Plastikman Live – EXhale (Sonar 2014, Barcelona)
Taken from the Plastikman live performance at Sonar, Barcelona June 2014.
Original version appears on the album ‘EX’ (OUT NOW)
Mute announce the release of Plastikman’s new album, “EX”, his first album release since 2003’s “Closer”. Plastikman, aka Richie Hawtin recorded EX at the Guggenheim, New York’s art museum. This performance was at the invitation of the Belgiumfashion designer and artistic director at Dior, Raf Simons, for the Guggenheim’s annual fundraiser, performed around a specially constructed LED obelisk.
“EX” will be released on 10 June.
EX (Live at the Guggenheim NYC) by Plastikman
Download available June 10th; Vinyl, CD, and a limited edition SubPac bundle on July 14th (11th DE, 15th USA).
Plastikman, aka Richie Hawtin, recorded EX at the Guggenheim, New York’s iconic art museum. This very special performance was at the invitation of influential Belgium fashion designer and artistic director at Dior, Raf Simons, for the Guggenheim’s annual fundraiser, performed around a specially constructed LED obelisk.
Richie Hawtin explains, “I knew that Raf was a long time Plastikman fan so by accepting his offer to perform at the Dior event at the Guggenheim I knew I’d set myself up to a huge challenge. Although Raf was happy to have the already complete Plastikman Live 1.5 show, I locked myself away in a series of intense studio sessions and quickly recorded enough new material for the performance and realized I might also have enough for a complete new album. The music came out of me effortlessly as I was very inspired by the opportunity to play in this beautiful architectural space renowned more for art than music. The location also allowed me to step far away from the dancefloor, giving me a huge amount of freedom to EXplore any sonic ideas that I had. Art, music, architecture, painting, sculpture — these mediums are supposed to live together.”
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Burn Studios caught up with minimal tech legend Richie Hawtin during the Burn Studios summer program in Ibiza.
Richard (Richie) Hawtin (born June 4, 1970, Banbury, Oxfordshire) is an English-Canadian electronic musician and DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno’s second wave of artists in the early 1990s and a leading exponent of Minimal techno since the mid 1990s. He is best known for his abstract, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a pseudonym he still uses today.
Hawtin is known for DJing minimal techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. In May 1990, Hawtin and fellow second-waver John Acquaviva founded the Plus 8 record label, which they named after their turntable’s pitch adjust function. In 1998, Hawtin launched Minus records
Richie Hawtin’s iconic alter-ego Plastikman will embark on a full live tour in late-2011 in a new upgraded 1.5 format as it continues to evolve and push technology & live performance forward.
Plastikman is arguably one of the only live shows around where all aspects of the performance – music, lighting, audio, visuals and real-time audience interaction via the SYNK App – are controlled by a single on-stage performer. The Plastikman live experience has been developed by the electronic visionary Richie Hawtin, Derivative & his production team over the past ten years. In 2010, readers of the largest electronic music portal Resident Advisor voted Plastikman as the ʻnumber oneʼ live electronic show of the year.
Richie Hawtinʼs Plastikman creation returned in 2010 and debuted its new look at Timewarp in Mannheim in March of that year. This version toured festivals the world over, establishing an unrivalled reputation as one of the most spectacular electronic live shows of all time, and quickly united a new generation of music fans with those who had followed the Plastikman project from its groundbreaking innovations in the 1990s. The Plastikman logo once again has returned to the forefront of the electronic movement as EDM (electronic dance music) fever gripped North America and Plastikman performed acclaimed shows at Electric Daisy Carnival and Canadaʼs Mutek.
Hawtin and his team have continued to develop and evolve the show – incorporating brand new Plastikman music, visuals and interactive technologies. Plastikman Live 1.5 appears next with a debut show in Ibiza at Amnesia for the ‘I Want My MTV’ concert series (August 5 2011), followed by a performance in New York City for the Electric Zoo festival on Memorial Day weekend (September 2 2011) before the European tour begins in Budapest at Hungary’s Bonusz festival in October.
The updates of the show have once again been created within Hawtin’s fully-collaborative lighting, visual and interactive team: Ali Demirel & Jarrett Smith of Derivative (TouchDesigner visuals); Matthias Vollrath (lighting integrations); Jeremy Jacobs (JPLS) & Johannes Kramer (sonic upgrades); and Robert Hexler & Bryan McDade (interactivity).
As with all previous dates, Plastikman Live will be fully interactive for any fans with the free SYNK iPhone application, which itself has been relaunched with new features including a live chat, live behind-the-curtain camera feed and more interactive elements, making the show one of the only genuinely interactive concert experiences in the world today.
Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman states: “I’m incredibly excited to finally take Plastikman on its first standalone tour. These dates will represent the last opportunities for fans to catch Plastikman Live in its current form: the 1.5 version of the show we’ve spent nearly a year of fine-tuning. After that, Plastikman will be returning to the shadows to begin work on a brand new 2.0 concept. The fall tour will be full of surprises, and the performance will continue to be spontaneous and unique for every show — the way I believe live music should be performed in 2011.”
Support on the tour will come from Minus artists including Marco Carola, Magda, Gaiser and Ambivalent – with full line-ups for each date to be announced shortly.
The Plastikman Live 2011 tour is in proud association with media & ticket partner Resident Advisor.
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AUG 05: I Want My MTV Ibiza at Amnesia, Ibiza, Spain
SEP 02: Electric Zoo festival, New York, USA
OCT 15: Bonusz Festival, Budapest, Hungary
OCT 21: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
OCT 22: Dekadance at Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
OCT 28: LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal
OCT 29: Fabrik, Madrid, Spain
NOV 05: BerMuDa at Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany
DEC 01: Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
DEC 02: O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
DEC 03: Glasgow Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
DEC 07: Pala Isozaki, Turin, Italy