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Peter Elfman

Greetings and salutations! I’m Peter Elfman, the rube behind Stereo Static. I’m from The Bronx (the other part of New York City that most folks have heard of), and music has been a part of me for as long as I honestly can remember; listening to the radio station my parents chose (dad: oldies station; mom: top 40’s), piling on 45rpm records into the player during a rainy Sunday, the precursor to the ever-loved ‘playlist’, learning to play an instrument and play with a band, becoming involved in the stage aspect of music performance, and finally, rocking in a DAW (shout-out to my Studio One peeps!) and busting out my own jams, or mashing up the hard work of others into something recognizable as the same and different at the same time.

When it became apparent to my family that my pre-teen self was absolutely taken with learning Trumpet (my first instrument), and after my church-organist great-grandfather had given me my first (and so far only) piano lesson, I was gifted with a Casio SK-1. It was a chintsy sampling keyboard that would occupy my time and imagination for years to come. I sampled *everything*; my own trumpet playing, bits from the radio, my sister’s voice when she on the down-low, and whatever else struck me in the moment. This, while surrounded by the sample-heavy genres of Hip-Hop and EDM, installed an ever-lasting love of capturing and manipulating the aural world around us and in front of us to create something that could never have otherwise existed.

I am extremely fortunate for the existence of Pianobook. I deepest, most sincerest thanks to Christian Henson, David Hilowitz, and everyone that has uploaded a sample. The Pandemic lockdown hit me pretty damn hard. I retained a hold of my soul by diving back into and exploring my love of making music, something I had let slip away from me for more than a decade. Broke and depressed, a couple of DAW’s and a library of free plugins turned me around so I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s my hope to provide my own sample libraries to the site in the far future; I currently lack the a viable microphone and infrastructure to let me make decent recordings, and so far the only thing I own that’s worth recording is a crappy slide-didgeridoo I bought in a whim at a renaissance festival. I have been tooling with the free version of the Vital soft-synth plugin, I may try to make some sample packs out of the instruments I’ve created there.

In the meantime, I will try to leave helpful comments/reviews on any sample packs I grab. I look forward to being a part of this community, and to what you all will offer up in the future.