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Jace Clayton: Listening When God is in the Room

Lecture28 June 2016, 19:00Aula, Städelschule, Dürerstraße 10, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

What’s so special about experiencing sound in a packed club? Why does music sound better when God is in the room? How did supercomputers listening to geology improve pop music? In the lecture, Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture) will explore these questions. From personal stories of after-hours dancing in Boston and Jamaica to a discussion of Koranic recitation in Egypt. Listening audiences considered from the body, the earth below, and the heavens above. 

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in New York, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. 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. His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture will be published in August by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins, a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces; and The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a touring performance piece for grand pianos, electronics, and voice.

As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU for five years. Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, singer Norah Jones, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex). Clayton joined the Music/Sound faculty of Bard College’s MFA program in 2013 and is a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Literature fellow. More info at jaceclayton.com | @djrupture

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