an ear for music... and sound
I am at an early age, listening to music, shown in a portrait drawn
by my mother. I have been told that Bach’s
Brandenburg Concertos were my favorite. I’ve always thought
that Bach is more beneficial to the development of the brain than
My parents had a small but varied collection of classical music
records, so that is what I grew up with. I found out later that they
attended a lecture about electronic music some time in the late
fifties, when I was quite young. In the sixties they bought a record
with Karl-Heinz Stockhausen's
Der Gesang der Jünglinge, which I found very
inspiring, and which is still an amazing work.
Utrecht, the Netherlands, where I was born, was as good a place
as any to become acquainted with electronic music. The Philips
Electronics studio moved to Utrecht in the early sixties and
formed the basis of the
Institute of Sonology at Utrecht University.
The Institute organized regular concerts, which I started attending
and which further developed my interest and appreciation.
I studied at Sonology in 1969 and 1970 and again in 1979.
Students came from all over the world, which made it an interesting
place to be. One of my co-students introduced me to John Cage and
his idea that sound/noise can be music.
In 1986, the Institute moved to the
Royal Conservatory in The
Hague, which has been a loss for Utrecht. More information about the
current institute can be found at the
studio snapshots through the years
Early 70s — When I was about 17, I attended an
electronic music concert for the first time. This has led to a
lifelong addiction that refuses to go away. As I didn’t have much
money at the time, I started building my own equipment. Here I am in
my early 20s, busy with one of my designs in the attic of my parents' home at Panweg in Zeist,
The Netherlands. I did buy a few things: a
Revox A77 and a kit for an electronic piano. From my father’s work I got
an old vacuum tube sine wave oscillator and an oscilloscope.
Early 80s — This is my studio in a large loft at
Oudenoord in Utrecht. The loft was peculiar in that it had only one
small window. This didn’t border me in the least and it prevented me from being
distracted. As a result, I completed several projects here; some in collaboration
with other artists. Notable is the prototype
Series 3000 modular analog
synthesizer on the right, which I helped design for Synton.
Mid 80s — The studio setup in the small attic of the
Klaverstraat house in Utrecht. Newly acquired are, left, an
Ensoniq ESQ-1 and,
right, an Atari 1040 with
eMagic Notator software.
Not shown is a
Mirage rack-mount bought at the same time. The first steps into MIDI have
Late 80s — The much larger studio at the Wagenstraat in
Utrecht, with most of the equipment identified.
Mid 90s to early
The first studio in the US (Arlington), still focused on electronic music.
From 2006 onward, animation became an important, additional
2017 — The
final setup of the Arlington studio, which is now multi-functional:
animation, video editing, music, and sound design. In 2018, the
studio moved to larger
studio premises in Front Royal, VA.
External links were up-to-date as per
January 26, 2023, but are subject to change beyond my control. Non-secure links have been removed.