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How music became part of my life
My musical adagium started next to my cradle (1971) where my parents had set up a tiny turntable, softly playing singles. Seeing and hearing my dad play the acoustic guitar, performing Neil Young songs, also was a trigger. I remember trying to play his guitar, having the urge to create my own melodies. Listening to music was a much used activity in our house. There was good equipement and a wide variety of vinyl. At the time I really liked the track 'Autobahn' by Kraftwerk. I could listen to it over and over….and over. Those sparkling, pulsating, layered synthesizer sounds. Being 11 years of age I bought my first instrument; a little Yamaha PS200 keyboard and started playing melodic patterns and loops.
Part of my musical learning curve was listening to records from my parents' collection. One of the records that really sparked off something was the EP version of 'Russians' by Sting (a song musically based on a progression out of the Luitenant Kije suite by the Russian composer Sergej Prokofjev).
In my early teens, inspired by the music of Metallica, Slayer and Yngwie Malmsteen, I started playing the electric guitar. Mostly heavy metal music, in several bands, but it never took off, although it was a lot of fun and I did learn some about building a track.
During a cold winter evening, December 1989, turning the radioknob, I stumbled on violinist Nigel Kennedy performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, together with the English Chamber Orchestra. It triggered me to start playing the violin, even taking lessons. That was when things started rolling. I joined a little baroque orchestra and salon orchestra, started learning music theory, listenening to a lot of classical music and visited many classical concerts. This classical music was so transparent, having such a diverse, rich pallet. I also started writing down my compositions, little violin duets at first, baroque style.
Music teacher and composer
On my route to become a music teacher (conservatory 1997-2001) I also welcomed the piano.
A necessity as a music teacher in high school. There, for almost twenty years now, I devotedly teach young students learning them how to play instruments, perform together and compose music. Next to teaching I have a devoted urge to compose music. I find it very challenging to create something concrete out of this abstract material music is in essence. Through the years my music evolved to a cinematic type of music, well know for being a carrier of spheres, stories and emotions. This cinematic music interest first started when I heard the opening theme from Shakespeare in Love (music by Stephen Warbeck) and the Gladiator 'Now we are free' theme (music by Hans Zimmer). So, that’s where I arrived since a few years. In this cinematic genre my musical knowhow, ideas and wide preferences fall into place. All seems possible.
A few years ago I decided to halve my teachers job just to be able to spend more time composing and producing, developing a sound, a process that never ends.
Next to composing I also like to spend time mixing music, to give it the final touch; the sort of subtle 'musical make-up'.
Thrash time! (1988)
At a school concert (2005)
Still that PS200 (2008)
Playing the Hang (2009)
My A.Forster little grand