James Perley is an American composer and interactive media artist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR. 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 at Mills College in Oakland, CA where he also completed a second MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media.
He has studied and collaborated with several distinguished artists and composers including Maggi Payne, Kate Short, Les Stuck, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff and Maya Smira (participant in EMPIRE II, VENIZA BIENNIAL 2017). From 2013 to 2015 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. James has also scored various independent films for directors including Eliane Lima (Esquizo Filma) and George Kuchar.
James is currently completing his first solo electronic vinyl titled “CITY HAS NO STARS” and is investigating music residencies globally in music technology. James also works professionally in audio/visual post production, multimedia technology direction, graphic design and web design while operating The RendezVU, an electronic music recording studio and post production facility.