Der eigene Weg – Peter Dekker

Name: Peter Dekker

I started composing music in my head when I was around 5-6 years old, before I could even play an instrument.
When I was around 8 years old, I started learning to play the piano and I also began to compose piano music.
At the age of 15 I got my first keyboard/synthesizer and for me this opened up a lot of possibilities of composing all kinds of different styles of music (electronic, symphonic, jazz, rock, etc.).
When I got more and more synthesizers (I have about 50 synthesizers now), I started to record the music that I created as much as possible. Although sadly I can’t record all the ideas/compositions that are in my head, as I have about an hour of new music in my head each day for the past 30-40 years.
But, up until now I think I’ve recorded more than 60-70 hours of (electronic) music.
Sometimes this music is really composed (working for days/weeks/months on a piece of music), but the last few years I mainly improvise. Sometimes only on piano, by playing completely new music for 1-2 hours, but I also like to switch on as many synthesizers as possible and just play(improvise) & record.

The composition that I’m sending you is from a 2-day recording session in last August, when I created 80+ minutes of music. The whole recording session wasn’t planned at all, but just ‘happened’ when I wanted to play 1 synthesizer that I hadn’t played for a long time. 1 synthesizer became 2, 3, etc. and in the end I was using my studio to the full.
This composition is the most tranquil of the whole session, but because the other songs in that session contained sequencers, I also wanted to create a short “interlude”.
The whole song is basically an improvisation, played in on several synthesizers at once in 1 take, except for the chords that start the song, which I had to play and improvise beforehand.
For me this composition is a good example how I prefer to make music in an honest way: just by playing a lot of synthesizers all at once, without using a computer.
In this I’m inspired by the way how Vangelis composes & creates his music.

  • The synthesizers that I used on this composition are:
  • Kawai PHm (opening chords)
  • Siel Cruise (synth piano)
  • Mark EK4 (bass strings)
  • Roland Juno-60 (arpeggiator 1)
  • Roland VP-330 (strings)
  • Korg Polysix (arpeggiator 2)
  • Korg MS-20 (noise effects)

Quelle: Künstler-Info, -Webseite Google+