Label: Matador - OLE 339-2P • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Dub, Minimal, Experimental
In particular, the six albums that he released during this period under the Pole moniker have lastingly shifted the coordinates of electronica. The three albums are now considered milestones of electronic music. Melodies have never Tanzen - Pole - CD 1 my motivation — they were always more peripheral. But across those albums, the reverbs and the bass lines were always related and interlinked with each other.
Soon afterwards he opened his own mastering studio scape-mastering. Betke continues to operate the scape studio, in which he has not only produced his own music, but also a considerable number of remixes for a diverse range of artists including Depeche Mode, Louis Armstrong, Tanzen - Pole - CD 1 The Dice, and The Orb feat. Lee Perry. In the same studio, Betke has also mastered countless tracks and albums for CD and vinyl, Parovoz - Corvin Dalek - Assorted Stadtansichten (A Journey Through Berlin) film soundtracks for the likes of Wim Wenders.
Although it was with the now-legendary, defective Waldorf 4-Pole filter that Pole initially realized his signature sound, over the years Pole emerged as a sonic architect who increasingly drew from internal sources — finding inspiration in the city as well as in nature.
The urban canyons of New York or the broad avenues of Berlin, the mountains and valleys with their echoes, Tanzen - Pole - CD 1 meditative forests, the above, below and beyond, as well as the horizon — offset by the verticals of trees and buildings — became a sort of matrix for Pole, within which he could hone a very specific poetry of reverberation with unmatched virtuosity. Pole increasingly presented this through live performances, in which the elements of improvisation and the erratic Tanzen - Pole - CD 1 of his own music played an equally constant and central role.
Pole performed in small clubs and on the biggest festival stages, sometimes on consecutive days. Next to Basic Channel and Kraftwerk, Pole is one of the examples of German electronic music that has built up a large international fan base. I write my music outside of the timeline of electronic music. So I am fairly often offered the closing concert, which in turn has given me enormous freedom in designing my sets — and I see it in the faces of the people that they obviously really enjoy hearing something different from on the previous evenings.
With the precision of a structural engineer and the confident intuition of one who can hear sound where previously there was silence, Pole goes to the concrete cellars, open-air stages and nightclubs in his path and busts them open from the inside out.
The fact that Steve Reich and Arnold Schoenberg, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay and Fred Frith stand alongside Jamaica and Lee Perry as important influences for the professed minimalist has so far neither hurt the energy-discharging potential of his concerts nor the stringent, reductive simplicity of his albums. At the same time, Pole has always been open to various shorter and longer term collaborations with other musicians, such as Four Tet, Roll The Dice or the American rapper Fat Jon.
In retrospect, this journey away from instrumental music can be viewed as a singular detour. Throughout these various collaborations, Pole has maintained a head-on approach to the discourse at hand — permanently refocusing a restless mind. In order to keep his own back catalog available and to release new albums without external interference, Stefan Betke founded the Pole label in Berlin in Above all, Young & Sick - Heartache Fetish is thus ensured that the Pole narrative will continue to be written and his musical vocabulary will continue to expand — in dub.
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