Uproot - Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture
|Author:||Jace Clayton, aka DJ Rupture|
In this exhilarating book, Clayton, aka DJ Rupture, guides readers on an international tour of various forms of music and music-making technologies within many cultures. Clayton travels to Morocco, for example, to find musicians using Auto-Tune, a technology that alters the pitch of recorded music or vocals; he discovers that the one element uniting the disparate uses of Auto-Tune is the voice itself, which asings out at the heart of the contest between what weave inherited and what we may yet become.a Clayton explores the ways that music travels these days and its international accessibility, observing that itas sometimes easier to buy Jamaican music in Japan than in Jamaica. He examines how corporate sponsorship compromises music, praising the band Fugazi for its resistance to such compromises and pointing to the band's success with a do-it-yourself approach to recording, distribution, and promotion. Clayton urges readers to embrace the power of music, recognizing its energetic and enduring capacity to capture and express shared emotions and to become a amemory palace with room for everybody inside.
Jace Clayton's essays have appeared in "The Washington Post," "Bidoun," "Frieze," " "and" FADER," where he is a regular contributor. As DJ /rupture, he has performed widely and released several critically acclaimed albums. He lives and works in New York City.