Richie Hawtin: PLASTIKMAN LIVE at Electric Zoo

An invitation from Richie Hawtin: PLASTIKMAN LIVE at Electric ZooOn behalf of electronic music producer and performer Richie Hawtin, I’d like to extend an invite to his PLASTIKMAN LIVE performance this Friday, September 2 at 9:40 PM at the Hilltop Arena as he closes out the first day of Electric Zoo. Performing under his darker alter-ego PLASTIKMAN, the Berlin-based artist will bring his one-hour live experience that explores the connection between audio, visual and interactivity as he debuts PLASTIKMAN LIVE for the first time ever in New York City.

If you happen to be an iPhone or iPod Touch user, we are kindly asking you download the PLASTIKMAN SYNK app in advance of the show. SYNK is available now for free in the iTunes app store. Compatible with iPhone or iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. Conceptualized by Hawtin and developed with RJ Fischer ( and Bryan McDade (Minus), this customized iPhone/iPod Touch application is the official companion of the current PLASTIKMAN LIVE worldwide tour. SYNK users will participate in an experiment in audience-performer interaction aiming to blur the lines of perception and participation.

PLASTIKMAN LIVE was voted the best live act of 2010 by Resident Advisor readers and also was included in U.K. tastemaker magazine MixMag’s best live dance act shortlist. Since launching March 2010 at Timewarp in Mannheim, Germany, the PLASTIKMAN show has been under a constant state of evolution helmed by Hawtin and his partners visual architects Derivative and visual designer Ali Demirel.

PLASTIKMAN LIVE is a fully immerse real-time interactive concept experience. It is the only show where the entire event has been created from the ground up with the artist (Richie Hawtin/PLASTIKMAN) spearheading each part of the development and vision. There is one performer–Richie Hawtin aka PLASTIKMAN – on stage employing the cutting edge and custom technology to control the entire audio/visual and lighting experience, with live real-time generative visuals (no timed coded pre-rendered video or movies) in connection with cutting edge Derivative TouchDesigner software, live control over DMX-controlled lighting (custom Ableton Live Midi>DMX solution), and real-time audience/performer interaction and communication with the custom iPhone SYNK App (The only live concert that allows the audience to control part of the show, HUD readouts, audience/performer chat client, live on stage camera feed, etc.).

Richie Hawtin will also DJ a separate set at Electric Zoo in addition to presenting PLASTIKMAN LIVE on Sunday, September 4.

About Richie Hawtin

Artist, DJ, conceptualist and ambassador, more than anyone else in modern electronic music, Richie Hawtin has proved himself to be a true innovator. The one-man mogul behind acclaimed Techno imprints Plus 8 & Minus sends signals out all over the world from his HQ in an old fire station in Windsor, Ontario – just across the border from Detroit, the techno city of the 80’s. The signals are constantly evolving: his Plastikman persona gave Techno a unique face with a series of four ruthlessly minimal albums, while his breathtaking live sets at the Glastonbury festival and Tribal Gathering helped invent stadium techno. In 1995, the futurist Richie Hawtin was invited to show his work in Canada, in an event for the new millenium, in which the sculptor Anish Kapoor was also showing work. This was Hawtin’s first encounter with the works of an artist who has had an immense influence on his own process.  Today Richie Hawtin continues to evolve and develop his music and performance skills, deftly deploying new technology in the service of his art.