woven multinational instrumentation (Westheimer himself plays a wide range of instruments, ranging from keyboard to sitar, with much in between) highlights a vision of potential global harmony and cooperation. That said - this is by no means merely a gloomy presentation of cerebral ideals - the music is full of emotion: ranging from the blissfully ecstatic through lively, vivacious and inspirational to somewhat threatening and disquieting. The artist's website explains that he sees music as an agent of change - unlike much of today's 'worldbeat' music this is an album with an authenticity born from genuine passion and actual familiarity with many of the locations aurally conjured "inspired by travels through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the USA in 2009. Its' rhythmic energies and perspectives come from the moving scenery of contemporary communities both rural and urban, and a retracing of family history."

The front cover of this eco-friendly digipack depicts a young woodland of muted colours and delicate slender birches as seen by a fleeting railway passenger. Faint reflections haze the view and suddenly the stark visage of a tribal mask looms in the lower right. Drawn to peer at the ghostly face a bird form is discerned, gliding vertically; eyes stare fixedly through arched curves in the wings. The package unfolds into three panels with the disc held neatly in a plastic free-central grip - at last a CD case with no plastic at all! Track titles are on the rear of the cover with track times alongside. The third outer panel holds sleeve notes and a scattering of inspirational images. Inside each track has a space of its own with a connected image and brief explanatory notes.

Peter Westheimer delivers the aptly titled Tranzworld Express through Integrity Music Records as his sixth full length album and follow-up to the 2004 release Music Sculptures. Based near Byron Bay, Australia, Westheimer has embarked on supporting his music with multilayered videos of all tracks and performing audiovisual shows live incorporating his interests in video art, renewable energy, biodiversity & rail transport overall highlighting music as an agent of change and joy. A classical background in early life, performance with bands & theatre and recording material for soundtracks, documentaries and multimedia installations (to cover just part of the CV) provides a broad musical foundation upon which to draw.
Thus Tranzworld Express has arisen "inspired by travels through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the USA in 2009." Promotional material explains that "Its' rhythmic energies and perspectives come from the moving scenery of contemporary communities both rural and urban, and a retracing of family history." The music is available for exploration at the Peter Westheimer website where, as well as the audio, verbal explanations of number of the recordings are provided.


The album opens with a flush of multinational warmth - plucked strings, Western and Eastern, fusing together, leading into the traintrack beat that will draw the listener throughout the journey. As lush orchestral bowings flow in layers a female voice whispers, "Change the world" signalling Westheimer's underlying theme. The mood is upbeat, positive and lively - throbbing bassline driving the central section of the track. The melodic motifs are taken up in varying forms by different instruments - Eastern organic, Western electronic - with lush washes and pads behind.

Whilst maintaining the rhythm established by Change Now, this track has more of a Western soul dance floor vibe. Piano stabs, disco guitar chord flicks and deep synth patterns form the backbone whilst a female voice wordlessly soars and further piano melodies dance above. It feels as if we are still not so far from home, hints of the city still glimpsed through the window as the journey gets well under way.

Here the beats shifts from the measured locomotion of the previous two tracks to a lilting dub rhythm - still at similar pace however - danceable and energetic. Opening with phased guitar and a blunt bass - Middle Eastern flavours soon start to appear. Inspired by the struggling peace processes in the Middle East - sonorous wiry scales twang against smooth synthetics; hints of Arab wails and a subtle female moan waft through the dance. A joyous piece of optimism.

A low heartbeat drum introduces a rich bowed string melody, building rapidly to that now-familiar mid-tempo pace. Vocoder vocals and international chanting entwine upon tone shifting arpeggios and gutsy bassline; "I could have been born anywhere, somewhere, into times of novelty (innovation) or times of fundamentalism." Briefly the intensity dissipates, the heartbeat returning - more strings and we're off again hurtling further and further from home.

"I know everything about nothing. I am totally light," an oriental voice announces upon a bed of twinkling synthetic arpeggio - weightless for a moment. Soon our train-like beat whisks us forward - hand drumming and programmed grooves in perfect tandem, the electronic arpeggios shifting and morphing, embellished by the hypnotic wires of the East. Virtually Enlightened builds into mesmerising regularity as the track progresses, trance-like and very rhythmically impelling. Brash brass phrases, electric guitar touches and the occasional return of the opening speaker hold the attention and deepen the colour.

An electronically altered vocal wail introduces iRan - a dramatic, low chord beckoning the beat to roll in: a clatter of hand percussion, thumping kick and bright hi-hats. Middle-Eastern instrumentation again features here in keeping with the theme: "I ran from Iran. I ran and I ran and I ran." Westheimer's concern for the oppression and tight media control within the country lend this piece a slightly brooding tone - that said the album's over-riding sense of optimism is present here too especially within the cavorting leap of the beat.

Playing with the words 'Karma makes me calmer!' Westheimer here develops a smooth East-West fusion where sitar phrases dance against reverberating gongs and soft female whispers. Dreamy and blissful, beaten strings and twanging plucks contrast rubbery bass lines and Western drumming. The gradual massing of layered synth pads toward the end of the track lifts the music skyward, fading into heavenly light.

The title track opens with the voice of a station announcer and the clutter of environmental sound whilst a cycling arpeggio gradually builds, surrounded by atmospheric pads. As the arpeggios morph and flow a thudding bass and kick rhythm starts up and the train is on the way. Tranzworld Express has a somewhat more urban electro feel than much of the rest of the album - passing briefly though another station interlude before rolling on - environmentally concerned: clear, clean, fresh and transporting.

Two ancient civilizations steeped in tradition and colour. Westheimer draws on the richness of the sonic histories of these two countries to paint his picture of cultural/political contrasts and shared beauty. The light boom of tablas and the trill of bell trees merge with subdued Western beat material. Chinese er-hu, Indian santoor, keening pipes and a range of other evocative instruments join with plodding bass in what is the most concentrated world beat track of the album so far.

Opening to the heaving of waves, Renewable Energy soon rings with bright Indian strings then an upward fading marimba sequence and vocoder voice. Almost imperceptibly the marimbas are thickened with complimentary synth patterns - warm layers lifting the mood high. Double bass steps in at the low end, hand drums and rattling percussion take up the beat. The boom of thunder and atmospheric disturbances recall again the theme of this positive composition - "100 percent of the world's energy, for all purposes, could be supplied by wind, water and solar resources." The piece ends with the gentle trickle of water.

A dark echoing motif sets up a moody tone which is soon developed further by some shadowy synth waves laid down upon a booming Middle Eastern beat. The clatter and thump of Westheimer's, by now familiar, amalgam of percussion patterns takes a prominent role on this final recording - an interlude of resonant tablas, a squelching synthetic bassline and programmed effects broadening the rhythmic appeal - intense and urgent. Peter's website refers to the seriousness behind this composition "Toxic legacies of the future like nuclear waste dumps, extinct species and genocide leave ghosts that fade very slowly." A fitting conclusion to Tranzworld Express - something to think about - an infectious rhythm within which to become absorbed - plenty of international instruments and sparkling effects. The set concludes with a struck metallic bowl - its ringing tones fading away into light.