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Richie Hawtin: DE9 2005

~atp~

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Hawtin has probably got the most bad-ass basement on the planet.


Electronics everywhere, and mad scientist goggles. Fucking awesome.


"Banks and banks of humming machinery! I've never seen so many knobs. Charlie, try pushing that one..." :D
 

hahnsa

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Check out BB's article in Now mag. on Richie. Notice the shout out to all you GEEKS!!!!! (see paragraph 3)
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Richie Hawtin still enjoys buying vinyl.
Hawtin heavy
Richie Hawtin's hot on new technology
By BENJAMIN BOLES
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RICHIE HAWTIN with CARL COX , UBERZONE , K-SWING , FERRY CORSTEN , TIMO MASS and others at the Guvernment (132 Queens Quay East), Sunday (October 9). $30-$40 advance, more at the door. www.theguvernment.com

Richie Hawtin (sometimes known as Plastikman) is easily Canada's biggest techno export. In fact, most would describe him as one of the best known techno DJs in the world. Most DJs who get to the superstar level end up compromising their vision for greater mainstream acceptance, but Hawtin has become more difficult and weird over the years.

His sound has always been about stark mindfuck minimalism, and often comes across as if he's deliberately trying to give the druggies in the crowd bad trips -- not really what we think about when it comes to mega-clubs and magazine covers.

To be fair, the hardcore techno geeks delight in criticizing him on Internet message boards, trying to outdo each other with tales of parties from the old days and how much better he supposedly was then.

Hawtin isn't too concerned with the old days, and instead is obsessed with new technology and its potential effect on the future of the music -- which, after all, is supposed to be future music.

"It depends on each gig, but these days I'm playing with Final Scratch, Ableton and still some actual records," Hawtin explains from a train travelling through Germany.

"DJ culture hasn't moved fast enough into digital technology. I can buy some of my music online and download it directly onto my computer, but the best way to get the new stuff is still to buy vinyl, so I end up carting it around with me on tour until I can get a chance to encode it digitally."

For those who haven't been keeping track of developments in the technogeek world, Final Scratch is a way of using the turntable to control digital audio files on a laptop. Ableton Live software was originally designed for live electronic performance and loop manipulation, but has since developed into a very handy real-time production tool, as well as a way of mixing tracks together without having to worry about beat matching.

Ableton in particular has become a big part of Hawtin's most recent work, DE9: Transitions, which continues the reinvention of the DJ mix that he started with Decks, EFX & 909 and developed further with DE9: Closer To The Edit.

This time around, he's used Ableton and ProTools to rework more than a hundred tracks into a continuous 5.1 surround sound mix, a first in the DJ mix world.

"There are always people who would prefer to live with what they already know. Beat matching is something you spend a lot of time learning over the years, but I'm interested in what can happen when you set that aside and start thinking about how the rest of the elements relate, and how the whole thing comes together."
 

eLeKTRon

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I sooo wish I had seen Hawtin in the middle of that cornfield outside of Leamington on the night of August 19, 1993.

I heard that people saw God at 6:00 am.
 
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The Kid

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Originally posted by eLeKTRon
I sooo wish I had seen Hawtin in the middle of that cornfield outside of Leamington on the night of August 19, 1993.

I heard that people saw God at 6:00 am.
I didn't see god but I did see Jeff Mills! Rich killed it. Yeah blah, blah... fun party!
 
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grit

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those were the days, with cool little flyers that specifically depicted the vibe the night was gonna take on.

-now it's mainly just crap.
a few exeptions here n' there. rare though.
 
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eLeKTRon

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so reading the fine print there, someone must have that set recorded. I'd be very interested in getting it, if somebody would be kind enough to host n post.

:)
 

gsnuff

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Originally posted by grit
those were the days, with cool little flyers that specifically depicted the vibe the night was gonna take on.

-now it's mainly just crap.
a few exeptions here n' there. rare though.
Thom Mayne on Nostalgia

Nostalgia - A state of inarticulate intent for the present and a fear of the future coupled with a yearning for order, consistency and safety; qualities that were last enjoyed in childhood.
 

grit

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do you disagree though?

what's a better event? - that ritchie party, or kascade at fluid?

i'm not afraid of the future, and i'm a hedonist, so i definetely don't fit into that defintion.
 
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gsnuff

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Well, for starters the early transcendance and alien parties were far more important to Toronto than Sickness. Sickness was an anomaly in North America, that's why people drove to the event from places as far away as Flordia.

Secondly, if you are looking/hoping/expecting something similiar to happen in Toronto at any venue.. you're dreaming. It's just ridiculous to measure Sickness and Recovery against TO events of any scale.

There are great events going on in TO, but if you are comparing them against events from 10 years ago, odds are you're living in the past. Bev May wrote a great article called the "Myth of the Purer Past" (or something to that effect) in the Transcendance mag almost a decade ago. In it she discussed one of the key ideologies that has plagued this (these?) musical subcultures - the idea that things were somehow "better" in the past. We are well beyond the point where we should be flaunting baggage from the rave/warehouse party scene..

my .02

,g
 
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Skipper

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Originally posted by grit
do you disagree though?

what's a better event? - that ritchie party, or kascade at fluid?

i'm not afraid of the future, and i'm a hedonist, so i definetely don't fit into that defintion.
say whaaa? :confused:
 

gsnuff

TRIBE Promoter
Originally posted by grit
..and i'm a hedonist, so i definetely don't fit into that defintion.
No, hedonists are never afraid of the future.

Don't read my comments the wrong way. I'm not so much going after you as the sentiment you expressed. People are always doing interesting shows, events, etc. I think you have to look beyond expectations of scale though. I actually think it's a pretty interesting time in Toronto right now, musically speaking.
 

eLeKTRon

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When it comes to music, I think it's ALWAYS an interesting time, irrespective of where you are.

If anyone is having trouble finding interest in music at any point in time, it is because either (1) they're not looking hard enough or (2) they haven't looked inward to see what is preventing them from letting go of the past.
 

grit

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Originally posted by gsnuff
Well, for starters the early transcendance and alien parties were far more important to Toronto than Sickness. Sickness was an anomaly in North America, that's why people drove to the event from places as far away as Flordia.

Secondly, if you are looking/hoping/expecting something similiar to happen in Toronto at any venue.. you're dreaming. It's just ridiculous to measure Sickness and Recovery against TO events of any scale.

There are great events going on in TO, but if you are comparing them against events from 10 years ago, odds are you're living in the past. Bev May wrote a great article called the "Myth of the Purer Past" (or something to that effect) in the Transcendance mag almost a decade ago. In it she discussed one of the key ideologies that has plagued this (these?) musical subcultures - the idea that things were somehow "better" in the past. We are well beyond the point where we should be flaunting baggage from the rave/warehouse party scene..

my .02

,g
all i'm really sayin is that we need more 'bev and willies' these days.
people who actually know what really good music is, and put effort, time, and soul into putting CUTTING EDGE musical events together in an outstanding environment.
yo willy, put those knee pads back on!

i was just generalizing about the contrast between 'fluid' and 'sickness' events.
 
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