Dusseldorf-born, Berlin-based dub techno pioneer Stefan Betke (aka Pole) has devoted the past two decades to dismantling rhythmic structures and seeking out new beginnings, whether as label owner, producer or master engineer. Well known for his expansive slices of dub inflected minimalism, Betke found beauty in the creaks and crackles of a crash damaged Waldorf-4-Pole filter, which inspired his nom de plume back in the mid 1990s. Having long operated at the intersection of abstracted techno and Jamaican dub reggae, Betke garnered early career acclaim for a series of sparse hip hop incursions on the Mute label, including an eponymous 2003 record featuring rapper Fat Jon. Meanwhile, Betke and Barbara Preisinger launched their influential (now defunct) label ˜scape in 1999, an imprint for distinctive electronic experimentations from the likes of Jan Jelinek, Burnt Friedman, Deadbeat and many others. Pole’s widely lauded 2007 album Steingarten marked a pared down, analog haze induced departure from earlier production tropes. Betke’s work has since continually fluctuated between jazz, techno, house, dub and beyond, while also revisiting and rereleasing his entire back catalogue digitally. After flooding festival patrons with his complex walls of syncopated sound and funky dub filters in the immersive dome at the SAT during the 2012 AVANT_MUTEK event, Pole returns to Montréal to present a sparkling, technologically complex A/V ballet with visual artist and designer Marcel Weber (MFO). Freely inspired by the Ballets Russes, this multifaceted performance will meld new and old media forms – Betke’s analog mixers and effect appliances sharing the spotlight with Weber’s prisms, projectors and mirrors – as MFO translates Pole’s emotional, nature minded musical matter into a cosmos of sensory laden textures and disturbances. Pole's musical themes of the last decade are enriched, looped and remodelled through MFO’s tightly choreographed visual language. MFO will use pictures taken by Lea Fabrikant for his visual show. With the support of Goethe-Institut and Auswärtiges Amt.
Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm