Twittering Plastikman at Sónar 2009
Richie Hawtin announced his date with Sónar with new DJ technology in the backpack
Richie Hawtin’s traditional appointment at Sónar will take place on Friday night on the main stage, Sonarclub. Hawtin arrives at Sónar 2009 at an artistic zenith, fully consolidated as an international dance music benchmark.
The session by the acclaimed Canadian dj and producer, an eagerly-awaited highlight every year by the Sónar audience, joins the list of artists focusing their work on the dancefloor, which also includes the British producer Rustie (one of the key figures in the new wave of the wonky genre in the urban rhythms area) and Spain’s Angel Molina, HD Substance (who will also be at SonarKids), Nacho Marco and Henry Saiz, who are all a guarantee of quality and precision on the decks.
Richie Hawtin is best known for his abstract, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a moniker he continued to use into the mid 2000s. Hawtin is known for DJing minimal techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. He is expected to be testing the beta version of the software Twitter DJ on this event.
Twitter DJ is the latest brainwave from Richie Hawtin, who’s already spent much of his career pioneering new technologies as a DJ, producer and label owner, from the development of Midi enabled DJ mixers such as Allen & Heath’s Xone92 & 3D mixers, to Final Scratch DJ technology. At this year’s Time Warp event Richie built on ideas first explored during 2008’s Contakt tour, testing Traktor Pro with a new background application that allows for real time broadcasting of all tracks played during a DJ set. The new application, developed in-house by Bryan McDade at Hawtin’s M-nus label, works as a conduit between Traktor and the online messaging utility Twitter. M-nus and Native Instruments worked closely together to optimize the Traktor software for this special use
The Twitter DJ application utilizes feeds from an updated version of Traktor’s standard broadcasting technology to send 30 second updates during Hawtin’s set of what’s currently playing to a designated Twitter account, allowing anyone following the Twitter group to obtain a unique insight into how a DJ builds the atmosphere and dynamics of a set, track by track, and in real time. The track information is freely accessible from any Twitter configured personal mobile devices (even from the dance floor) and archived online on the Twitter page. This concept is also a significant step towards helping smaller independent record companies and artists to gain further recognition and free promotion when their releases are played as digital files.
To see it in operation, contact rhawtin on Twitter (www.twitter.com/rhawtin)
More about Richie Hawtin demonstrating his Traktor Scratch four-deck performance setup can be seen in a series of three videos.
Hawtin explains his setup based on Traktor Scratch and his Allen & Heath Xone 92 mixer and 1D controllers, and shows how he uses the syncing and Beatmashing features in Traktor.
Hawtin explains his approach to four-deck mixing, and how he syncs his Traktor setup with his label mates during live performances.
Hawtin explains how he uses the looping features of Traktor to build his set, and how “double macros” allow him realize intense buildups and other advanced performance tricks