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 worldbuilding 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 lecturer in Communication and Design at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU) in the Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) department since 2010.
In addition, Studio Ausland is home of Ausland Records and the weird wide wonder world of Roberto Auser: Ausland. Building imaginary worlds has allowed new and surprising collaborations to emerge. Film, music, record sleeves, posters, photography, performances and other types of media are all starting points to engage with the weird wide narrative world of Ausland. Roberto Auser music and productions have been released through several renowned record labels such as Viewlexx, Enfant Terrible, Vrystaete, Pinkman, Charlois, Bearfunk (UK) and Nature (IT).