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Stiles attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for graduate school, studying electronic art and music under Pauline Oliveros, Curtis Bahn, and Igor Vamos. Before attending graduate school Stiles was a Watson fellow, recording his first full-length album Watson Songs while traveling in India and England.
Following RPI, Stiles moved to a textile factory in DeRuyter, New York, and entered a period of great creativity, creating many of the works that would go to fill his first solo art show "Automatic Speleology".
In 2010 Stiles was hired as the Music Coordinator for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Working with the company during their Legacy Tour, he produced and performed in concerts featuring the works of many experimental composers including John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and John Paul Jones. Stiles' compositions were featured in many of the company's site-specific "Event" performances.
Stiles has provided music and sound design for a variety of feature films, short films, documentaries, and exhibitions. He has scored five video game titles for the radical design group Molleindustria. Stiles has recorded and produced records released by Conrex Records, Specific Recordings, and Gagarin Records.
- "Deja Rendez Vous"(2009)
- "Automatic Speleology" (2010)
- "The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner" (with The Poyais Group) (2011)
- "Watson Songs" (The Jesse Stiles 3000, Conrex Records, 2003)
- "The Target Museum" (Specific Recordings, 2010)
- "The Ruined Map" (Technical Drawings, Gagarin Records, 2011)
- "Forty Minutes and Eleven Seconds" (Takehisa Kosugi, Christian Wolff, David Behrman, John King, Jesse Stiles, 2011)
- "Jesse Stiles releases on Discogs".
- "Jesse Stiles appearances on Discogs".
- "Jesse Stiles production credits on Discogs".
- "Jesse Stiles on IMDB".
- "Review of solo exhibition by Jesse Stiles".
- "New York Times article about location-based music projects".
- "Data on Jesse Stiles from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute". Archived from the original on 2012-12-24.
- "Profile of Jesse Stiles in Jerk Magazine". Archived from the original on 2011-08-24.
- "Review of MCDC "Event" performance featuring music composed by Jesse Stiles".
- "Review of MCDC performance featuring music composed by Jesse Stiles". Archived from the original on 2012-09-03.
- "Program for performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company during their Legacy Tour" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-30.
- "Website of The Poyais Group".
- "Review of exhibition by The Poyais Group".
- "Article about The Poyais Group".
- "Article about live video performance".
- "Curatorial statement about exhibition" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-09.
- ""Watson Songs" on Discogs".
- ""The Target Museum" on Discogs".
- ""The Ruined Map" on Discogs".
- ""Forty Minutes and Eleven Seconds" on Discogs".