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Richie Hawtin announces new interactive app, CLOSER

It's designed to bring audiences closer to what's going on behind the decks

Richie Hawtin has discussed plans for a new interactive app called CLOSER. 

The app, Hawtin says, is designed to bring audiences closer to the action behind the decks via a number of interactive features. He plans to release it in September, with the idea having stemmed from the CLOSE live show that he's been touring in recent years having premiered it in 2017.

Hawtin spoke about the app during an interview for the Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast. Hawtin further explained that the app will give fans a chance to see his CLOSE live show up-close and deconstruct it, adding that it will "give them a feeling of living in that moment of creativity – of chaos".

The app already exists, but will be developed further in September. It currently allows users to download previous CLOSE shows – there is an option to change the camera and angles and see the different equipment Hawtin operates, and look closely at specific transitions within the set. Although the app currently only allows detailed playbacks of previous shows, Hawtin says in the podcast that he hopes to eventually be able to add a live-streaming interactive element.

You can listen to the podcast below.

Hawtin recently returned to his F.U.S.E. project to mark the 25th anniversary of his 'Dimension Intrusion' album with a reissue and audiovisual exhibition.

Read our recent North America cover feature on Richie Hawtin here.