Steven Whiteley is a nomadic composer, sound artist & transmedia artist. He is interested in exploring the perception of the self and embodied and fragmented consciousnesses in the context of internet culture and the age of the Anthropocene, as well as engaging with Buddhist, particularly Zen, philosophy and ideas.
His works have been awarded, performed and exhibited at such venues as The Kitchen (New York, New York), Smock Alley Theater (Dublin, Ireland), Paralelní Polis (Prague, Czech Republic), Casa Cava (Matera, Italy), Mise En Place (Brooklyn, New York) at festivals and conferences such as the MATA Festival, Dublin Music Current Festival, WOCMAT 關於 International Conference on Computer Music & Audio Technology, Los Angeles Emerging Artist's Festival (LAEAF), MA/IN Matera Intermedia Festival (received Honorary Mention Award), Mise En Music Festival, Echofluxx 18, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (MCML), National Student Electronic Music Event (N_SEME), and others. He was a visiting composer at the Music & Erotics Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, composer in residence at I-Park Inc. in East Haddam, CT, and has been active as a performer in the New York and Montreal DIY music scenes, having toured Europe, the UK, Canada, and the USA with a number of different projects.
He studied composition at Mannes Pre-College in New York, where he studied with Eleanor Cory, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in composition and religious studies from McGill University in Montreal, where he studied with Melissa Hui, Philippe Leroux, and John Rea. He spent the past two years in residential monastic training, living between Zen Buddhist Monasteries, Upaya Zen Centre (NM), Green Gulch Zen Centre (CA), and Great Vow Zen Monastery (OR). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he is active with a new experimental/electronic duo project Liila.
"caused the feeling of an echoing cry...a great performance art piece!" – The Theatre Times
"...convincingly explored the relationship of syllables and words to gestures and to the sonic environment...gripping stuff..." – An EarFul
"[explores] subtlety and sophistication of sonic manipulation... a kind of emotional rollercoaster..." – The Irish Times