Arkives Reference 1993-2010


[Last 6 copies of this now deleted boxset; these copies all have minor split seams on the box, and/or minor cover wear. They are being sold at much lower as a result, was $200 in the past. Sold: as is, no returns. All discs/packaging intact.] 17 years of Richie Hawtin's alter-ego Plastikman in one super-limited, luxurious box comprising 15 CDs, 1 DVD and a book! 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. Since 2003, Hawtin has been far better known simply as Richie Hawtin, the celebrated DJ and mastermind behind the M_nus 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 is a strictly-limited, made-to-order edition. Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 15 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with fold-out sleeves for all 16 discs, plus a 94-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 nine 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, Fran├žois Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood, and Mute's Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones. Additional 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, including the 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 Plastikman live at Mutek, Montreal, 2003. Arkives Reference also includes a digital download code redeemable at, 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. Just as Hawtin and his crew used to cap admission to their underground parties, Arkives' edition will be strictly limited. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the full sweep of Plastikman's journey so far.