Plastikman EX: Performed Live At The Guggenheim NYC on 2LP + Download Card
EX is the first album from Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman in nine years. Hawtin was an influential part of Detroit’s techno wave in the early 1990s and continues to be a leading pioneer of minimal techno. Hawtin’s work with technology has continued to put him at the forefront of contemporary electronic music. Hawtin is well known and regarded for his work under the alias, Plastikman under which he released a series of minimalist records during the 1990s and early 2000s that put him on the map as a leading electronic artist.
EX was recorded live at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in 2013. Hawtin says of his performance at the Guggenheim, “it’s risky to be in a different context, and actually push music in a different angle than you would in a nightclub...And it’s challenging to find the right balance between art and music. That’s why I agreed to do this.” All seven tracks on EX feature Plastikman’s signature minimalist workings with transfixing repetitive elements that prove minimalist music is far from simplistic.
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. 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.
He adds, "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.”
Between 1993 and 2003, Plastikman created an astonishing body of work, one that didn’t so much define a time and place as explode them, expanding the dimensions of Detroit techno and redefining the possibilities of electronic dance music. Across six albums (Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer) and numerous singles such as "Spastik," "Plastique," and "Sickness," Plastikman evolved into one of contemporary electronic music’s most distinctive voices: minimalist, psychedelic, seriously groove-laden, and ever mindful of the transcendent properties of electronica.
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