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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