Monday, November 23, 2009

Solar Life Raft now LIVE on

For all you heads, the new album by DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek is now on here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Step Beyond Wrap Up: "Twisted Cumbia, Latin Gabba, and Space Steppers Delight"

Though lacking a cameo from Jason Voorhees, every DJ killed it (wokka wokka) at our One Step Beyond series this past Friday the 13th. FADER friends DJ/Rupture, Matt Shadetek and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Maluca and Sonido Martines took turns hijacking the makeshift dance floor at the planetarium. Whether you were way up front or sneaking into the Mammals of North America exhibit, Sonido Martines’ twisted cumbia was inescapable and Maluca’s insane party starting helped more than a few audience members get real loose. By the time Shadetek and Blakkamoore took the stage, half the audience were trading dance moves under space lights. The other half wandered the museum’s halls, indulging their grade school selves by finding out who weighed 69 pounds on Mars as DJ/Rupture closed out the night.

-Text and photo by TJ Kosinski

Here's the complete article.

New Solar Life Raft Music Video

directed by Sara Taigher. Medley of songs from DJ Rupture & Matt Shadetek's mix CD 'Solar Life Raft', out now on the Agriculture. itunes: | Amazon:

We also are happy to announce our youtube channel full of fun content: here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

XLR8R Review for Solar Life Raft.

Thanks to Justin, Andrew, Toph 1 (for the early support) and the whole XLR8R team in the Western Addition.

"From two of today’s most uniquely fascinating producers, Solar Life Raft arrives as less a mix than a statement of purpose: a repositioning of experimental bass music into the context of contemporary avant-garde artwork, as worthy of a gallery as the club. DJ /rupture has a storied history of meshing poets and sound artists with skull-crushing bass, but when joined with Dutty Artz compatriot Shadetek, Solar Life Raft relegates boundaries to irrelevance with surprising accessibility. Here experimental composers old (Luc Ferrari) and new (Nico Muhly) can meet dubstep’s finest (Shackleton, Stagga) while avant-poet Caroline Bergvall sits happily beside Gang Gang Dance. The result is strikingly exciting—something equally triumphant for dancer, smoker, or Tate Modern chin-stroker."

Here the link.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New York Magazine's Brooklyn Music Special

/Rupture included in the New York Mag Music special on Brooklyn.

Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /Rupture, is a one-man musical Venn diagram, linking up genres, people, styles, and beats. After seven years in Spain, he felt the call of “the land of caffeine and stress” and returned here, where he’s fallen for cumbia (something you’re more likely to hear in Nueva York than Barcelona). He also co-founded the Dutty Artz D.J. and production crew, hosts a show “Mudd Up!” on WFMU, and last year released the acclaimed Uproot mix tape. His follow-up, Solar Life Raft, with producer Matt Shadetek, is a homegrown affair, featuring everyone from Brooklyn art-rockers Gang Gang Dance to composer Nico Muhly.

Read more: Brooklyn's Sonic Boom - Q&A With Jace Clayton, A.K.A. DJ /Rupture -- New York Magazine here.

DJ /rupture’s Favorite Cities and Songs via Flavorpill

On his Twitter profile, DJ /rupture, aka Jace Clayton, lists “dj * writer * jetlag king” as his occupations. And though he’s best known as the turntable mastermind behind albums like Uproot and Special Gunpowder and his latest release with Brooklyn producer Matt Shadetek, he wouldn’t be much of a DJ without the latter gigs. All three are intertwined: he’s written regularly for magazines like The Wire and N+1; and his recent piece for the latter, which landed in the 2009 Best Music Writing compilation, begins “I’ve DJed in over 20 countries…”

Access to music from the third world may be easy via the Internet, but Clayton’s discovery is often firsthand. In addition to DJing in over 30 countries now, he has spent much of the last decade living in Barcelona. It was his desire to be “caffeinated” that brought him back to New York City, and that brought him to make his new album with Shadetek, Solar Life Raft, with local musicians like Gang Gang Dance, Telepathe, and Nico Muhly.

One place I haven’t been is Sub-Saharan Africa,” he told us when we asked where he’s heading next. “I’d love to go to Côte d’Ivoire, I’d love to check out Johannesburg. I’ve been invited to play in Africa and all over the place, but I can’t just up and go and hang out in Dakar for a couple weeks on my own dime. I’m too busy. But that’s where my curiosity is highest. I’m been to Brazil before to do a couple shows in Rio de Janeiro, which is less surprising than going to Africa would be, but it’s still a really incredible city, so I’m psyched to be going there again.”

Some of his best travel memories and the tracks they remind him of found here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

DJ /rupture + Matt Shadetek play American Museum of Natural History

Friday, Nov 13 9:00p
DJ /rupture + Matt Shadetek are playing their record release show for Solar Life Raft (the Agriculture) at the American Museum of Natural History. Matt will do a live set with drum machine & laptop with Jahdan Blakkamoore on vocals at times, and Rupture will do a 3-turntable mix. The two will not play together, but the overall vibe of the show will be an atmospheric heavy pulse designed to move dancefloors while submerging audiences in the seductively weird future of Solar Life Raft.

Album available at Amazon, iTune, Boomkat, and local heroes Halcyon

Friday, October 30, 2009

Urb Magazine shouts "Solar Life Raft"

"We've been long-time admirers of Brooklyn-based DJ /rupture for a while now, ever since the producer dropped 2001's Gold Teeth Thief complete with hip-hop, ragga and dancehall goodness (and well before 90210 gave him their improbable yet awesome shoutout). Last year's mellower Uproot ranked as one of the best albums of the year as well. Now mark your calendars for November 11, the day /rupture and Matt Shadetek's Solar Life Raft officially drops. After the two met on tour in Europe, they came back to New York to make beats together before producing Jahdan Blakkamoore's recently released debut Buzzrock Warrior. Recorded over the course of two days at Rupture's Brooklyn home studio, Raft is the product of two producers spending months building tracks and working out the remixes that would eventually make it on the album."

Full article here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Obama's Inauguration Poetress on new Agriculture CD.

In typical /Rupture and Shadetek stylee, the new Agriculture Release, "Solar Life Raft" includes a rainforest's ecology full of sound sources. Track 20, which is actually 3 songs in one ID includes: “Matty G, ‘Layin in Bed,’ DJ/Rupture f. Elizabeth Alexander, ‘Overture: Watermelon City (Acappella), Lloop, ‘Autumn Rain.’” Elizabeth Alexander spoke at Obama's Inauguration.

from Obama's inauguration:

"Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,

picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
brick by brick the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.

Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
others by first do no harm or take no more
than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?"

Fader covered the free MP3 (including another drop, Gang Gang Dance, “Bebey” (DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek Remix) here.

Download and enjoy...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

90210 loves DJ /Rupture?

90210 sites Rupture in the latest episode. The world keeps getting smaller, scratch that: weirder. Here's the link.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

NPR shouts out our latest release: DJ /Rupture "Uproot"

NPR showing the love on our latest release, DJ /Rupture "Uproot."
Cool radio podcast for your listening pleasure.

All Songs Considered on NPR.

Each summer, the Pitchfork Music Festival draws thousands of fans to Chicago to hear three day's worth of performances, by more than 40 bands. It's a mix of some of the best new and largely unknown, independent bands of the year. On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen talks with freelance reporter Jacob Ganz about some of the music Ganz discovered while covering this year's festival, which ended July 19.

Here's the link.

Friday, July 24, 2009

DJ /Rupture Interview at the Pitchfork Festival on NPR

Photo and Interview bu Jacob Ganz

Last year, Pitchfork called Jace Clayton's newest mix under the name DJ /rupture one of the 10 best records of 2008. Uproot is a dark and throbbing mix of alien sounds; hardly the kind of thing you'd expect to hear at an outdoor dance party in front of thousands.

The Brooklyn-based DJ/blogger/journalist knows how to make unfamiliar sounds alluring, but Clayton told me he felt like the odd man out at the festival. We talked behind one of the festival's main stages after The Walkmen played and as M83 was warming up, and he told me he wasn't familiar with either group. After our interview, he bolted the festival grounds to track down some of Chicago's cumbia record shops.

Dancing to /Rupture at the Pitchfork Festival

You told me earlier that you've played a bunch of festivals abroad, but that this was your first in the U.S. Did you change anything from your usual festival set?

JC: I'm the only DJ at this festival. Three days of music, I'm the only solo DJ on a stage mixing records. That's never happened to me before. So that's the main difference. The lean here is toward "indie" guitar music and away from electronic or club music, which are the circles I usually play in. I have two types of sets. One is a more dancefloor-oriented, kinetic, "let's get bodies moving," "from the ear to the waist" type of thing. And then I also do experimental sets with a guitarist, Andy Moor from The Ex. That's improvised turntables and guitar.

When you're putting together a set for the radio show, you know you've got a dedicated audience on the radio or web. Do you have to do anything different here to hold the audience's attention?

What I do on the radio has nothing to do with what I do on stage. When I DJ, I use a mixer with effects built in and three turntables, and I'm deeply immersed in the music. On the radio show, I play one song after the other. I talk between songs; it's more of a forum for sharing things I find interesting.

There is an element of that in your DJ sets, though.

But on the radio, I can play 10 minutes of very quiet electro-acoustic music from Tehran and get on and talk about it after. I can't do that on stage.

Wait, how exactly do you go about finding electro-acoustic music from Tehran?

[Laughs] Open ears. I'm very curious about a lot of music, and I spent a lot of time scouring CD and vinyl shops when I was growing up. That's happening less these days, but when I travel, I always try to go and see what's new. Electro-acoustic music from Tehran is easy. That's on Sub Rosa, a medium to small European experimental label. Finding music in 2009 is a real mix of going somewhere and talking to people face to face, and then of course the online stuff.

Tell me about a couple of songs in your set that you know will get a reaction -- something that will get people moving, or really shock them.

I like to mix shocking songs in, but I have a good feeling about what will get people moving. A DJ has to be quite sensitive to issues of context. I played a cumbia remix with an Ol' Dirty Bastard sample. You can dip into these moments of recognition with a sample or well-known song, but what I like to do when I DJ is take that energy when people have those moments and pull them into something totally unfamiliar. From my point of view, a lot of being a good DJ is that give-and-take relationship with the audience. You don't want to alienate them, but at the same time, it's quite boring if you're only playing Madonna remixes with a Baltimore break underneath. Which many DJs can tour the world doing, but to me, that's just stagnant and uninteresting. It's okay, but only if you're using that familiarity as an entrance to go deeper. The most exciting thing is, when you can, you get 5,000 people dancing to something they've never, ever heard before.

I heard some music from your most recent record, Uproot, during your set. It's a slow, moody record. Will your next record be similar?

This November, I'm putting out a follow-up that's maybe a little more rough around the edges. Uproot was my most emotionally and sonically focused record. And part of that was that it was 100 percent legally licensed. So I couldn't put in the mainstream stuff. But I certainly keep moving. If you had caught me DJing five years ago, I would have sounded radically different.

People can hear some of the mixes you made online, right?

I did a mixtape called Gold Teeth Thief in 2001 that had a lot more mainstream stuff. That's still online for free. I did another one called Minesweeper Suite that's noisy drum-and-bass. But genres rise and fall, so I try to go for a dynamic that's beyond that. I think my fans understand that I'm a moving target, and they like that. Today's set was a show to get people moving in a park. Uproot was a headphone record or a car record. A subwoofer record.

Tell me a little bit about making Uproot. Where did you find the music on it, and did you try to keep to a specific tone?

The reason I started doing Uproot was that I realized I had a lot of friends doing music with a lot of bass and a lot of space, taking on these ideas of club music in the late 2000s and pushing that. First, I asked a cellist/composer I work with named Jenny Jones to write a string quartet for this mix, so that was the seed of Uproot. And the record just grew around that. I'm lucky in that I know a lot of people who send me music. The new record continues in that direction. I mixed it with my musical partner, Matt Shadetek, so we reached out to a bunch of Brooklyn people like Gang Gang Dance and Telepathe and did remixes of their songs. We have a Brooklyn vocalist called Jahdan Blakkamoore and we produced two tracks with him. I tried to pull in friends of mine. Elizabeth Alexander, who read at Obama's inauguration; she's on there, as well. So it's almost a hybrid between a mix and a producer album.

Have you seen anything here at the festival that made you excited?

Musically, I'm kind of an odd duck here, but the thing that's made me most excited is the lack of corporate sponsorship. That's really fantastic. If this were in Europe, there'd be beefy security with headsets on and this would be the X-beer company stage. That one would be the X-energy drink stage. And there would be a huge glowing soft-drink logo behind you while you DJ. Maybe not that bad, but the presence of big trans-national companies at festivals of this size. So to see this happening here in Chicago with nothing like that -- the local beer is sponsoring that -- translates to the atmosphere. It's just a day in the park.

There aren't even Pitchfork signs.

Yeah, that's kind of amazing. It's like the indie aesthetic writ large. This success story of a guy who started this in his basement which turned into a media juggernaut. But there's a DIY, you-can-do-it-too feeling. That's really encouraging.

Here the NPR piece.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DJ /Rupture at the Pitchfork Festival

Chicago July 17-19. Balance Stage. 4:30 PM Sunday.
Here's the link.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Lloop and qpe Albums, Free MP3s, Reviews

Our friends at Textura review the new Lloop and qpe albums:

"We've been diggin' The Agriculture's choice beats for many years and so are naturally delighted that two of the Brooklyn-based label's artists, Lloop (Rich Panciera) and qpe (Kacy Wiggins) were willing to contribute Top 10s to this month's issue. Many will be familiar with the work Philadelphia native Panciera produced in the early-'90s as a key figure in New York's so-called "illbient" scene and as one-third of WE™—the other members Once 11 (Ignacio Platas) and DJ Olive (Gregor Asch)—and Liminal, a collaboration with DJ Olive and guitarist Danny Blume. Though Pancier's built up an extensive discography filled with compilation, group, and guest appearances, his solo output has been modest, with the new dubstep-influenced 60 Hertz the long-gestating follow-up to 2001's Bulbbs. Concurrent with Lloop's new release is Wiggins' own latest qpe chapter, the one true constant, which arrives three years after Gentrified. The new disc finds Wiggins further refining his "Hip Hop Nouveau" style which, in keeping with the quiet personal electronics (qpe) name, offers a soothing antidote to the excessively complex and overly dense music-making one might find elsewhere."

Free downloads of:

Lloop: "Lei-tzu"
(60 hertz, The Agriculture)

qpe: "Holographic Principle"
(the one true constant, The Agriculture)

Here's the complete review.

Lloop and Kacy also put together play lists --- check that here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Agriculture Showcase May 1 in Brooklyn

It's been a long while since we had all the fellas in one place...

Friday May 1

Beyond Booking presents


Jace Clayton aka DJ /Rupture has been one of our favorite DJ's
for a very long time. He played a few impressive sets at
Spinoza's Undercity event at the old Halcyon space on Smith
Street around 2000-2002. In 2001, he put out the Gold Teeth Thief
mix, which caused a global stir and really put him on the map.
Since then, he's done several mixes for Tigerbeat6 and Violent
Turd. Although best known for his mixes, Jace is also a very
talented producer who has put out amazing albums for The
Agriculture and Tigerbeat. He is also one of the most interesting
music bloggers out there, and hosts an essential weekly radio
show on the greatest radio station in the world, WFMU. 2008 was a
big year for /Rupture. His "Uproot" mix CD on The Agriculture
garnered wide critical praise, making it into Pitchfork's top 10
albums of 2008 and Resident Advisor's top 5 compilations. Jace
hasn't played at set at The Bunker since he tore the roof off of
The Bunker 4 Year Anniversary Party at subTonic (one of the
final, and best parties we ever had down there).

Also joining us will be The Agriculture co-founder Gregor Asch
aka DJ Olive The Audio Janitor. We could go on and on and on
about his many accomplishments, but here's the short list:
founded WE and played a huge role in the Brooklyn underground art
party scene in the 90s, founded Phonomena Thursdays at subTonic
(the party that introduced us to that magical space) in 1999,
founded the Agriculture label with James Healy in 2003, showed
work at the Venice and Whitney Biennials, and recorded and toured
with a mind boggling list of notable experimental musicians.
Olive was one of the first people Spinoza met upon moving to NYC
12 years ago, and has remained a constant inspiration and good
friend ever since.

Raz Mesinai aka Badawi is another key member of The Agriculture
family. He first made a splash in the mid-90s as one half of the
seminal Sub Dub duo with John Ward. Their early releases are
still very much relevant and worth digging out (in fact, The
Agriculture re-released some of their best material earlier this
decade). His many albums as Badawi are some of the best
electronic dub and just plain otherworldly unclassifiable music
we've ever heard. He's gone on to play with many of the most
notorious downtown musicians, had his original music performed at
Carnegie Hall by Kronos Quartet, and has released albums on John
Zorn's Tzadik album. He has recently been embraced by the
dubstep community, and even released a remix on the latest Skull
Disco compilation. Tonight, he treats us to a rare live dub set
as Badawi.

Kacy Wiggins aka quiet personal electronics (qpe) is a subtly
profound composer whose reputation as a live performer and
soulful soother of the frenetic New Yorker has earned him a solid
following. His music takes off from instrumental hip-hop,
stealthily skirting the no-fly zones of excessive complexity and
over-production around much of IDM and trip hop, to land in a new
sonic terrain: Hip Hop NouveauLike the man behind the beats,
qpeís music reflects a quiet, understated, yet undeniably funky
style, one that brings out a diverse crowd, women and men of all

[a]pendics.shuffle (Adjunct, Mo's Ferry, Orac, We Are | Berlin) live
Convextion aka E.R.P. (Down Low, Matrix | Dallas) live
Derek Plaslaiko (The Bunker, Spectral | Queens)
Spinoza (Beyond, The Bunker | Brooklyn)

DJ /Rupture (The Agriculture, Soot, Dutty Artz | Brooklyn)
DJ Olive (The Agriculture, room40 | Brooklyn) live
Badawi (The Agriculture, ROIR, Skull Disco| NYC) live
qpe (The Agriculture | NYC) live

Kenneth James Gibson (best known as [a]pendics.shuffle) is a man
of many personas. Keeping up with him can be a time consuming,
yet rewarding venture into sound. As soon as you think you know
him and can grasp what's going on, he puts on yet another mask
and becomes something else. Always a surprise and never a let
down, he gives us what we want but donít expect. A rare stone in
todayís musical climate, Ken is rolling and collects no moss.
Over the years, [a]pendics has released music on a ton of labels,
including his own Adjunct, Dapayk's Mo's Ferry, Caro's Orac,
Agaric's We Are, Adultnapper's Ransom Note, Matt Tolfrey's
Leftroom, and Big Bully's Mineral. Ken has a ton of new
[a]pendics.shuffle productions that will see the light of day
soon, as well as the mighty impressive Bell Gardens debut album.
Bell Gardens is Ken's new project with Brian McBride of Stars of
the Lid. We've heard the demo, and think it's safe to say that
the album will blow minds and get a ton of attention when it gets

Gerard Hanson (aka Convextion) hails from the unlikely
environments of Dallas, Texas. His productions have reflections
with the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction sound, and his inspirations
include Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Stefan Robbers, Red Planet and
Carl Craig. He released his first 12" in 1995. From 1995-1997, he
released 5 ep's, and then only 2 more in the next 6 years. Tracks
from his first releases were licensed to some big mix CD's and he
never got paid, which soured him on the msuic industry. After
that, other labels approached him but just wanted more of the
same and didn't really seem to understand his sound. After a
couple years of making music that nobody got to hear, the label
Down Low convinced him to start releasing his music again. His
current live set draws material from both his deep techno
Convextion alias, and his electro-edged E.R.P. (Event Related
Potential). Gerard remained willingly anonymous from the tieme
of his debut in 1995 until his debut European Live performance
in London in April 2006. While he occasionally comes out to play
amazing events like the Labyrinth festival in Japan and Bloc
Weekend in the UK, his live performances are still quite rare,
and we are honored that he has agreed to play for us at The

WARNING: Public Assembly has strict security at the door. No matter
how old you are or how often you come to the Bunker, please bring
government ID with you from now on to avoid conflict at the door.
You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

DJ /rupture on XLR8R TV

Since his mixtape heard 'round the world, Gold Teeth Thief, dropped in 2001, Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) has become well-known for telling us what we should be listening to. For the past couple years, he's been knee-deep in cumbia and Latin beats. Here, he teaches us about cumbia and takes us to bootleg CD shops in San Francisco's Mission District to sort the wheat from the chaff—hardly an easy feat in the world of digital piracy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Artforum Review of National Gallery Gig

"GORGEOUS THOUGH THEY WERE, the cherry blossoms that literally burst into bloom last Thursday were not what brought a swarm of New York art moths to the newly kindled flame of Washington, DC. I speak not of the Obamas’ fire but of the candlepower of Multiverse, an LED light sculpture by Leo Villareal newly installed in the National Gallery of Art.

“This is the best party we’ve ever had here,” Fleischman said, heading for the moving walkways running back and forth within the twinkly Multiverse tunnel that took us to the dessert tables on the other side. What they usually get is far more boring, he noted, all Supreme Court judges and lobbyists at a formal, sit-down, black-tie dinner. And the DJ isn’t usually composer James Healy, a sometime Villareal collaborator who created a live mix of “early techno,” as Force put it.

left to right: Agriculture label boss James Healy, Leo Villareal and Yvonne Force, The Artist's Work

Here's the complete review.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Double Dutch Finals for the Triboro

Double Dutch, which involves jumping through a daunting skein of twin ropes twirling simultaneously, was said to have been brought to New York centuries ago by Dutch settlers to the burgeoning town of New Amsterdam. On more modern city streets and sidewalks, double Dutch evolved into a game shared by generations of New Yorkers, primarily girls.

Full article here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Photography of the Industrial Fringes of NYC.

Nathan Kensinger's Photography is beautiful and haunting.
Here's the link.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

11:11 Radio from Australia

Listen here

From our friend Jennifer Tao in Sydney, and new radio set for 11:11 and Plum Industries.

Playlist 02/02/09
1. Francisco López & Lawrence English - Untitled #175 [ HB/Baskaru ]
2. Severed Heads - That That Revolves [ Experimental Music: Audio Explorations In Australia ]
3. Lloop - ODB Scripta Elegans [ 60 Hertz/The Agriculture ]
4. Benga - Go Tell Them [ Diary Of An Afro Warrior/Tempa ]
5. Benga - 26 Basslines [ Diary Of An Afro Warrior/Tempa ]
6. qpe - Degrees of Freedom [ the one true constant/The Agriculture ]
7. Lloop - 22 Degrees (Sun Dogs) [ 60 Hertz/The Agriculture ]
8. Symbiosis Orchestra - Live At Fabbricaeuropa, Florence 1 [ Live Journeys/Baskaru ]
9. Joe Frawley - Mistress of Ceremonies [ Ritual Research/Clinical Archives ]
10. Robbie Avenaim - Bodyrocking [ Rhythmic Movement Disorder/Room40 ]
11. Joe Frawley - Inquiry [ Ritual Research/Clinical Archives ]
12. qpe - Fulcrum [ Boolean Logic/The Agriculture ]
13. Bai Tian - In [ Ya Ji/Kwan Yin Records ]

Jennifer Teo (Sydney)

Happy New Year folks and welcome to the first show for 2009!!

Several new releases are featured this month including the opening track Untitled #175 by Francisco López and Lawrence English, from the album HB on French label Baskaru. Also new from Baskaru is Live Journeys, a selection of live performances by mixed-media band Symbiosis Orchestra.

The podcast title Mistress of Ceremonies is a track from the new Joe Frawley release Ritual Research. An extremely enjoyable listening experience, the album is available for free download through the Clinical Archives net label (

From our friends at The Agriculture we have two exciting new releases to look forward to in February. Rich Panciera under his Lloop moniker explores elements of dubstep, hip hop and drum and bass with the album 60 Hertz. Kacy Wiggins aka quiet personal electronics (aka qpe), releases 'the one true constant', a new album with a downtempo ambient hip hop groove. Also from qpe we hear a track from the album Boolean Logic, which I refer to as my all-time-favourite pre-cyclone music.

From Australia, we hear a track from Rhythmic Movement Disorder (Room40), the long awaited debut solo release from Robbie Avenaim, a luminary figure in the Australian experimental and improvised music scene.

We also hear a golden oldie, 'That That Revolves', a Severed Heads track that features on the companion CD to a new book release entitled "Experimental Music: Audio Explorations In Australia". Book chapters have been written by 'artists, producers and participants in alternative music-making' in Australia including contributions from Julian Knowles, Shannon O'Neill, Ian Andrews and Jim Denley, to mention a few, edited by Gail Priest. A definite must have for those interested in the history of experimental and electronic music in Australia. I was thrilled that Punos rated a mention (thanks Seb Chan).


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

DJ /Rupture Europe Dates

Jan 29 Paris, FR. with Maga Bo, CIA Africa

Jan 30 Graz, Austria. Disko404. with Joker.

Jan 31 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Channel Zero

Feb 6 Berlin. dj set, Audio Poverty

Feb 7 Berlin. roundtable talk with Kodwo Eshun, Audio Poverty

Thursday, January 22, 2009

U.S. Secretary of the Arts

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect
Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other
countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for
centuries, The United States has never created such a
position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the
arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this
important petition and then pass it on to your friends and

Please sign this petition and forward it to friends.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mosquitoe's ‘Harmonic Convergence’

Male mosquitoes are attracted by the flight sounds of conspecific females. In males only, the antennal flagellum bears a large number of long hairs and is therefore said to be plumose. As early as 1855, it was proposed that this remarkable antennal anatomy served as a sound-receiving structure. In the present study, the sound-induced vibrations of the antennal flagellum in male and female Aedes aegypti were compared, and the functional significance of the flagellar hairs for audition was examined. In both males and females, the antennae are resonantly tuned mechanical systems that move as simple forced damped harmonic oscillators when acoustically stimulated. The best frequency of the female antenna is around 230 Hz; that of the male is around 380 Hz, which corresponds approximately to the fundamental frequency of female flight sounds. The antennal hairs of males are resonantly tuned to frequencies between approximately 2600 and 3100 Hz and are therefore stiffly coupled to, and move together with, the flagellar shaft when stimulated at biologically relevant frequencies around 380 Hz. Because of this stiff coupling, forces acting on the hairs can be transmitted to the shaft and thus to the auditory sensory organ at the base of the flagellum, a process that is proposed to improve acoustic sensitivity. Indeed, the mechanical sensitivity of the male antenna not only exceeds the sensitivity of the female antenna but also those of all other arthropod movement receivers studied so far.

Mosquitoe Antennae

Monday, January 12, 2009

Podcast: DJ Olive Digs Into His Dub Collection

DJ Olive Dub Wire: Foggy Road Mix
random selections from Olive's dub shelves.
Here's the podcast.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DJ Olive Interview and Live Set

solipsistic NATION No. 75: DJ Olive, Live

Here's an interview and set from the archives. Talks with Olive about the tour in Perth and Tasmania that led to the release of DJ Olive "Live in Tasmania" and a wicked live set from that time period.

Here's the link.