Brian Belet - Composer/Performer

Brian Belet lives in NW Oregon, 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, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, and Proceedings of the International Web Audio Conference. Belet retired from San Jose State University in 2020, where he was named President's Scholar in 2017.


Recent Compositions and primary performances
All compositions licensed through Broadcast Music, Inc. [BMI]

Stellar Nebulae, for chamber orchestra, was premiered on November 1, 2019 by Bridges, a string orchestra founded and led by Patricia Strange, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

A Strange Diversion, for Buchla analog and Kyma digital instruments (co-composed with Stephen Ruppenthal, 2017), was performed on the EM|3 Concert, Ball State University, February 6, 2018; SEAMUS 2018, Eugene, OR, March 2018; the Kyma International Sound Symposium, Santa Cruz, CA, September 2018; and at EMS60, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, November 2018.

Loose Canon, for any three instruments and Kyma, 2017.
Premiered by the SPLICE Ensemble at the SPLICE Festival 2018, January 27, 2018, in Kalamazoo, Mi. The SPLICE Ensemble performed the music again at the BEAMS Festival, Waltham, MA on March 16, 2018; and again at ICMC/NYCEMF 2019 at NYU, New York, NY on June 17, 2019.

Three by Five, for brass quintet (2016), was premiered by the Brass Act Quintet, April 10, 2018, at the Hammer Theater, San Jose, CA.
On that same April 10 concert Stephen Ruppenthal (flugelhorn) and I (viola; joined by SJSU violinist Sarah Jones) performed Allen Strange's Misty Magic Land, for any number of instruments and electronics.

System of Shadows, for trumpet & flugelhorn and Kyma processing, 2007
"Andromeda's Dream" (2nd mov't.), performed by Stephen Ruppenthal at Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA (March 2017).

Summer Phantoms: Nocturne, piano and fixed electronics, 2011
Performed by Keith Kirchoff at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (Feb. 2017).

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"Musique Concrète Choir: An Interactive Performance Environment for Any Number of People" (co-authored with William Walker, PhD).
Proceedings of the 2016 Web Audio Conference. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016.

"Birds of a Feather (Les Oiseaux de Meme Plumage): Dynamic Soundscapes using Real-time Manipulation of Locally Relevant Birdsongs (co-authored with William Walker, PhD.
Proceedings of the 2015 Web Audio Conference. IRCAM/Mozilla Corp., 2015.

"System of Shadows, an interactive performance environment for trumpet/flugelhorn and Kyma." (co-authored with Stephen Ruppenthal)
Proceedings of the 2010 International Computer Music Conference, pp. 34-40. International Computer Music Association, 2010.

"Theoretical and formal continuity in James Tenney's music"
Contemporary Music Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, Routledge, February 2008, pp. 23-45.

"Live performance interaction for humans and machines in the early twenty-first century: one composer's aesthetics for composition and performance practice."
Organised Sound, Vol. 8, No. 3, December 2003. Cambridge University Press. pp. 305-312.

"Compositional and programming issues within Lyra, a fully interactive performance environment for violin and Kyma system."
Proceedings of the 2003 International Computer Music Conference. International Computer Music Association, 2003. pp. 91-94.

Current News!

Sea Lion Mix (computer-processed sea lion sounds and voices, 2009) was programmed as part of the Earth Day Art Model telematic festival on April 22, 2020. Hosted by Indiana University, the festival streamed events by musicians, artists, writers, and dancers focused on the theme “Living with the Earth.” []

Drei Kinderstücke, for piano, has been published on the audio CD Anton Webern: Complete Piano Music and works inspired by them, Janis Mercer, piano. Centaur Records (CRC 3771), 2020.

Stellar Nebulae, three movements for chamber orchestra, was premiered on November 1, 2019 by Bridges, a string orchestra founded and led by Patricia Strange, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

The composition was recorded in Greece on October 24, 2019 by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, for a 2020 CD release of orchestral music on the PARMA Recordings label.

Jeffrey Jacob released his new CD Contemporary Eclectic Music for the Piano, Vol. 15 on the New Ariel Recording label, May 2019. My three piano preludes Pacific Rim are included on the disc, and he performs them wonderfully.

Loose Canon, for three performers and Kyma processing, was performed by the SPLICE Ensemble at ICMC/NYCEMF 2019 on June 17 at NYU in New York City. Conference/Festival details are posted at:
Special thanks to Mark Zaki for performing the Kyma TimeLine in my stead.

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Summer Phantoms: Nocturne
System of Shadows
Lyra was composed in 2002 for violinist Patricia Strange, and the work is dedicated to her. The violin environment contains several groups of isolated notated gestures. The score indicates set introductory and concluding gestures, with interior groups each containing several related gestures. The gestures within a group can be performed in any order, including repetition and omission. The violinist is invited to modify or improvise within any gesture, and can also react and respond to the real-time computer music layers during the performance. The Kyma environment includes real-time modification and resynthesis of the violin music. Both environments relate to, are affected by, and respond to each other, resulting in a unique realization for each performance. Lyra is recorded on Ghost Strings, Patricia Strange (violin), IMG Media, CD-02-01, 2006.