From Berlin-Mitte, a central district in greater Berlin,
where Stefan Betke, the individual behind Pole, lives,
it takes a mere 15 minutes to drive to the Koepenicker
Strasse in Kreuzberg, where his studio is situated in
a former warehouse. The contrast could not be more prominent.
Strand, from Pole 3
is now available for MP3
download from our traffic-jam generating MP3 page.
You can also hear a Pole cybercast at midnight on May
27 at Betalounge.com.
05/12/00 The Pole appearance at the
Anchorage on the 8th of June now includes µ-Ziq (along
with the already appearing Scanner and Granular Synthesis).
12/13/99 Stefan Betke, Pole remembers
1999 with a noteworthy story: The Fat Cat label in London
got a track which was sent in under the name of Pole
but it actually wasn't Pole. Pole was in North America
touring at that time and Fat Cat thought it is a track
by Pole. They pressed it and sent it out into the world
and when Pole came back from his tour he was suprised
and angry that someone did this under his name. But
the the worst thing ever is that the tracks are so bad
and has definetly nothing to do with Pole, that Stefan
is asking himself does this stupid guy or girl whoever
did this understand what he (Stefan) is doing? If someone
knows who it was please let us now about this.
Top Music of 1999:
Farben feat. The Dramatiques (Llang Electronic)
Steve Reich - Drummers Drumming
Meredith Monk - Dolmen Music
Kit Clayton (scape records)
Vladislav Delay - hume
Wunder - karaoke kalk
Film of 1999:
Book of 1999:
Neue Music Aus Japan by Thorsten Krmer
Stefan Betke has started his own record label.
From the website: "~scape
records is a new label from Berlin, which intends
to concentrate on exactly this modern city dub. Founded
and managed by Stefan Betke who has (under the name
Pole) established and developed this sound during
the last two years like no other with his releases on
Kiff SM and DIN and through various respected remixes."
His first release was a 12" by Californian Kit Clayton
"Nek Purpalet" this past summer and now a full length
LP/CD by Clayton called "Nek Sanalet." Dave Martin tells
us it fits into the "Modern city dub" parameters very