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, IMG Media, Innova, Frog Peak Music, 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).
Some more formal facts, for those who want more data:
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, a published dissertation on the music of James Tenney, with a minor emphasis on the history of tunings and temperaments. 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, and SCI conferences). 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).
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
I was gratified and honored to receive this local level recognition, and to be included with the list of notable individuals who preceded me with fellowship recognition in music composition.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I continue to compose. Besides sitting at my desk with pen and paper, I also perform with the ensemble SoundProof, using Kyma (a sound design syPstem), viola and bass. To support my life as an artist, I have a ?day job? as Professor of Music at San Jos? State University. Go to my website to hear some of my compositions: http://www.beletmusic.com/Compositions.html
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Be true to yourself and your art.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
dismally low funding for individuals