Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton lives and works in New York City. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South.

A rigorous conceptual framework grounds each project it moves across areas as diverse as software design, sculptural objects, or performance. As DJ /rupture, he has performed widely and released several critically acclaimed albums. He is currently writing a book on 21st century music and global digital culture for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In spring 2012, Clayton released Sufi Plug Ins v1.0, a free suite of audio software tools based on non-western/poetic conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces. In 2013 he debuted The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a performance piece that restages two Julius Eastman compositions using pianos and real time electronic processing, accompanied by a new libretto about the job search for an Eastman impersonator. The album version was released by New Amsterdam. Clayton recently left the air after a five year run of his weekly radio show on WFMU. Performing as DJ /rupture, Clayton has DJ’ed in a band with Norah Jones, done two John Peel Sessions, and was turntable soloist with the 80-member Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at Bard’s MFA program.