Meason Wiley is a musician, multimedia artist and fabricator based out of New Mexico. He received both his BFA and MFA in Music Technology (MTIID Program) from California Institute of the Arts, mentored by Dr. Ajay Kapur, Michael Darling, and Trimpin. Meason is currently a mechanical/kinetic/sound artist and designer for the immersive art/entertainment company Meow Wolf. In the seven years prior to Meow Wolf, Meason was a Professor of Music Technology at Austin Community College (MBPT Program) where he taught visual programming, sound design, audio synthesis, and live electronic music performance courses. He was also the ACC Makerspace Coordinator, training students in electronics, computer programming, and digital fabrication. Additionally, he was the founder/creator of the ACC Digital Art + Technology Forum, a monthly lecture/performance series that brought innovative visiting artists and technologists from all over the world to share, engage, and inspire both ACC students and the greater Austin creative community.
His personal work centers around the exploration of imperceptibility in nature and natural phenomena through various creative processes, including mechanical/kinetic design, robotics, generative systems, data sonification, and physical computing. In addition to his own work, Meason has been involved with the KarmetiK collective/think tank since 2009, a group of artists and engineers seeking to explore and redefine the boundaries between music, the visual arts, and technology.
As a musician, he has toured the US extensively, and has also lectured and presented work at NIME, SXSW-Interactive, the SXSW-Music Festival, the DubSpot/Ableton Forum, Meow Wolf: House of Eternal Return, Church of the Friendly Ghost, NMASS Art Festival, Austin Film Festival, The HouseCore Horror Film Festival, Levitation Fest, Link & Pin Gallery, Radical Abacus (Santa Fe), The Vortex (Austin), The Salvage Vanguard (Austin), PehrSpace (Los Angeles), Automata Arts (Los Angeles), Temescal Art Center (Oakland), Base Experimental Arts Space (Seattle), Walt Disney REDCAT, Mesa Festival, CalArts, Louisiana State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of San Diego, Texas State University, The University of Texas (Austin), and others. His work has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including ICMC, CMJ, NIME, Spin Magazine, Uncut Magazine, Rolling Stone, The LA Weekly, The LA Times, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin American Statesman, Create Digital Music, Synthwise, Synthtopia, Wired, and SXSW magazine.