To my fans, supporters and those who are eagerly waiting for their copy of Arkives to arrive!

Greetings to everyone from cold and snowy Canada! Matthew and I have been locked into The Building here in Windsor for the past weeks putting the finishing touches on the Arkives release. While finishing book layouts and CD mastering we were lucky enough to find even more material for the release. We unearthed more never seen before photos and even additional unreleased recordings from the original U.T.K. studio!

Realizing that you only get one chance at a project like this, we've decided to EXPAND Arkives, ensuring that this is the definite, most comprehensive, Plastikman anthology possible!

The Arkives Reference Edition book has now been expanded to 100 pages, including even more rare photos with extra accompanying text, offering further insight into the Plastikman project. In addition, due to the newly found unreleased material, we are expanding the original 12-disc set to 16 discs (15 CD's, 1 DVD) including a specially mixed disc of unreleased material!

For everyone who ordered Arkives Reference and/or Komplete there will be NO extra charge for all of this extra material! For those who ordered Arkives Digital, we've also expanded the content on this edition.

Unfortunately, all this good news does come with a downside. Due to the extra work in expanding the release, Arkives, we will not be shipping until the end of April. (This includes all versions: Reference, Analog, Digital & Komplete)

I know that many of you will be disappointed, but I hope that you can wait a little longer for this once in a lifetime release! Believe me, it's an incredibly beautiful package and the extra material is well worth the delay!

Thank you for everyone's patience and support!

Warm regards,

Rich

The Remixes

A: Akoustik (F.K. Mix)
B: Lodgikal Nonsense (Matthew Dear Mix)

C: Mind In Rewind (Steve Bicknell Mix)
C: Mind In Rewind (Berg Nixon Mix)
D: Plasticity (Dubfire Mix)

E: Krakpot (Moby Mix)
F: Helikopter (Green Velvet Mix)

G: Ping Pong (Ambivalent Mix)
H: Mind Rewind (Carl Craig Mix)

I: Oedipus Komplex (Heartthob Mix)
J: I Don't Know (Psyche Mix)

K: Disconnect (Gaiser Mix)
L: Plastique (Mathew Jonson Mix)

ARKIVES ANALOG contains 6 Vinyl Records/12 Sides/13 Tracks packaged in in a Deluxe Box w/ limited Edtion Plastikman Poster.

*exclusive content to Arkives REFERENCE and/or Arkives ANALOG Editions ONLY

CD1 Sheet One (remastered)

1. Drp
2. Plasticity
3. Gak
4. Okx
5. Helikopter
6. Glob
7. Plasticene
8. Koma
9. Vokx
10. Smak
11. Ovokx

CD2 Recycled Plastik (remastered)

1. Krakpot
2. Freek
3. Kiropraktor
4. Oldskool
5. Spaz
6. Naturalistik
7. Elektrostatik
8. Elektrix
9. Gak (Remix)
10. Sickness
11. Pannikattack

CD3 Musik (remastered)

1. Konception
2. Plastique
3. Kriket
4. Fuk
5. Outbak
6. Ethnik
7. Plasmatik
8. Goo
9. Marbles
10. Lasttrak

CD4 Artifakts(bc) 2.0 (remastered)

1. Korridor
2. Psyk
3. Pakard
4. Hypokondriak
5. Konstant
6. Rekall
7. Skizofrenik
8. Are Friends Electrik?
9. Lodgikal Nonsense

CD5 Consumed (remastered)

1. Contain
2. Consume
3. Passage (In)
4. Cor Ten
5. Convulse (sic)
6. Ekko
7. Converge
8. Locomotion
9. In Side
10. Consumed
11. Passage (Out)

CD6 Closer (remastered)

1. Ask Yourself
2. Mind Encode
3. Lost
4. Disconnect
5. Slow Poke (Twilight Zone mix)
6. Headcase
7. Ping Pong
8. Mind In Rewind
9. I No
10. I Don't Know

CD7 Sessions (unreleased/rare)
Spastik Original Recording Sessions

1. Part 1
2. Part 2
3. Clap break
4. Snares & claps
5. Snare outtakes
6. Rides
7. Rides & snares
8. Ending effects
9. Spastik (Original Version)
10. Spastik (Dubfire Rework)

John Peel Sesssion: Plastikman
11. PP001
12. Dubfunk
13. Helikopter
14. Manik

Spastik Live Sessions
15. Live at Spastik (Slak & Kriket)
16. Live at Transcendance (Spastik)

CD8 Nostalgik (remastered)

1. Snark
2. Aquatik
3. Plinkplonk
4. Kink
5. Plonker
6. Panikattack (Guido Schneider's Remix)

CD9 Rekonstruktions 1 (Plastikman Remixes)

1. La Funk Mob - Motorbass Get Funked Up
2. Attica Blues - Blueprint
3. Bomb The Bass - One To One Religion
4. Mickey Hart - Umayeyo**
5. Blood Sucker - Markiv*
6. Talvin Singh - Vikram the Vampire
7. Depeche Mode - Painkiller
8. Robotman - Hypnofreek*
9. Kalisto - JAK Rabbit*

CD10 Rekonstruktions 2 (Plastikman Remixes)

1. Lil Louis - I Kalled U**
2. New Order - Blue Monday
3. Winx - Don't Laugh
4. X-Press 2 - Rock 2 House
5. Heartthrob - Baby Kate
6. Hardfloor - Into the Nature
7. Robotman - Do Da Doo
8. System 7 - Alpha Wave (Edit)

CD11 Arkives (unreleased) *

1. Korruption (1994)
2. Rakjaktak (1993)
3. Plastique Vox (2010 Jochem Paap Mix)
4. Pakard Discontinued Model Version (1997)
5. Nostalgik String Except (1997)
6. Konceiled (1998)
7. Compress (1997)
8. Compression (1997)
9. Collapse (1997)
10. Close (2002)
11. First, Last & Always (2002)
12. Ask Yourself (2010 Jochem Paap Mix)
13. Detached (2003)
14. Inside U (feat. Nancy Drew 2003)
15. Ask Yourself (2010 Jochem Paap Mix)
16. Disconnect First Version (2003)
17. Closed (2002)

CD12 Arkived (unreleased) *

1. Spastik Jak (1994)
2. We Wanna Jak (Acetate Version) (1994)
3. Monkee (1994)
4. Tom Tom (1995)
5. Slinky (1995)
6. Snarkish (1996)
7. Baktrak (1997)
8. Ekko (Unedited Version) (1997)
9. Fokus (1997)
10. Krakked (2003)
11. Akoustik (2008)

CD13 Replikants 1 (unreleased)

1. Ask Yourself (Cliff Martinez Mix)
2. Disconnect (Alva Noto Mix)
3. Sheet One (Thomas Brinkman Mix)*
4. Are Friends Electrik? (Miller & Jones Mix)*
5. I Don't Know (Carter Tutti Mix)*
6. Pakard (Flood Mix)*
7. Akoustik (F.K. Mix)*
8. Mind In Rewind (Carl Craig Mix)
9. I Don't Know (Kazuya Nagaya Mix)

CD14 Replikants 2 (unreleased)

1. Plasticity (Dubfire Mix)
2. Krakpot (Moby Mix)
3. Mind In Rewind (Steve Bicknell Mix)
4. Gak (Gaiser Mix)*
5. Mind Encode (Severed Heads Mix)*
6. Ping Pong (Ambivalent Mix)
7. Oedipus Komplex (Heartthob Mix)
8. Helikopter (Green Velvet Mix)
9. Ask Yourself (M.K. Mix Edit)
10. Elektrostatik (Vince Clarke Mix)
11. Mind In Rewind (Berg Nixon Mix)
12. Prototype (Peter Namlook Mix)*

CD15 Extraks (remastered)

1. Krossover (Fuse vs. Plastikman)
2. Plastique (Video Mix)
3. Hump
4. Afrika
5. Psykik
6. PK
7. Disconnect (Single Edit)
8. Digital Divide
9. Circles
10. Risk Assessment

CD16 Optik DVD (rare/unreleased) *

1. Ask Yourself (DVD Intro)
2. Mind Encode (Video)
3. Lost (Video)
4. Disconnect (Video)
5. Psyk (Video)
6. Converge (Video)
7. Schizofrenik (Video)
8. Plastique (Video)
9. Epok (TV Commercial)
10. Glastonbury Displaced (Short Film)
11. Image Gallery
12. Kommentary (Short Film)
13. Kredits

Digital Bonus Tracks (rare/unreleased)

1. Plastikman - PKamb
2. System 7 - Alphawave (Full Remix)
3. Disconnect (Delano & Sab Mix)
4. Elektrostatik (Vince Clarke Mix)
5. Ask Yourself (M.K. Mix)
6. Glob (Hobo Mix)
7. Disconnect (Gaiser Mix)
8. Plastique (Mathew Jonson Mix)
9. Ask Yourself / Headcase (Fabrizio Mix)
10. Consume (Ambivalent Mix)
11. Headcase (Marc Houle Mix)
12. Kriket (Derek Plaslaiko Mix)
13. Oldskool (Magda Mix)
14. Ping Pong (Skoozbot Mix)
15. Ethnik (Paco Osuna Mix)
16. Goo (Paco Osuna Mix)
17. Kriket (Danilo Divigorito Mix)
18. Elektrostatik (Skoozbot Mix)
19. Disconnect (Skoozbot Mix)
20. Mind In Rewind/Headcase (Click Box Mix)
21. I Don't Know (Psyche Mix)
22. Lodgikal Nonsense (Matthew Dear Mix)
23. Pakard (Flood Mix Hawtin Edit)
24. Marbles (Fabrizio Maurizi Mix)
25. Marbles (Rex Sepulveda Mix)
26. Slinky (JPLS Mix)

ARKIVES REFERENCE includes a deluxe package including double gatefold CD holder and 94 page Plastikman book including rare and unseen photos and newly commissioned text.

*exclusive content to Arkives REFERENCE and/or Arkives ANALOG Editions ONLY

**tbc

1. Sheet One (Individual Tracks)

1. Plasticity
2. Gak
3. Helikopter
4. Glob
5. Plasticine
6. Koma
7. Smak
Sheet One (Mixed Version)
Sheet One (Single Track Mixed Version)

2. Recycled Plastik (Individual Tracks)

1. Krakpot
2. Freek
3. Spaz
4. Naturalistik
5. Elektrostatik
6. Elektrix
7. Gak (Remix)
8. Sickness
9. Pannikattack
10. Spastik (Original Version)

3. Musik (Individual Tracks)

1. Konception
2. Plastique
3. Kriket
4. Fuk
5. Outbak
6. Ethnik
7. Plasmatik
8. Goo
9. Marbles
10. Lasttrak
Musik (Mixed Version)
Musik (Single Track Mixed Version)

4. Artifakts(BC) (Individual Tracks)

1. Korridor
2. Psyk
3. Pakard
4. Hypokondriak
5. Konstant
6. Rekall
7. Skizofrenik
8. Are Friends Electrik?
9. Lodgikal Nonsense

5. Consumed (Individual Tracks)

1. Contain
2. Consume
3. Cor Ten
4. Ekko
5. Converge
6. Locomotion
7. In Side
8. Consumed
Consumed (Mixed Version)
Consumed (Single Track Mixed Version)

6. Closer (Individual Tracks)

1. Ask Yourself
2. Mind Encode
3. Lost
4. Disconnect
5. Slow Poke (Twilight Zone Mix)
6. Headcase
7. Ping Pong
8. Mind In Rewind
9. I No I don't know
Closer (Mixed Version)
Closer (Single Track Mixed Version)

7. Nostalgik (Individual Tracks)

1. Snark
2. Aquatik
3. Plinkplonk
4. Kink
5. Plonker
6. Panikattack (Guido Schneider Remix)
7. Spastik (Dubfire Rework)
8. Monkee (1995)
9. Slinky (1995)

8. Rekonstruktions (Plastikman Remixes)

1. Le Funk Mob - Motorbass Get Funked Up
2. Bomb the Bass - One To One Religion
3. Attica Blues - Blueprint
4. Robotman - Do Da Doo
5. X-Press 2 - Rock 2 House
6. Talvin Singh - Vikram The Vampire
7. Winx - Don't Laugh
8. Heartthrob - Baby Kate
9. Hardfloor - Into The Nature
10. Blood Sucker - Markiv
11. Kalisto - JAK Rabbit
12. System 7 - Alpha Wave

9. Replikants (The Remixes)

1. Glob (Hobo Mix)
2. Mind In Rewind (Steve Bicknell Mix)
3. Plasticity (Dubfire Mix)
4. Krakpot (Moby Mix)
5. Ping Pong (Ambivalent Mix)
6. Oedipus Komplex (Heartthob Mix)
7. Disconnect (Gaiser Mix)
8. Plastique (Mathew Jonson Mix)
9. Ask Yourself / Headcase (Fabrizio M Mix)
10. Consume (Ambivalent Mix)
11. Disconnect (Delano & Sab Mix)
12. Elektrostatik (Vince Clarke Mix)
13. Headcase (Marc Houle Mix)
14. Kriket (Derek Plaslaiko Mix)
15. Mind Rewind (Carl Craig Mix)
16. Oldskool (Magda Mix)
17. Ping Pong (Skoozbot Mix)
18. Mind In Rewind (Berg Nixon Mix)
19. Elektrostatik (Skoozbot Mix)
20. Ethnik (Paco Osuna Mix)
21. Goo (Paco Osuna Mix)
22. Kriket (Danilo Divigorito Mix)
23. Marbles (Fabrizio Maurizi Mix)
24. I Don't Know (Kazuya Nagaya Mix)
25. Disconnect (Skoozbot Mix)
26. Helikopter (Green Velvet Mix)
27. Marbles (Rex Sepulveda Mix)
28. Mind In Rewind/Headcase (Click Box Mix)
29. Ask Yourself (Cliff Martinez Mix)
30. Ask Yourself (M.K. Mix)
31. Disconnect (Alva Noto Mix)
32. Slinky (JPLS Remix)

10. Extrakts (Individual Tracks)

1. Hump
2. Afrika
3. Psykik
4. PK
5. PKamb
6. Disconnect (Single Edit)
7. Digital Divide
8. Circles
9. Risk Assessment

 
 

FAQ

1. What is the difference between the ARKIVES releases : Reference/Analog/Digital/Komplete.
Plastikman Arkives is a strictly limited, made-to-order, Komplete (only as many copies will be manufactured as have been pre-ordered) and will be released in four different formats:

Reference
a personalized edition, featuring 11 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly commissioned text. The set includes newly remastered versions of all six previously released Plastikman albums—Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), Closer - and five further CDs of rare and unreleased material:

Rekonstruktions collects Plastikman's classic and hard-to-find remixes for other artists, including La Funk Mob, System 7, New Order, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, and even an unreleased remix of his own Robotman project.

Replikants features all-new remixes specially commissioned for the project, in which Hawtin's influences and heroes rework Plastikman's back catalog. Reaching far beyond the world of techno, the disc features luminaries such as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, François Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute's Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones.

Two further CDs contain previously unreleased material including the never-before-heard, complete recording sessions from which "Spastik" emerged, along with an unreleased John Peel in-studio live session. Still more previously unreleased Plastikman material follows on the second of these CDs, including the soon-to-be-released single “Slinky.”

Finally, Nostalgik collects rare, out-of-print, vinyl-only editions and bonus Plastikman tracks. In addition to the CDs, Optik is a DVD of classic & rare Plastikman videos plus previously-unreleased footage of Plastikman live at Glastonbury 1995 and Mutek, Montreal 2003.

The box set also includes a digital download code redeemable at m-nus.com, which will unlock additional material not included on the CDs (or other Arkives editions), ensuring that each collector receives the most complete Plastikman Arkives set possible.

Analog - features 6 pieces of 180 gram vinyl, exclusive tracks and a limited edition poster, presented in a deluxe custom box.

Digital - will be the online download version of the project, offering a ‘lite’ version of the package including a limited selection of the material found in the Reference and Analog editions.

Komplete - plastikman.com will feature an exclusive combination package, containing both the Reference and Analog editions, in other words all CDs, vinyls, book, DVD, and all bonus digital downloads.

2. How does the track listing differ?
Mouse over each title to get a visual impression of the track listing for each format.

3. When do I receive my copy of Reference or Analog?
The official release date for Arkives is February 28th, 2011! The pre-ordering period will end December 31st, 2010. The first box-sets will be shipped at the beginning of February 2011!

4. What are the advantages of pre-ordering?
Special extra bonus incentives will be offered to those who order Arkives Reference or Arkives Komplete early at plastikman.com. If you place your order before November 14th 2010 you will receive an exclusive Plastikman mix CD right away and a special signed Christmas card incl. unreleased digital music sent to you by December 25th, 2010. Orders between November 15th-30th will just get the special Christmas card including the unreleased digital music, without the mix CD.

All of the offered versions are special editions only available via pre-order till December 31st, 2010! After the shipment in February 2011, we will offer a very limited version via digital download on selected portals like iTunes and Beatport. Please note that this special download version will only include a very small selection of the Arkives tracks. Reference, Analog, Digital and Komplete editions will only be available for order until the end of 2010 and won't be offered again!

6. What is the serialisation/personalization feature?
Each Reference box set is personalized to the person specified in your order, which means the book will have your name (or the name of the recipient if it is a gift for somebody) printed on the first page!!! Check out the photos of the Reference edition for examples.

7. In which formats will the digital version be offered (Wav, Mp3, Bundle Only, Single Downloads)?
When you order Arkives Digital you will receive a special Plastikman greeting card with your personal digital download code sent to you by post. Visiting the link gives you one-time access to the complete bundle, split between several ZIP files. For the file format you will be able to choose between MP3 and WAV. If you have any problems when downloading your files, please send a mail to orders@m-nus.com and somebody will be on hand to assist you.

8. Will Reference and Analog be available in any retail stores?
An extremely limited amount of both formats will be available through general retail. Because of this limitation we can NOT guarantee availability. Please also note that any version of Reference sold via retail outlets will not be personalized!

9. Why is it only possible to order one item at a time?
Due to the personalization of each book included in the box set, we cannot allow several orders at once. If you like to purchase several items, please complete the ordering process accordingly and enter a unique name for each recipient.

10. Who wrote the Arkives reference book?
The book was written by Philip Sherburne, columnist for Pitchfork and The Wire and internationally known Electronic/Dance editor for magazines such as XLR8R, The New York Times, Groove and others. Sherburne frequently writes for Resident Advisor and eMusic.com.

plastikman.BIO

Long before Richie Hawtin became what he is today—superstar DJ, mastermind of the Minus label, entrepreneur, technological innovator, style icon—he was best known for a single project: Plastikman.

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 itself.

Across six albums (Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer) and numerous singles like "Spastik," "Plastique," and "Sickness" Plastikman evolved into one of contemporary electronic music's most distinctive voices: minimalist, psychedelic, groovy as anything, ever mindful of the transcendent properties of pure electronic sound.

The records alone would be enough to make a legend out of anyone, but Hawtin—as Plastikman—also had something else going for him: some of the most intense, unhinged, and mind-bending parties that underground electronic music has ever known. Held mostly in and around Detroit and Hawtin's home town of Windsor, Ontario, these events' reputations spread worldwide, by word-of-mouth and message board, to become legendary moments in the history of underground electronic music.

The recipe for their success wasn't exactly rocket science, despite Hawtin's contemporary reputation for technological innovation. The parties were based upon the model that Hawtin had experienced as a teenager at Detroit's legendary Music Institute: a black sweatbox of a room, a single strobe light, and the loudest, fullest sound system that the walls could withstand.

Beginning with those Spartan elements, Hawtin and his friends staged increasingly elaborate events whose every detail was intended for the sole purpose of pulling people out of the everyday and plunging them into the unknown. Their success was attributable equally to the crew's bootstrap ingenuity and uncompromising standards.

Events like Hard, Harder, Hardest, Heaven & Hell, Jak, Sickness & Recovery, and the Fuk Tour raised the bar for what was possible from an underground (i.e. illegal) party. They not only made Plastikman a hero across the Midwestern USA, they helped create the platform for an entire scene to develop.

At a time when American rave culture was ballooning with cartoonish neon excess, Plastikman's parties emphasized fundamentals. But this wasn't the back-to-basics aesthetic of retro-leaning dance-music scenes. They used the materials at hand to create their otherworldly, out-of-body experiences.

The materials could be as basic as a roll of black plastic sheeting that covered the walls and ceiling, or as elaborate as 40,000 square feet of abandoned automobile factory. They transformed the spaces they used, rarely setting up in the same place twice, and always altering the structure so completely that if you returned the next day, you would never know what had taken place there. For the duration of the party, it was a world unto itself, cocooned in black plastic or cushioned with four inches of foam. There were probing lights, bowls of fresh fruit, pools full of goldfish, Melba toast dipped in acid.

They mounted four-point sound systems when two were standard. They arranged speakers in the round, the better to immerse the dancers. Their sound system, standing over two heads high, became so famous that it earned its own name—the System—and logo. The speakers ran so hot that they glowed deep inside. Partiers attributed nearly mystical properties to the System, latching onto it like lampreys, becoming one with the vibrations.

Expanding upon the system of info lines and map points that was common in the underground, they developed an extensive mailing list of fans across the Midwest, ensuring dedicated crowds that would travel eight or ten hours for any Plastikman event. By shrouding their parties in secrecy, they stayed one step ahead of both the cops and the commercial mainstream. They were exclusive but inclusive, designed to remain hidden to all but those committed few who wanted to come along on the journey, but open to anyone who made the effort to discover them.

Even if Plastikman is inseparable from the context that created him, the music—which is how most of the world has encountered Plastikman—more than stands on its own. The recordings were as groundbreaking as the events, suggesting new directions and new shapes for techno at every step; indeed, the parties and the records were inextricably connected, each feeding into the other in a dialectic of delirium.

In 1993, Sheet One, with a cover designed to look (and feel) like acid blotter, set the conditions for the Plastikman project. It was intended as a cohesive, album-length statement at a time when techno was mostly a matter of singles; without knowing exactly what he was embarking upon, and without even having yet invented Plastikman, Hawtin recorded virtually the entire thing, more or less in sequence, across two days and nights in the studio he dubbed UTK (or Under The Kitchen), in the basement of his parents' house in Windsor, Ontario. Released in Canada on Hawtin and John Acquaviva's Plus 8 label, and overseas by NovaMute, it changed the shape of techno virtually overnight.

Plastikman followed up little more than a year later with Musik, an even fuller exploration of the area between techno and ambient listening music. Like Sheet One, Musik focused on the sound of Roland's TB-303, shaping its output into a lithe, lyrical form that was worlds away from the strident grind of acid house as it had been conventionally known. More than anything, it challenged techno's harder/faster/louder trajectory by slowing down and tripping out, just as Plastikman's extended DJ sets took dancers on a journey from passion to mania to something like a kind of enlightened calm.

In 1995, just as the Plastikman phenomenon was exploding—thanks to the two albums, the parties in Detroit and Toronto, and Plastikman live shows from Glastonbury to Tokyo—Hawtin was caught crossing the border without work papers and barred from entering the United States. In the end, he was able to return after a year and a half, but the experience affected him profoundly, and Plastikman subsequently took an even darker, more introspective turn. 1998's Consumed reflected that period of isolation and exile, as well as Hawtin's own ambivalence towards his growing fame. After several years of no-holds-barred parties, Consumed wasn't so much a comedown as a new and unexpected phase of a psychedelic trip that showed no end. Inspired in part by a sense of spatial and personal dislocation that he had experienced one night on acid, deep in the Michigan countryside, Consumed was both Plastikman's darkest, strangest album and also his best selling. (It was even nominated for Prix Ars Electronica's esteemed Golden Nica award.)

Artifakts (B.C.) followed in the same year, collecting unreleased material intended for an album that had been preempted by what became Consumed. That unfinished album had been intended as the third piece in a trilogy containing Sheet One and Musik—just one of many examples where Hawtin has looked beyond techno's conventional units of measurement (the one-off party, the single, the album), using multi-part series to explore more nuanced ideas at greater length.

In 2003, Hawtin returned with a fifth Plastikman album, Closer. By now, he had moved from Windsor to New York and was well on his way to becoming the Richie Hawtin we know today. Minus had established a new, global community of artists and fans; Hawtin's reputation as a DJ had exploded, thanks in part to his adventurous mix CDs (Decks, EFX & 909, DE9 | Closer to the Edit, and DE9 | Transitions), and he was headlining bigger and bigger clubs and festivals all over the world. The same year, he moved from New York to Berlin, taking advantage of the European location to take his career to even greater heights.

But for Closer, Hawtin returned to Windsor and delved deep into his alter ego once again, molding the hallmarks of Plastikman's sound into newly alien forms as he probed the deepest recesses of his own psyche. In an unintended twist upon the album's title, Closer closed a chapter of the Plastikman story: at the time, Hawtin believed it was the last time he would record in Windsor, a city he believed to be inseparable from Plastikman himself. Between 2004 and 2007, Hawtin released three Plastikman singles in a series called Nostalgik, suggesting that perhaps the project was forever to be relegated to the history books. But in 2010 Hawtin returned with Plastikman Live, a wildly ambitious multimedia show combining live performance of Plastikman classics and synchronized visuals played out on a massive, semi-circular LED screen.

The tour has taken Plastikman to more than a dozen cities and festival locations worldwide, and it will continue in 2011. After that? Hawtin has hinted at beginning a new chapter of Plastikman's remarkable story, perhaps to include new recordings, perhaps to focus on even more outrageous and innovative incursions into multimedia live performance.

Before that next phase can start, however, Hawtin has decided that it's time to take stock of everything that's happened until now, gathering together his oldest fans and newest devotees—some of whom are too young to have experienced Plastikman in his initial heyday—with Arkives, a massive box set compiling remastered versions of all six Plastikman albums along with five additional CDs of rarities, unreleased material, and brand-new remixes of classic Plastikman tracks from such luminaries as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, Francois Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute's Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones. A DVD of live footage and Plastikman videos rounds out the set, and the deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly commissioned text.

Arkives presents the definitive history of Plastikman until now, leaving the door wide open for the history yet to be written.

about arkives

Richie Hawtin's triumphant return to the stage as Plastikman in 2010 proved that his best-known alias is as innovative and as relevant as ever. Hawtin has taken Plastikman's most classic material, originally released between 1993 and 2003, and reworked it for a truly live performance accompanied by mind-bending, synchronized visuals—a sound and light show like no other, one that collapses the distance between present-day festivals and the uncompromisingly underground warehouse parties of the mid '90s.

For many attendees, this is their first taste of Plastikman. Since 2003, Hawtin has been far better known simply as Richie Hawtin, the celebrated DJ and mastermind behind the Minus label. Some fans today were still infants when Plastikman's acid ripple first began streaming from Hawtin's basement studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

For long-time devotees and new fans alike, Hawtin now presents Plastikman's Arkives, a comprehensive box set that pulls together all 17 years of the Plastikman story so far, including remastered versions of all six previously released Plastikman albums and a trove of rarities, unreleased sessions and new material.

Arkives, which is a strictly limited, made-to-order edition—only as many copies will be manufactured as have been pre-ordered—will be released in four different formats:

Reference (11-disc CD/DVD/book edition)
Analog (6 records on 180-gram vinyl in a deluxe box, with poster), Digital (digital download version)
Komplete (including all CDs, vinyl, book, DVD, and bonus digital downloads)

Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 11 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly commissioned text. The set includes newly remastered versions of all six previously released Plastikman albums—Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer—and five further CDs of rare and unreleased material:

Rekonstruktions collects Plastikman's classic and hard-to-find remixes for other artists, including La Funk Mob, System 7, New Order, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, and even an unreleased remix of his own Robotman project.

Replikants features all-new remixes specially commissioned for the project, in which Hawtin's influences and heroes rework Plastikman's back catalog. Reaching far beyond the world of techno, the disc features luminaries such as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, François Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute's Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones.

Two further CDs contain previously unreleased material. One features the never-before heard, complete recording session from which "Spastik" emerged, along with an unreleased John Peel in-studio live session. Still more previously unreleased Plastikman material follows on the second of these CDs, including the 2010 single "Slinky."

Finally, Nostagik collects rare, out-of-print, vinyl-only editions and bonus Plastikman tracks.

In addition to the CDs, Optik is a DVD of classic & rare Plastikman videos plus previously unreleased footage of Plastikman live at Glastonbury, 1995 and Plastikman live at Mutek, Montreal, 2003.

Arkives Reference also includes a digital download code redeemable at plastikman.com, which will unlock additional material not included on the CDs (or other Arkives editions), insuring that each collector receives the most complete Plastikman Arkives to date.

In addition, Arkives Analog features 6 pieces of 180 gram vinyl, exclusive tracks and a limited edition poster, presented in a deluxe custom box.

Arkives Digital will be the online download version of the project. Offering a ‘lite’ version of the package including a limited selection of the material found in Reference and Analog editions.

And last but not least, for the most decerning Plastikman fans, plastikman.com will feature an exclusive combination package, Arkives Komplete, containing both the Reference and Analog editions.

Special extra bonus incentives will be offered to those who order Arkives Reference or Arkives Komplete early at plastikman.com.

Just as Hawtin and his crew used to cap admission to their underground parties, Arkives' edition will be strictly limited to the pre-orders received. It's a once in a lifetime chance to experience the full sweep of Plastikman's journey so far.

environmentally friendly produktion

The Arkives Reference box set is produced as environmentally friendly as possible!

For the CD inlay we use ECOLPACK and for the book MUNKEN LNYX paper is used. This ensures that everything is wood-free design paper, fully recyclable and FSC & PEFC certified.

The CD-format packaging will attain Industry Green Status, which certifies lower-carbon packaging and guarantees our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example the usage of a board CD tray instead of the usual plastic CD tray results in a 80% reduction of emissions.

The same standards are also guaranteed for the Arkives Analog Edition.

All other printed pieces for Arkives Digital & Bonus CD/Card will also use fully recyclable papers and be both FSC & PEFC certifed.

The environmentally friendly production also includes the transportation of the raw materials and the handling of the semi-finished product during the processing phases. The electrical consumption of the packaging is monitored during all processing phases and the level of consumption is taken into account as well. Even such details as water-soluble glues in the paper-converting process are included in the final calculation of the carbon footprint of the finished product.

The focus on such small details allows us to make sure that the final product meets the highest standards of environmentally friendly production and the lowest possible carbon footprint of each box set produced.

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