Dub-techno pioneer Stefan Betke (aka pole) was born and raised in Dusseldorf. Between 1998 and 2000, he released a trilogy of albums known as 1,2, and 3, which became considered classics of the genre. In 1999, Stefan Betke and Barbara Preisinger started their label ˜scape, which became an imprint for unique and outstanding electronic music made by artists such as Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat, Kit Clayton, pole and many more. After releasing two 12 inches and an album on the Mute label, his well respected solo album “Steingarten” came out on ~scape in 2007. Recently, pole´s live sets developed a funkier and groovier direction, a direction confirmed by a series of 12-inches released on his new artist label “pole” in October 2011. These releases reconnect pole’ s latest sound visions with his earlier work on the edge between electronic club music, urban dub and avant-garde, the sound for which pole was always well known and respected.
Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 05/06/2011
Stefan Betke has helped define Berlin dub-techno with his productions and his label ~scape. Well known for his minimalist re-configuration of Jamaican dub on the Blue, Red and Yellow albums at the turn of the decade, Betke found beauty in the static noise of a crash-damaged Waldorf-4-Pole filter. By 2003, the Waldorf filter was retired and Pole released a series of hip- hop incursions on the Mute label (45/45, 90/90, and Pole), which utilized more traditionally electronic production. Betke made another leap in 2007, definitively escaping the cul de sac of his early production style with the release of the critically acclaimed Steingarten, an album that mapped out new Pole territory without leaving behind the qualities that made him unique. He arrives at MUTEK 2011 after a six-year absence from the festival stages, as part of a special soirée dedicated to the design intersections between Berlin, Montreal, and Buenos Aires.