|Title:||EX (Performed Live At The Guggenheim, NYC)|
|Style:||Minimal Techno, Acid, Experimental|
|Other format:||AHX MMF MP3 RA VOX AC3 AUD|
EX (also referred to as EX: Live at Guggenheim, NYC) is the sixth studio album by Canadian techno musician Richie Hawtin under his Plastikman moniker, the first studio album to be released under that name in 11 years, the last studio album being 2003's Closer. It was recorded in a single session on 16 November 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City
EX is the first album from Richie Hawtin's Plastikman in nine years. Hawtin was an influential part of Detroit's techno wave in the early 1990s and continues to be a leading pioneer of minimal techno. Hawtin is well known and regarded for his work under the alias, Plastikman under which he released a series of minimalist records during the 1990s and early 2000s that put him on the map as a leading electronic artist. This very special album was recorded live at the Guggenheim and consists of 7 tracks.
Though constantly working under some alias or another, the last proper album under the Plastikman banner came in the form of 2003's claustrophobic Closer. Its decade-later follow-up, Ex, was recorded at a very special performance and the unique circumstances and the challenges they posed are reflected in the album's tense, sometimes desperate tones. Hawtin was invited to perform at New York City's Guggenheim Museum as part of their annual fundraising events. Though Ex was recorded during performance, its nonstop sweep of abstract minimalism and uneasy grooves are by no means a typical live album or even "continuous mix" fare. The material here sounds meticulously conceived and stays engaging throughout, even if the audio was recorded in one pass in front of an audience.
Ex, or Eks as he should have called it, is a live recording of that performance at the Guggenheim. It's also one of those fleeting moments that remind you why someone is considered a legend in their field in the first place. Ex: Performed Live at the Guggenheim NYC is barely there sometimes. It's also high art. All track names are derived from the Ex prefix: "Exposed", "Extend", "Expand", "Extrude", "Explore", "Expire", and "Exhale". But that's Plastikman's MO - he's a thief in the night. And you don't become a Mute label heavyweight by being boring. Listening to Ex: Performed Live at the Guggenheim NYC is very unusual. I found myself hanging onto every cycle as it came around, anxious to hear how it would develop - if it ever did. Some just faded off into a sonic Bermuda Triangle.
EX: Performed Live At The Guggenheim NYC (2xLP). The last album he made as under his revered alias came in 2003's Closer, and more than a decade later he provides EX, a seven-track LP recorded live at New York's Guggenheim Museum for a special performance at the invitation of fashion designer Raf Simons. From "EXposed" to "EXhale" each track varies in the way it beeps, bleeps and gurgles with super sweet acid. Italo synths take over in "EXtend" and "EXpand", while basslines and kooky electronics similar to Yello rise to the surface in "EXtrude"
Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC), - . 0. Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) /Folder. Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) /04. EXtrude. Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) /05. EXplore. Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) /06. EXpire. Plastikman - EX (Performed live at the Guggenheim, NYC) /01. EXposed.