The fatal attraction Richie Hawtin has towards new technologies is well documented. At the beginning of Summer, the Minus boss announced Griid at Barcelona’s Sónar festival, an Ableton Live modular touch control system for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch developed by Liine in collaboration with Hawtin himself. This new technology aims at “redefining the way in which people interact with sounds” and it’s the basis for a new idea: Remiix. It allows users to recombine and transform a series of original sound materials with the help of iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The first one to have provided some music for Remiix is, of course, Plastikman.
The pack “Remiix: Plastikman Replikants” will be available for download via iTunes as of December. Besides the app, the set includes a series of loops, fragments of tracks taken from the Plastikman catalogue, remixes specially made for “Arkives” and a second series of short audio fragments from Hawtin’s hard drive. Thanks to the Remiix technology, fans will be able to manipulate these materials to their tastes, recombining the different parts and applying a series of effects—EQ's, reverbs, delays, etc—depending on the musical personality of each artist. All this comes integrated into an intuitive, user-friendly interface.