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international news _ Jonty Skrufff _ 7th June 2005

Plastikman Steps Into Jean Michel Jarre's Shoes

Richie Hawtin unveiled details of his new compilation CD DE:9 Transitions this week and boasted it will 'blow the idea of the conventional DJ mix out of the water'.

"The CD not only explores the traditional musical 'transition' in time and amplitude (X and Y) of Sound, but also in the depth (Z) of Space and Perception," the minimal techno star enthused, "opening up the DJ mix for the first time into a fully encompassing, surround sound (5.1) environment. DE9: Transition has been from start to end, constructed, and composed to be a completely immersive experience," he gushed.

The Canadian DJ's language emulated similarly ecstatic comments made by electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre  last year, who used 5.1 Surround Sound on his latest album Aero (largely a remake of Oxygene).

"Ever since Oxygene and the beginning of my career I thought electronic music should be shared in an immersed way. I always considered electronic music to be a sensual experience, physical, almost sexual," Jean Michel told Skrufff.

"The CD era for me was a bad time, a hard time and something that I never felt enthusiastic about, I think it was a regression vis a vis the vinyl era," he continued. "We lost the warmth and the emotional response that was present in vinyl. We need to restore this emotional link through a more sensual, more emotional approach of sound."

DE9: Transition is out on Novamute shortly. (Jonty Skrufff/Skrufff.com)

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