Composer - Performer - Sound Designer
B. Belet earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990, with an emphasis on algorithmic composition and software synthesis, and a minor emphasis on the history of tunings and temperaments. His published dissertation analyzed the music of James Tenney (1982-85 time span). His compositions, for acoustic and electro-acoustic media, have been widely performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia (including several ICMC, SEAMUS, EMM, KISS, NYC EMF, and SCI conferences/festivals). Prior to joining the SJSU faculty in 1994, Dr. Belet held faculty positions at Clark University (Massachusetts, 1990-94), Black Hills State University (South Dakota, 1987-89), and Arizona State University (1985-86). Dr. Belet was named the President's Scholar at SJSU in 2017.
Brian Belet lives in Campbell, California (USA), with his partner and wife Marianne Bickett. He performs with the ensemble SoundProof using Kyma, viola, and bass. His music is recorded on the Centaur, Capstone, Frog Peak Music, IMG Media, Innova, New Ariel Recording, PARMA/Ravello, SWR Music/Hänssler Classic, and the University of Illinois CD labels; with research published in Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound, Perspectives of New Music, and Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference. To finance this real world Dr. Belet works as Professor of Music at San Jose State University (SJSU).
Analog tape loop, constructed in the Clark University Electronic Music Studios, Massachusetts, 1994.
(Yes, it really worked!)