Over the course of a career spanning two decades, Richie Hawtin has earned his position as one of the most prominent figureheads of contemporary electronic music. Born in Banbury, England, his family moved to Windsor, Canada, in the late 1970's, where Hawtin was exposed to early techno from close-by Detroit. Together with John Acquaviva he started Plus 8 Records, a label which proved one of the most influential North-American techno imprints with early landmark releases by artists like Speedy J or Kenny Larkin. In 1993 Hawtin began to release as Plastikman for the first time, probably the most famous of his many pseudonyms (another often used one being F.U.S.E.). Following a stringent concept of reduction in design as in production, the Plastikman project became a blueprint for modern minimal techno and Hawtin one of the leading representatives of the booming style. Consequently Hawtin founded Minus in 1998, a label initially reserved for his Plastikman productions, but soon becoming a platform for like-minded artists, such as Marc Houle, Troy Pierce and Magda. Through constant innovation and re-invention, as well as his drive to embrace new technology as it becomes available, Richie Hawtin has stayed on top of his game until this day, as one of the very few artists equally at home in the field of academic audio art as in that of hedonistic club life.
145 Releases, 113 Artists
CONTAKT SPECIAL - Brixton
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Matthew Herbert, Space Dimension Controller, Cluster
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MAKING CONTAKT, Dettmann, The Black Dog, Caribou
Techno takes over the big screen - if anyone could ever be trusted to bring the club experience to a cinematic format, it is Richie Hawtin, and this is just what he did. 'MAKING CONTAKT' is the documentary film of his Minus label's monumental 10-year more...
The Album MAKING CONTAKT - The Documentary (HD Version) was reviewed:In 2008 the Minus bandwagon embarked on a tour of proportions previously unheard of in electronic music. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Richie Hawtin's genre-defining label, the CONTAKT tour visited nine cities on three continents over the course of a year.
The exceptional series of events not only featured Minus' most prominent artists, such as Magda, Troy Pierce, Marc Houle, Heartthrob and Gaiser, but also an impressive array of cutting edge technology, pioneering new methods of collaborative performance as well as audience participation via RFID chips and mobile devices.
Ali Demirel, who accompanied the tour as its visual designer, directed the 80 minute documentary 'MAKING CONTAKT', which gives intriguing insights into the inner workings of the massive project. From the concept stages to the final show in Tokyo, 'MAKING CONTAKT' reveals the tour's highs and lows in a wealth of interviews and live footage.
Insightful, captivating and genuinely funny at times, 'MAKING CONTAKT' is a tribute to the spirit of constant technological and artistic innovation that drives the Minus label and its creative mastermind, Richie Hawtin. The cinematic format of the tour documentary might be a well established genre in rock music, but with 'MAKING CONTAKT' Hawtin and Demirel have created the benchmark road movie for the techno generation.
The Compilation MAKING CONTAKT - Deluxe Version (HD +Audio) was reviewed:The deluxe version of Minus' monumental MAKING CONTAKT project includes the documentary as separate HD video chapters, the CONTAKT SPECIAL bonus concert, as well as the complete 12 track audio soundtrack.