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The keyboard was the place I went to explore...
and discover how to bring the songs and melodies in my head to life.
My songs give voice to what my eyes have seen and my heart has felt in recent years.
Over the last decade I have been exposed to people and their stories that have revealed the soul-destroying nature of our systems of finance and government, education and agriculture.
I was learning to balance my excitement in discovering sounds with the patience of capturing my ideas effectively. The craft was sinking in. The recording gigs were often paying the bills, so I could explore new equipment as the recording world exploded with new technology.
I heard plenty of melodies in my head as a kid... and had the ability to find them on the piano. But how could I make it a career? I dropped out of college and moved to San Francisco after hearing William Ackerman play guitar - simple, elegant and connected to his heart. I thought, 'I've been doing that since I was a kid!'
Synthesizers helped me explore sounds also attract clients, and I was fortunate to have the talent and temperament to support a growing music composition business. Technology grew right along with me, and within a decade I had a pretty advanced 24-track studio in my basement.
I demoed compositions in the growing 'New Age' music genre, using basketballs and anvils as percussion as digital sampling became a new musical phenomenon. Getting a deal with Narada Productions was fulfilling, but my real hope was to get my records into the hands of movie makers.
As my studio tools grew at an exponential rate, so did my experience of the world. From my work on 500 Nations to experiencing diamond mines in Sierra Leone, I continue to attempt connecting my music to my heart.
I've gone from analogue to digital and onward to a mixture of both. At the same time moving from instrumentals to a 'Native American Rock Opera' to more pop sounding songwriting about society and its ills.
Continuous cycles. This rhythm has been the driver of my work from its earliest beginning. Looping drums and bass lines always keep me coming back for more.
Time is necessary for sound to occur. The future is held in the next note...
© 2020 Peter Buffett