Dutch composer and electronic music pioneer Dick Raaijmakers was born in Maastricht on 1 September 1930. He studied piano at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Early in his career he worked in electroacoustic research at Philips in Eindhoven, generating the first ever examples of electronically produced pop music. After a spell working at Utrecht University, he worked with Jan Boerman in his own electronic music studio in The Hague. He co-founded STEIM - the studio for electro-instrumental music - in Amsterdam.
His music covers a wide range of styles and genres.
Until retiring in 1995 he taught music theatre, electronic and contemporary music at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
Raaijmakers died on 4 September 2013, aged eighty-three.