Watch: Plastikman Live 1.5 in action

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Plastikman Live was one of the undisputed highpoints of the 2011 Future Music Festival tour, and plenty of ITMers have been singing its praises ever since. Being the perfectionist that he is, though, Richie Hawtin’s vision was only in its formative stages then. Now the techno maven has developed Plastikman Live 1.5, with a world tour underway. His hopes for this incarnation are nothing if not ambitious. As he told Data Transmission: “I wanted to bring the most forward thinking, underground, live-electronic show to the centre stage.”

Hawtin’s creative partner in the journey of Plastikman Live is visual designer Ali Demirel, who has helped bring the intense show to life. We’ve been itching to see just what the team has come up with for the 1.5 redux, and now Demirel has produced a video that shows the full 60-minute performance in a dazzling 60 seconds. Let’s just say that it’s a very impressive minute of YouTube-ing, which you can watch below.

In other ‘news’, Hawtin has also been at the centre of a storm-in-a-teacup on his Facebook page this week after he posted a picture of a DJ wheeling a bag of vinyl behind him on the streets of Berlin, with the caption: “Is this ‘DJ’ pulling records behind him? Is this Berlin 2011 or NYC/Detroit/Chicago 1988? How far we’ve come and how little we’ve progressed!’

After a flurry of anguished comments (‘tis the internet, after all), Hawtin replied with a lengthy justification that we’ll condense into: “I never imagined the outpouring of emotions and comments from my post. My apologies to the DJ and anyone who took my comments personally – it categorically wasn’t my intention to suggest vinyl DJs are in any ways ‘lesser’ than digital.”


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cheechvda said on the 20th Oct, 2011

when will he return to Australia? I think it might be hard to do it as often as he does in europe because its so damn far away from everywhere... Plus I dont think he has the following here that he does in europe!!! My mind is still in pieces after the future show


Fourthstate said on the 20th Oct, 2011

A living legend! I hope he returns again soon! Once was not enough

special ed

special ed said on the 20th Oct, 2011

i think he has a pretty decent following here. He could quite easily sell out the hordern (syd) for plastikman live 1.5, if it was promoted well.

*looks at future/ scott*


m_xt said on the 20th Oct, 2011

%u201CIs this %u2018DJ%u2019 pulling records behind him?"
I wonder if he says that to Sven Vath whenever they cross paths?


muse said on the 20th Oct, 2011

How is this version 1.5? It's exactly the same as his show here earlier this year (or was that 1.5?). I have the entire hour permanently burned into my memory....and don't get me wrong I could happily go back in time and watch that show again and again, but fail to see how this is a new version?


JackT said on the 20th Oct, 2011

Interesting observation; I was thinking there were new visuals/interactions - maybe new arrangements too? If it's EXACTLY the same as FMF, then...yeah...I'm selling y'all a lie

special ed

special ed said on the 21st Oct, 2011

i think 1.5 is just the original show possibly re-tweaked a bit. Its was only its early stages when it came here last here. So really, that means he probably wont bring it back, as we've already seen it in it's beta phase