Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Arkives
Over the past twenty years Richie Hawtin has been one of electronic music community’s most active participants; as a DJ, a label owner, a producer, a performer, and an avid contributor to the development of music and performance technology. His accomplishments range from having been named the ‘World’s Best DJ’ in the most credible electronic music polls; to being invited to compose music for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics; to exhibiting a sound installation for the French Ministry of Culture’s Millennium Exhibition in Avignon, France. He has also invested in, endorsed, and help develop some of the most forward-thinking products in the electronic music space including Native Instrument’s pioneering Traktor Scratch software, number one dance music digital retailer Beatport.com, the Tonium Pacemaker portable DJ system, and Allen & Heath’s limited edition custom CTRL:92 DJ mixers – the first-ever to be fully Midi-enabled, which both he and his father helped to conceptualize and design. This year he revived his incredible Plastikman show in unique festival settings in conjunction with his custom SYNK iPhone application at Sonar, Coachella and Movement Electronic Festival in Detroit in the U.S. just to name a few.
Richie Hawtin’s PLASTIKMAN alias is synonymous with blurring the concept of performance and experience, with stripping back the boundaries between music and technology and merging artist and audience. With Plastikman Live in 2010 and its mind-bending melting pot of sound and light, music fans were introduced to a world-first in electronic music performance: the SYNK app allowed the audience to experience Richie Hawtin’s audio-visual manipulations on their mobile devices in a new and personal way. It even allowed the audience to interact with his audio computer and the sound coming from the speakers themselves at certain points in the show. Remiix is part of this natural progression of immersing the audience further into the spectacle, an opportunity for music fans to interact with, manipulate and Remiix both classic PLASTIKMAN material and newer reinterpretations.
With Remiix: Plastikman Replikants, Richie Hawtin is setting the tone for Liine’s new interactive music concept. The Remiix series of apps for iPhone and iPad, created alongside forward-thinking artists, allows users to experience music in a completely new way. Instead of being recorded and rigid, the music is delivered in parts alongside all the tools needed to put it back together or recombine it, irrespective or whether you are a studio pro or novice.
With this first in the Remiix series, Richie Hawtin offers loops and parts from classic PLASTIKMAN tracks as well as from remixes specially commissioned for Replikants (part of the extensive ARKIVES package) plus bits and pieces discovered in the hidden depths of his studio. This is the user’s opportunity to combine things that were never intended to be combined and to twist things into even deeper, darker, stranger places
Remiix: Plastikman Replikants will whet appetites for the ARKIVES box set (available for pre-order on http://www.plastikman.com/arkives/), as well as give insight into the future of interactive music and of Remiix. Arkives—an amazing offering for any techno enthusiast–is a full retrospective of Plastikman media from 1993 – 2010 and the largest release Minus, Hawtin’s label, has done to date featuring four different formats ranging from vinyl, CD and digital …12 discs of music and a 100+ page book in special slip case packaging. Is available exclusively by pre-order now through December 31 to be shipped February 28 via M-Nus.com.