Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

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Macmillan, Aug 16, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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In 2001 Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix and put it online to share with friends. Within weeks, Gold Teeth Thief became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to play a nightclub in Zagreb, a gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in Sao Paolo, and the American Museum of Natural History. Just as the music world made its fitful, uncertain transition from analog to digital, Clayton found himself on the front lines of creative upheavals of art production in the twenty-first century globalized world.

Uproot is a guided tour of this newly-opened cultural space. With humor, insight, and expertise, Clayton illuminates the connections between a Congolese hotel band and the indie-rock scene, Mexican rodeo teens and Israeli techno, and Whitney Houston and the robotic voices is rural Moroccan song, and offers an unparalleled understanding of music in the digital age.

 

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Contents

Confessions of a DJ
3
AutoTune Gives You a Better Me
26
How Music Travels
58
World Music 2 0
87
Red Bull Gives You Wings
116
Cut Paste
141
Tools
169
Loops
199
How to Hold On?
219
Active Listening
256
Acknowledgments
273
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About the author (2016)

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.

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