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Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman project is back after an 11-year drought

After 11 years of radio silence, Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman moniker is back, and it comes bearing a finished full-length album.

News of the upcoming album, slated for release sometime in 2014, came about in an interview with Societe Perrier during Miami’s Art Basel, in which Hawtin talks about the connection between music and art. The album will be the first original full-length for Plastikman in over a decade, following Closer in 2003.

Under the Plastikman alias, Hawtin set a new standard for minimal techno in the 90s, along with a series of innovative live shows that engulfed audiences in the Plastikman experience. (“My job with Plastikman live is to bring the weirdest possible show to the most people,” he said in a 2010 interview.)

According to Hawtin, the project had been a fruitless effort for six years, before a burst of inspiration hit him shortly after his November performance as Plastikman at the Guggenheim in New York City, saying, “It put me back in the studio and inspired me enough to work on new material, and in five days I created a new album.

“You talk about connectivity between art, music and architecture,” he continued. “Music came out of me because of the opportunity to play in this beautiful architectural place that is actually renowned for art, not music. And now there’s a new Plastikman album. That’s how closely these mediums actually live together, but at the same time the mass population sees them as completely different things.”

Watch the complete interview with Richie Hawtin below, and stay tuned as more details regarding the upcoming Plastikman album emerge.

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