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Episode 05: Understanding the Interactive Arts: a Conversation with Jose Veliz

In today’s episode, Jose Veliz will share some of the innovative and creative results he got while exploring new potential in technology to make his interactive projects. He is one of the rare composers and artists who allow the audience to join the conductor in leading the orchestra and navigating the music flow. His music was used in the art film Kaleidoscope, while his Music United project was an event where several bands and artists performed simultaneously from different locations. Moreover, some of his creations include interactive applications that one can use to create sound and light. Also, Jose and I did a few projects together, so we discussed our collaborative work today.

About Jose Veliz

Jose Veliz is an award-winning composer, performer, interactive artist, and technologist from Guatemala, currently based in South Florida. Throughout his childhood, he lived in Guatemala, Brazil, and Mexico and eventually moved to the US. He has written musical compositions and arrangements for live performances, films, and other media and has performed as a pianist and conductor in various settings. In recent years, Jose has been experimenting with interactive art, developing the tool that engaged listeners and brings them closer to sound creation. His objective is to develop further engagement and understanding of unique musical genres by allowing audiences to be immersed and become a part of the music performance.

Jose earned a Bachelor’s in Music Media Writing and Production at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music with a certificate in Classical Piano Performance. He specialized in Music Technology at Florida International University. He was awarded multiple grants, and the most notable came from a Knight New Work Winner, Young Arts Winner and New Music USA. He is the founder of InterART Labs, a company that creates interactive video platforms, interactive concerts, and immersive installations.

Jose’s book recommendation to our listeners

Composing Interactive Music (Techniques and Ideas Using Max) by Todd Winkler

Find more about Jose Veliz and his work


Choices – Interactive orchestral composition

Kaleidoscope – Art Film Score

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Pedja Kovačević

Pedja Kovačević is a Serbian-born musicologist, concert producer, and music producer who founded Soundologia. He moved to the United States in 2018 and graduated in Music Management and Production from Florida International University's School of Music. Pedja has extensive experience in music education, music business, and audio production. He has taught a course on experimental and electro-acoustic music at FIU's School of Music, overseeing concerts and handling sound and tech duties. He has worked as a program coordinator and music administrator at various music and arts schools in Miami.

As a musicologist and music writer, Pedja has published articles on music and presented studies at international conferences and forums in the U.S., Poland, Greece, and Serbia. His writings explore the relationship between music and other art forms, such as painting, architecture, poetry, prose, and photography. In one of his papers, Pedja presents a new perspective on the aesthetic aspects of sound through Deep Listening, a concept introduced by American composer Pauline Oliveros. Pedja promotes experimental and electronic music and with his guests discuss their experimental music projects.

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