Studio Ausland was founded by Derk Reneman (alias Roberto Auser) in 2003. Being able to draw from his extensive knowledge and experience regarding music production and visual design, Derk creates captivating audio-visual experiences and brings stories (worlds) to life with his prolific and colourful combination of music and sound design.

For his practice-based research on collaborative design and world building in music production he was awarded an MPhil by the Bournemouth University and a Master of Music by the Utrecht School of Arts (HKU). He currently holds a position as a senior lecturer in Communication and Design at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU) in the Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) department since 2010.