Welcome to the website of Maurice Steenbergen. I research and apply audiovisual technology, sometimes with surprising results. This is where I share my experiences.


Music production

What I learned from not getting signed by Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is a legendary music producer from New York. He co-founded DefJam Records, which he started from his dorm room. He discovered and produced The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Run DMC, LL Cool J and Slayer. Rick Rubin is also the first producer to combine rap and rock when he paired Run DMC with Aerosmith to record Walk This Way, paving the way for Limp Bizkit, Korn and Linkin' Park. After he separated from DefJam and started American Recordings, he produced The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, System Of A Down and the classic American Recordings album by Johnny Cash. Rick had witnessed the upcoming rave scene in LA and responded by starting the “White Labels” label. Continue reading …


What I learned from producing a hit record in the early ’90s

I was only 19 years old in 1992 when I produced an international hit single. It only took a crazy idea, an Akai S-950 sampler and an Atari sequencer to write the ‘song.’ This ‘song’ was then released on 12" vinyl by a small but ambitious record store that started a label. The combination fueled the fire that spread this music style across the globe. Continue reading …


Video production

What I learned from creating an underground music documentary

In 2009 I got the idea to create a documentary about the early days of house and rave. I wanted to describe how electronic music evolved from the house sound of Chicago via the raw techno sound of Detroit to the hardcore techno we were creating in Rotterdam. I decided that the best way to do this was to have the original artists talk about their experiences. I drafted a list of artists that influenced me most as a music producer and asked them to tell their stories. This documentary ultimately became ‘Oldschool Renegades’. Continue reading …