Joe Jones

Joe Jones (1934 New York – 1993 Wiesbaden) was an American musician and artist, who participated in Fluxus. He is especially known for his creation of his “music machines”.

About Joe Jones

Joe Jones studied music composition and started as a jazz-drummer. But ‘with the name Joe Jones and being white’ there were not so many possibilities for him in the early 1960s, ‘since jazz was slowly dying in New York with only two active jazz clubs’.

He started studying experimental composition with John Cage and composition with Earle Brown, and they introduced him to Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles.

When in 1962 Higgins and Knowles went to Europe to participate in the Fluxus Festivals organised by George Maciunas, Jones rented their studio.

‘This was the time and the place where I constructed the first Music Machines. When they came back from Europe they found their loft full of Music Machines and they said to me, that they must be shown.’ (From: How We Met, AQ 16, 1977, pg. 54.)

Since then Jones participated in many of the Fluxus manifestations. He lived for years in Italy where he worked together with the publisher Francesco Conz.