Richie Hawtin awarded doctorate by Sir Patrick Stewart

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The University of Huddersfield honour the Canadian’s outstanding contribution to the world of music technology

Richie Hawtin has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for his outstanding contribution to the world of music technology by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart, all-round British acting legend and chancellor of the university.

Hawtin has been involved in a number of music technology projects throughout his career, the most recent of which is his platform for education, CNTRL.

The US university campus tour features a series of lectures on the technology, production and business of electronic music.

It is the third honour Hawtin has received in the last year, after he was given the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music last September by the Association for Independent Music, as well as the Sake Samurai Award by the Sake Samurai Association at the Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

News of the Honorary Doctorate first broke in May, when the university labelled the techno pioneer a ‘cult DJ’.

Richie Hawtin to receive Doctorate from University of Huddersfield

Richie Hawtin, the techno stalwart famous for his forward-thinking music production and live performances, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.

Labelled a ‘cult-DJ’ by the University, Hawtin was chosen for the award not only for his contribution to the electronic music scene but also his cross-cultural achievements, including a collaboration with Anish Kapoor’s art structure for Monumenta in Paris.

Hawtin broke onto the Detroit techno scene in the early 90’s, and while he has since gained worldwide notoriety for his ENTER. events, he has stayed trued to his underground roots with numerous albums and compilations released under his Plastikman alias.

The English-born Canadian will receive the award in July alongside seven other distinguished individuals from the media, science, enterprise and politics.