10/14/15 - 10/28/15. NYC. Silas Riener will perform his evening-length solo dance work "Blue Name" featuring a reactive score by your Jesse Stiles. I'm so excited for this! Silas is an incredible thinker and mover and it's been joy working with him. We developed the score over the summer whilst Artists in residence at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. The score makes use of Kinect depth sensors to interpret Silas' movement and interpolates between various sound states using machine learning algorithms. That sounds pretty nerdy so please let your Jesse Stiles assure you it sounds awesome. There's also a section of the dance where Silas plays a bunch of old 78's I found in a junk shop, and the records skip in all kinds of amusing and beautiful ways, an account of strings and Silas jumping around on the floor. So it's a combination of maximally high and low tech. You can watch me and Silas talk about it here. More info on the performances here. NYTimes write-up here. Tickets here. I'll be there on 10/14 and 10/16, see you there maybe?
3/19/15. My army of robotic toy pianos will be on display in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University through June.
8/1/14. Your Jesse Stiles is very pleased to be joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he now serves as Assistant Teaching Professor of Sound Media. Since joining the faculty I have constructed a large, windowless space, with many loudspeakers and blinking lights, and have established a new group of courses on emerging music technologies.
7/1/14. The 2014 Whitney Biennial will feature Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Room, a sound installation powered by her Expanded Instrument System (EIS). EIS has been in continuous development since 1965 - the current version exists as software created in the Max programming environment. I have been part of the programming team working on EIS since 2005 or so, and am thrilled to see this innovative sound processing system featured at the Whitney.