Doug Bielmeier creates commercial drone and experimental electronic music tailored for boutique audiences and media. His 2017 release of “Betty and the Sensory World” on Ravello Records explores his technique of Windowing, which deals with the manipulation of found sound files by the stretching and compression of time, sample rate, bit depth, and window size. The layering and temporal placement of these windows create larger sonic landscapes for the creation of new musical works divorced of the source context. Bielmeier’s music has been described as, “hypnotically static yet ever moving within itself,” and not having, “a feeling of minimalism per se so much as an organicity of internal presence that rivets the listener through a natural world kind of difference and sameness in dialectic balance,” by Grego Applegate Edwards of Classical-Modern Music Review. Also, The Midwest Record explains Bielmeier’s music as “drone work that’s meant to shake you out of your shell of complacency.”

His love of combining technology and music was first cultivated while studying with composer Robert Carl (student of Iannis Xenakis) at the Hartt School of Music in the late 90s. In fact, Bielmeier’s music has been described as an extension of Xenakis’s early electroacoustic tape pieces. After going on to earn his masters in composition, Bielmeier shifted his attention to recording and popular music working as a staff engineer in Washington, DC and subsequently working as a freelance engineer in Nashville, TN. In Indianapolis, Bielmeier was a professor at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI and designer/manager of the C.L.E.A.R. Laboratory: designed for the creation, mixing, and mastering of new electronic works. Currently, Bielmeier is a professor at Northeastern University, Boston, and lives near his family in Somerville MA.

An advocate and practitioner of electronic music, Bielmeier has written several pieces that have been performed internationally including: The Circuit Bender’s Ball in Nashville, TN; The Brooklyn Arts Gym in Brooklyn, NY; The Art of Digital Show in San Diego, CA; The Illinois International Film Festival in St. Charles, IL; The Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival in Gainesville, FL; June in Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, and The Muse Gallery, London, UK. The mediums of his works include stereo and multi-channel tape, video, and live-instrument with computer. Though a loyal student of acoustics and technology, Bielmeier searches for the meaning and expressive quality sometimes ignored in electronic music.

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August 13, 2018
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Mind & Machine

Release Date: August 10, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7994
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Chamber
Electroacoustic
Electronic
MIND & MACHINE is the first of two electro-acoustic compilations to be released on RAVELLO RECORDS. Featuring the work of seven composers on six tracks, MIND & MACHINE explores the incredible range of works that can be categorized as electro-acoustic, a music in which styles are dictated by the technology that is at the heart of its performance. As far-ranging as are the works themselves are the composers of these pieces.
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Betty and the Sensory World

Release Date: August 11, 2017
Catalog Number: RR7972
21st Century
Avant-Garde
Electronic
Composer Douglas Bielmeier’s BETTY AND THE SENSORY WORLD is an enveloping musical work that soothingly twists time into a languid river of sound. Along these lines, BETTY AND THE SENSORY WORLD unfolds as one massive work that, though it may be marked in seven constituent sections, flows with very little delineation from one movement to another. This is not to say, however, that BETTY AND THE SENSORY WORLD is static or overly repetitive. Rather, Bielmeier’s creation simply exists on an atypically large scale, which demands the kind of gradual, almost furtive, evolution of musical ideas that characterizes this work.
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