With the recent publication of his book Uproot: Travels In 21st Century Music and Digital Culture, Jace Clayton aka DJ / Rupture stands to add a whole new audience to the adventurous listeners that have been following his exploits since he burst on to the scene with Gold Teeth Thief in 2001. That release, with its prescient genre-mashing combinations of Missy Elliott, Middle Eastern music, drum ’n’ bass, reggae and more, was just the first of several projects Clayton used to connect the dots between geographically far-flung, but technologically connected musical tropes.
Back at the Loop summit in 2015, in what turned out to be a sort of preview to his book, Clayton gave a talk about the importance of cross-cultural systems of knowledge in today's networked digital reality. In the video below, he gives a behind-the-scenes tour of his Sufi Plug Ins project, a free suite of music software-as-art based on non-Western conceptions of sound. He also previews a performance on Wall Street that incorporates a cappella singing and stock market data sonification as well as demonstrating how Aztec-inspired ideas of nonlinear time are animating a new era in Mexican rave music.