Richie Hawtin revealed his 25-year old CONCEPT 1 album will be made available to the public as a digital release exclusively through Bandcamp at the following link.
Richie Hawtin – Concept 1 96:12
In 1996 CONCEPT 1 first started as a subscription series featuring a limited run of 2,000 monthly 12-inch releases. 25 years later, CONCEPT 1 will now be available for download as individual tracks and in a complete package featuring a bonus track. Following its initial re-release, there will also be a triple vinyl release and a final release on all digital streaming platforms. This marks the first time it will be made available digitally. The series was reissued in 2007 as a double-CD set.
Showcasing Hawtin’s early experimentation of the minimal and acid techno sound of the 1990s, CONCEPT 1 is considered one of Hawtin’s most defining releases to date. Now, making its digital debut, fans can experience the body of work in one cohesive digital format.
“This release marked a real shift in my production style in 1996 and was the start of a significant chapter in my recording career. Everything was handled independently – from design to distribution to a subscription service to accompany it – so releasing this with Bandcamp now really captures that spirit of the landscape back in the mid-nineties. Concept 1 was recorded in isolation at a time when I was not allowed to enter the USA and with everything going on in the world at this moment, it felt like the right time to finally release this project to a larger audience. Without the year of experimentation around the recording process of Concept 1 in 1995, I would never have gotten to the reduction that I was able to achieve later on the recording style of Plastikman Consumed. In that way, this is as an important album for me than any of my Plastikman albums.”Richie Hawtin