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.