Richie Hawtin has crisscrossed the globe far and wide for several years as a DJ of the highest calibre. A fervent user of Final Scratch, the software that revolutionized turntable manipulation in our digital era, Hawtin was one of the first to explore and push the limits of this technology. Hawtin recently returned to work in his studio and is currently entering a new creative phase. His performance at MUTEK will combine his DJ skills and his creativity as a composer, the two dimensions merging by way of digital console. For those who appreciate his groundbreaking talents, this is a boon. We can't help but dream of another memorable performance, like the one at the Media Lounge in 1999.
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.
Centre de design (UQAM) 30/05/2003
Over the course of the past decade, Richie Hawtin has, along with a handful of European counterparts, changed the trajectory of electronic music as a whole.His seminal releases as Plastikman and Concept One have been deemed essentials works of pre-millennial minimalism.More recently, his outspoken use of revolutionary softwares, such as the Final Scratch program, have redefined the parameters of DJ culture.His minus/+8 imprint has achieved worldwide recognition.