James Perley is an American composer and interactive media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon and Berlin, Germany. He received his BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago and his first MFA in Design and Technology from San Francisco Art Institute. He continued his graduate education and research in music technology at Mills College in Oakland, CA where he also completed a second MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media.
James has studied and collaborated with several distinguished artists and composers including, Pauline Oliveros, Suzanne Ciani, Maggi Payne, Kate Short, Les Stuck, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff and Maya Smira (participant in Empire II, Veniza Biennial 2017. In 2013 James was awarded an independent study with Pauline Oliveros and worked on several projects and collaborations including Lead Program Director at the 2014 Whitney Biennial and performed with Oliveros in 2014 at the Berkeley Arts Museum (BAM). James has also scored various independent films for directors including Eliane Lima (Esquizo Filma) and George Kuchar.
After completing an extended residency at GlogauAIR in 2018, James was awarded an honorary residency at La Escocesa in Barcelona, Spain in 2019. James also works professionally in audio/visual post production, multimedia technology direction, graphic design and web design while operating The RendezVU and perley.design, a design and audio production facility located in the SW Hills or Portland, Oregon.
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