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Artifakts [Best of, Import]

Plastikman Audio CD
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1. Korridor
2. Psyk
3. Pakard
4. Hypokondriak
5. Rekall
6. Skizofrenik
7. Are Friends Elektrik?

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In the circuitous notes that accompany this release, Canadian producer Richie Hawtin attempts to explain why Artifakts (BC) should be viewed as his third Plastikman album rather than what is in reality his fourth. Instead of pondering the details, suffice it to say he regards this release as the proper close of a trilogy that started with 1993's Sheet One, continued with 1994's Musik, and got diverted by 1998's Consumed. Musically, it makes perfect sense. Artifakts (BC) picks up on the elementary bass and beat soundscapes that earmarked the debut. Once again, Hawtin strips away any trace of melody or orchestration from his songs, allowing them to form out of the rudimentary rhythm patterns and his own cool indifference. Rarely has such excessive self-indulgence sounded so mesmerizing. --Aidin Vaziri

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4.0 out of 5 stars Plastikman at the top of his game Oct. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Simply put...if you like electronic music that defines a genre...then pick this up. I disagree with a lot of the reviewers on this piece. If you listen to the first three tracks only for eternity...it's worth the price. There are some interesting pieces from tracks 4-7...but they are nothing compared to the conceptual slowmotion groove apocalypse that is set by the first three tracks. Korridor...although beatless...sets up Psyk, an all time speaker crusher which melts into the ultra-chill Packard. [Which you must bow to the sheer largesse of instantly.] Total preludes to the entire "Consumed" Record from a conceptual standpoint. Which I would recommend any interested party pick up as well. Minimalism at it's best. Artifakts B.C. is what good electronic music should be...timeless. [In an age where gear upgrades occur on a daily basis and the hybrids of style have already created endless new classifications.] This one will never be lost. It defines...it delivers. It would do so if it only had the the first 3 tracks. It get's 4 stars based on those tracks alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laid back May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This whole album is nothing but undertones. This album is very quiet (if you listen to it you'll understand). It is not %100 ambient. I wouldn't even know how to describe it because I have heard nothing like it other than his other album, Consumed (although a little louder). I listen to this when I want some background noise, ie sleeping and working.
I hope my brief review didn't sound negative, because I do like this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plastikman at the top of his game Oct. 7 2003
By Roger B. Owsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply put...if you like electronic music that defines a genre...then pick this up. I disagree with a lot of the reviewers on this piece. If you listen to the first three tracks only for eternity...it's worth the price. There are some interesting pieces from tracks 4-7...but they are nothing compared to the conceptual slowmotion groove apocalypse that is set by the first three tracks. Korridor...although beatless...sets up Psyk, an all time speaker crusher which melts into the ultra-chill Packard. [Which you must bow to the sheer largesse of instantly.] Total preludes to the entire "Consumed" Record from a conceptual standpoint. Which I would recommend any interested party pick up as well. Minimalism at it's best. Artifakts B.C. is what good electronic music should be...timeless. [In an age where gear upgrades occur on a daily basis and the hybrids of style have already created endless new classifications.] This one will never be lost. It defines...it delivers. It would do so if it only had the the first 3 tracks. It get's 4 stars based on those tracks alone.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars *presses Repeat-button* Dec 6 2001
By Rasmus Bryder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First came Sheet One (1993) with the first sounds and beats ever produced by Richie Hawtin (Plastikman). Then came Musik (1994), which made electronic music a new thing and feeling. Shortly after, Richie planned his third album, Klinik, but after his world tour, he dropped it. In 1998 came Consumed, and only about a month after, Artifakts came.
Artifakts contains some tracks from Klinik, and the others like Are Friends Electrik? and Hypokondriak. Richie wanted this album to be his third album, since it has another old sound than Consumed. Korridor is just a non-beat-track with no really concept. Just a sound repeating over and over again. Psyk is much better; starts with a kick and then moves on with cymbals, snares and much more, until a synthesizer is repeated and repeated, but actually it sounds good. Dong, dong, dong, dong...that is actually what Pakard sounds like. Over 12+ minutes, it repeats and repeats the same sounds, when a kinda siren playing in the background. I think, it's kinda boring, but it's sounds good in the end. H Y P O K O N D R I A K is OK, but it's a little annoying, when you hear it many times (especially when they're after each other), and that's why this is my hate-track on Artifakts. So......Rekall is very nice made. I like the synthesizers used in this track, and the beats are perfect. Skizofrenik is also good - enough. It's an OK beat, but it's not the best. Are Friends Elektrik? is really good, just as good as Psyk. Then it goes with Lodgikal Nonsense, just a 2:17-track, but it's really funny! I laughed, when I heard it. Just letting Richie spin the normal conversations into funny talk!
Artifakts is an okay album, though it could be a little better. But as the ending of the trilogy with Sheet One and Musik, it's really good. Sheet One does the movement and trips, Musik goes into funkier beats and melodies, and when we get to Artifakts, it's a flashback to Sheet One and the long endless ambient style. My tip is to buy this one before Consumed, to get the real feeling, that Richie is getting better on the way. Anyway, it's a nice album. *presses Repeat-button* :-/
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Hawtin!! April 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this Plastikman album with a bit of skepticism a while back... Afterall, I've had enough of his rather mindless hyperkinetic beatfeasts from his prior EP's... In all trueness, I was addicted to the sounds found on "Marbles" and "Substance Abuse," (from his prior releases) and was wondering when he would ever return to that same brand of liquid 303 coolness... I heard "psyk" and "packard" in a record store and they were enough to bring a big grin to my face and buy the album... Definitely more minimal and streamlined than his prior releases, but still head strong with the tripiness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. A master at the height of his powers. Jan. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aside from the length, this album is excellent. The sound is similar to his earlier work, yet more intelligent. The fact is I think Ritche is simply becoming a better musician. You can hear some of his earlier ideas, but they are expressed with much more finesse. While the albums are very different, I can hear some of Consumed in the sound. Track 5 is a MASTERPIECE. I remeber Richies days at the Shelter in Detroit. It is wonderful to hear him getting even better with age. So many artists simple cannot break out of set patterns. Rithie continues to evolve. Oh Yeah...did I mention that he is a genius?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is what I was waiting for. May 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any fan of 'Sheet One' and 'Muzik' will appreciate 'Artifakts (BC)'. 'Consumed' may be a new direction for Richie's production, but let's face it, this is the Plastikman sound we have grown up on.
I'll leave 'Consumed' on the back burner until I want to break out some serious drugs... which I don't expect to be soon.
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