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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 potential founder. I remember wanting to play his guitar creating my own melodies. Listening to music was a huge activity in our house. There was good equipement and a wide variety of vinyl. I could spend hours, listening on headphones, in front of the record player, having selected a pile of records out of my parents collection.
At a young age I really liked the track 'Autobahn' by Kraftwerk. I could listen to it over and over….and over. Those symplistic, sparkling, pulsating synthesizer sounds. I triggered me to buy my first instrument; a little Yamaha PS200 keyboard and I started creating music.
One of the records that 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). The sound of the orchestra and the musical eloquence really hit me. It was the first time I felt like wanting to make something unique like this. But that would take a while.
In my early teens, inspired and driven by the energetic 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 a lot. But, the real musical light had yet to be seen. During a cold winter evening, December 1989, turning the radioknob, I stumbled on violinist Nigel Kennedy performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, 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, mainly baroque first, and visited many classical concerts. This classical music was so transparent, having such a diverse, rich pallet. I also started composing, little violin duets at first, baroque style.
Along came the interest to play the piano, for it's such a diverse instrument to give birth to compositions ideas. Uptill then music was just a hobby and after a series of educational wanderings I decided to go and make a living out of music. Not as a musician or composer but as a teacher, wanting to share my passion for music to young people. I attended the Conservatory in 1997, graduating in 2001 and started teaching right away.
Music teacher and composer
For almost twenty years now, I devotedly teach young students learning them how to play instruments, perform together and to compose music. Next to teaching I have a devoted urge and admiration to compose music. I find it very challenging to create something concrete out of this abstract material music is in essence. The composing vibe took off at the conservatory, software really helping to give birth to ideas also, using Encore and Finale notation programs.
I mainly composed classical orientated music then. On my YouTube channel you can find two pieces for Organ that I composed back then.
Teaching full time takes a lot of effort and devorion also, and for me it slowed down going into depth with composing. So, a few years ago I finally decided to halve my teachers job just to be able to spend more time composing and producing, developing an idiom. Throughout the past few years my music surprisingly evolved to a cinematic type of music, well know for being a carrier of atmospheres, stories and emotions. This cinematic music interest really first started in 1998, when I heard the opening theme from Shakespeare in Love (music by Stephen Warbeck) and later the Gladiator 'Now we are free' theme (2000, 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 all fall into place. I experience great freedom in this genre. Next to composing I like to spend time mixing music, to give it the final touch; the sort of subtle 'musical 'make-up'. You can check my music here on the website, or on my YouTube channel.
I post new music every month. Music Matters!
Thrash time! (1988)
At a school concert (2005)
Still that PS200 (2008)
Playing the Hang (2009)
My A.Forster little grand