Plastikman (CA)

Plastikman is the most famous project of Richie Hawtin. The project began after Hawtin had reached acclaim under various monikers including FUSE, and Elements of Tone. The first Plastikman record, the Sheet One album (Plus 8/Novamute), was released in 1993 and quickly developed a following among audiences interested by its convolutions and distortions of electronic music paradigms as well as followers of the development of Detroit techno. The sound was heavily focused on the Roland TB303, which Hawtin had modified and used in unexpected ways. Also elemental to the experience of the music were the events Hawtin and his colleagues would stage in Windsor, Toronto and Detroit. Hawtin's live performances have involved elaborate installations, ambitious uses of technology, lighting, etc. This continued through the 1990s and created a rabid following, inspiring a number of fans to actually tattoo the project's alien-styled logo on various places on their bodies. As Plastikman grew in notoriety, so did Hawtin's other ventures. After becoming a highly successful DJ, as well as releasing records under various other pseudonyms, starting another label and other business ventures, Hawtin reopened the Plastikman project in 2003. Mixing the minimalism, moodiness and rhythmic complexity that defined the moniker with influences from many of the artists Hawtin himself has influenced, the latest album ushers in a renewed attention to the innovative energy of Plastikman's early days. Plastikman Live 2004 maintains this energy and innovation by taking the standard for electronic music performance and twisting it into a whole new shape.

Nocturne 3: Parallel Spaces
MUTEK 2011, montreal

Métropolis 04/06/2011

The most heralded figure in Canadian electronic music history, MUTEK is incredibly proud to present Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin) on home turf, a concert that constitutes the Canadian premiere of the highly prized audio-visual performance Hawtin originally envisioned for his debut live performance at MUTEK 2004. Between 1993 and 2003, Plastikman released four critically acclaimed albums that were roundly considered the high standard of how electronic sounds and theories of minimalism could be fused.

From 1993’s Sheet One to 2003’s Closer, Hawtin reinvented the Detroit approach to techno through the lens of the European musical avant-garde before unofficially retiring his famous alias from record. What followed was a personal mission to reinvent live electronic performance with the Plastikman Live concept, beginning at MUTEK in 2004. Last year, Plastikman Live toured the globe with a stunning experiential show that explored the convergence of sound, lighting, visuals and human interactivity. Now the show is ready to come back home to Canada and where it all began: MUTEK.

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Métropolis 05/06/2004

Plastikman is the most famous project of Richie Hawtin. The project began after Hawtin had reached acclaim under various monikers including FUSE, and Elements of Tone. The first Plastikman record, the Sheet One album (Plus 8/Novamute), was released in 1993 and quickly developed a following among audiences interested by its convolutions and distortions of electronic music paradigms as well as followers of the development of Detroit techno. The sound was heavily focused on the Roland TB303, which Hawtin had modified and used in unexpected ways. Also elemental to the experience of the music were the events Hawtin and his colleagues would stage in Windsor, Toronto and Detroit. Hawtin's live performances have involved elaborate installations, ambitious uses of technology, lighting, etc. This continued through the 1990s and created a rabid following, inspiring a number of fans to actually tattoo the project's alien-styled logo on various places on their bodies. As Plastikman grew in notoriety, so did Hawtin's other ventures. After becoming a highly successful DJ, as well as releasing records under various other pseudonyms, starting another label and other business ventures, Hawtin reopened the Plastikman project in 2003. Mixing the minimalism, moodiness and rhythmic complexity that defined the moniker with influences from many of the artists Hawtin himself has influenced, the latest album ushers in a renewed attention to the innovative energy of Plastikman's early days. Plastikman Live 2004 maintains this energy and innovation by taking the standard for electronic music performance and twisting it into a whole new shape.
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