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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

As DJ /Rupture, Jace Clayton has spun music all over the world in every imaginable kind of venue (including not only big arenas but also, once, a refrigerated truck) and released several critically acclaimed albums. He’s also one of the most gifted writers about musical culture that Jason has ever read. His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture digs deep into the back-bins of hyper-local musical traditions and zooms out to take in the whole shifting global landscape.

This conversation delves deep into the ways music disseminates and morphs in our digitally connected world, originality in cut-and-paste culture, and the fragility of beauty and culture. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode: Bill Burnett on Brainstorming Innovative Ideas, Jonathan Harris on Social Networks and Human Connection, Mary Aiken on Trump as an Internet Troll

Jace Clayton Quote: For real change to happen it has to operate by its own rules. It has to be something wild that can almost be perceived as noise.  For me it’s less about aiming far from the center, and more about––like with music––listening to very different types of music that operate by very different rules. And when all those gather in the same space in my brain, generating connections between them. Or reading very far-flung things, or being friends with very different types of people…the full frequency, full bandwidth information you get from an interesting conversation or a walk down the street. It’s always going to have these interesting contradictions in what you expect. I like to focus the moments of surprise and think “this system is more complex than I thought.” And let that complexity flow into me.

 

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