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PLASTIKMAN is the main recording identity for Windsor, Canada's Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman, FUSE, Circuit Breaker, From Within to name a few). Since his debut as States of Mind and FUSE in 1990 to the launch of Plastikman in 1992, his sound has developed through early connotations of acidic techno and extreme levels of energy (1993's 'Spastik') to sonic experiments in ... Read more in Amazon's Plastikman Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NovaMute
  • ASIN: B00000896X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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After the huge critical success of Musik and Sheet One and a justified reputation as one of the best live techno acts ever, Plastikman's third album is a move away from the dancefloor. An alias for Canadian technohead and co-founder of Detroit label +8 Richie Hawtin, Plastikman has created the soundtrack for surveillance videos. Incredibly dark and atmospheric, Hawtin plays with the empty places in your head. Electronic noises echo through space as if in barren warehouses. Melodic acid lines drift over never-ending beats in the eerily bleak "Locomotion" and "Contain". This intense music is best heard in quiet isolation, not before a night out on the tiles. --Ed Potton

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
dark, sweet, rich, empty and mysterious. This album delivers the promise of illbient techno. Minimalist at the same time as being almost overpoweringly rich sonically. A must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. V. Csizmadia on 25 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
If your into minimal or have a very open mind to music and your patient, buy it now! This album is the most perfect in composition, down right ot every channel in every track. It should be playing in an empty dim hall in a modern gallery. Ritchie Hawtin's life's purpose was to create this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Appleton on 15 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
bought this on vinyl years ago, and still found myself needing this album after my record player bit the dust. Great dub techno.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Conway on 8 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I used to absolutely love this, but am listening to it now for the first time since getting the seminal Basic Channel back catalogue and this just pales in comparison.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Not just music, but a work of masterful art. 18 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember casually browsing around the local record store when I came across this album in USED RACK. I was a bit surprised and taken off-guard, considering the praise which this album has received. I bought it for 8 bucks and rushed back home to take a listen. For the next 70+ minutes, I sat in my beanbag chair completely captivated by this disc. I couldn't move, nor could I answer the phone or even speak. THis is a powerful work which will stand the test of time. I am not screwing around here. Like Kraftwerk has done for electronic music and techno altogether, Richie Hawtin has done to not only minimalistic techno . . . but for the senses. s
Like the album title, that is exactly what this music does to your mind, ears, and soul . . . it "consumes" you. THis album is a living and breathing entity to me. It fluctuates and moves like no other music you will hear. It repeats over and over and over, whipping you into a trance in the most aesthetically pleasing ways. It has extremely low bass and has waves of synth washing over you with some serious effects. Mixing this music with a nice atmosphere and peaceful setting will reduce you to nothingness . .. in Richie's world, EVERY SINGLE ENTITY IS ESSENTIAL. He makes sounds which range from a frog to factory machinary grinding along to empty space to the bottom of the ocean. He took me places I never knew imagined, and in just the simplest ways.
Minimalistic techno is not for everyone. It is a very mature and complex sound which takes time to grow in a person's "scheme of things." All the 14 and 15-year-old candyravers can forget about this one . . . it's far too over their heads. And I mean that in the nicest way.
I urge all those interested to purchase and give it a try. It takes time and can't be listened to every single day. I hope you will cherish it like I have. Richie Hawtin is honestly one of the best I have heard since Aphex Twin and The Orb.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dark, Minimal, and above all...TRIPPY!!! 9 Oct. 2002
By Kris Tavis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of the thousands (literally) of cds that I own, I can honestly say that this one has had the greatest psychological effect on me. I feel kinda bad about saying that since from my own understanding, it's the album that Richie Hawtin spent the least amount of time on. It was recorded under pressure shortly after he was let back into the US after being deported. I think the events in his personal life are seriously reflected in the music. It's VERY dark, seductive music that will put you in an altered state. I highly recommend picking up this album, turning down the lights, and preparing yourself for a mind-expanding experience.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dark, haunting music. 2 Feb. 2003
By Kenneth Harden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wow, I am truly fascinated by this CD. No matter how much I listen to it, I never get sick of it, I always find new components each time I listen to it. The word "dark" has been used many times to describe this CD, and that is the perfect choice, as this music is in no way "happy" or "upbeat." I would call this music very serious and surreal. This CD is a must have, it was great the first time I listened to it, and it is still great after my 20th listen. Pick it up and listen, you will love it!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Minimalist masterpiece 9 Sept. 2001
By "cybernut70" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An album of sliding surfaces, hypnotic pulsations and ethereal, background textures: "Consumed" is clealy not mutated Techno for the Dancefloor, but rather a step in an alternative direction. In fact it's almost sound-art installation material. Coming from the same strange spaces as Hawtins Ltd Edition "Concept" series, "Consumed" is an extended and cohesive exploration into minimalist technological abstraction. Whilst the pieces are essentially repetitive in nature, it's as though they enter a new space: a space in which the usual 2D linearity is replaced by a 4D expansiveness. This not only applies to the production, (which makes use of spatialising technology) but to the arrangments as well. In fact, the production and arrangement on this album are so intertwined as to be indistinguishable.
There a lot of subtle details woven into the mix and the sense of depth is something to be experienced. Sonically, the pieces don't astound, though they are very pleasant to the ear. However, what it lacks in sonic originality it makes up for in design, managing to convey a sense of future-ness within it's minamalist outline. This album feels out of place on my humble stereo: it seems more suited to some kind of specialised environment. I imagine some kind of vast hall or series of halls, where the sense of depth and space within the music would be more greatly enhanced. It's not easy-listening or lounge-core, or ambient. It's not even particularly enjoyable, (remember: art does not always equal entertainment) but it's a fascinating ride nontheless.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
! 4 Dec. 1999
By Phil Andringa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some not so intelligent people like my friends try to convince me that the Chemical Brothers are far better techno (duh Phil they acutally hyave a beat! ) Well so does this. If I have any bass on my stereo while playing this my cieling tiles vibrate. So it does a bassy beat, that is unaudible on alot of stereos if you were wondering about that. Its a new direction for Richie Hawtin (plastikman) but its a good one. If you liek ambient or trance get this. This is closer to the word trance than any crap Paul Van Dyk or Oakenfold can spew out.
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