The Minus head will release a made-to-order box set next year.
The release, collectively entitled Arkives, will come in four formats: Reference, Analog, Digital and Collection. Arkives Reference will be an 11 disc CD/DVD/book set that will contain remastered versions of all six of Plastikman's previous albums as well as five CDs of rare and unreleased material. Those additional discs are set to contain Plastikman remixes of other artists, specially commissioned remixes by other artists of Plastikman (including takes by soundtrack composer Cliff Martinez, Francois K, Chris & Cosey, Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones and more) and things like the complete "Spastik" sessions. There will also be a new Plastikman single buried in there as well, a track called "Slinky." The DVD will showcase videos from Plastikman's previous work, and also include footage from two festival shows: Glastonbury 1995 and Mutek 2003. Those opting for the Reference package will also receive a digital download code for even more material that didn't make it onto the physical edition of the box set. Last, but not least, RA scribe Philip Sherburne has penned a portion of the 64 page book that will be included in Reference, detailing the impact that Plastikman and Hawtin have had on the electronic music scene over the past 17 years.
Arkives Analog, meanwhile, will be composed six pieces of vinyl that collect "exclusive tracks and a limited edition poster, presented in a deluxe custom box." Arkives Digital will be a limited online-only version of both Reference and Analog, and Arkives Collection will be the super-sized combination of both Reference and Analog. Orders for the box sets are set to begin on October 10th and will be taken though the end of the year. But, if you want one, be sure to get in during that time. Hawtin has promised this will be a strictly made-to-order edition.
Tracklistings for the bonus material in both Reference and Analog have not yet been confirmed. We'll be bringing you that information as soon as we have it.