April 28th 2018 pole was playing live at the Oscillate party in Birmingham alongside the Oscillate Sound System and Higher Intelligence Agency. The recording of this live set is available on Oscillate´s mixcloud site.
The German pioneer of electronic music Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) amassed a vast archive of sounds for use in combination with each other in live performances. In 2011 the idea came up of con-structing new compositions, not remixes, from this material. The Con-Struct series was born. This release features con-structions by Pole: Conrad Schnitzler & pole – Con-Struct will be released on Buerau B as CD, Vinyl and Digital Download march 24th 2017.
January 29th 2016 pole releases a limited 7inch including a remix by PEDER MANNERFELT!
After his album „WALD“ pole releases a version of his track „Lurch“ which was available as bonus download track in Japan only.
The flip side includes an exceptional stripped to the bones remix by Peder Mannerfelt (Roll The Dice, Subliminal Kid)
Limited to 300 copies!
If you would like to order the 7inch directly from pole, please send a message including your full address (shipping address) and your paypal address with the subject “order lurch” via the website (contact/imprint). You will receive a paypal invoice and the record will be shipped after the payment is received.
7inch: 8,50 €
Germany: 2,50 €, International: 5,00 € – Registered Letter: plus 3,00€ per letter
Since the release date of the album “Wald” in September 2015 we have found quite a bit of interesting reviews and articles in international press and online magazines.
Thank you to all the the journalists who wrote some critical articles about my new album and for your support!
Resident Advisor 07.10.2015
„Betke’s complex work has never been so joyful, free and emotionally rounded….This is a record of great technical skill and imagination, and one that’s also nonetheless soulful and sincere. It’s a testament to Betke’s artistic integrity that he waited patiently for eight years, only releasing Wald because he had something fresh and distinctive to offer.“
Electronic Beats Magazine (print) autumn 2015 (by Deadbeat)
„At a time when so many musicians are lazily mining the past in lieu of charting new creative tracts, WALD is truly a breath of fresh air.“
Drowned In Sound 15.10.2015
As usual, however, Betke knows exactly what he’s doing. Wald, like 2007’s excellent Steingarten and 2003?s underrated self-titled effort, is an evolution of the minimalist dub techno sound Betke first pioneered in the late 1990s…. Unlike those two records, Wald is truly the sound of Pole without filters. Textures bleed into one another to create something that is consistently both beautiful and mysterious. …Yet it is also wholly different from previous works, making it an extremely successful comeback from a true master of modern electronic music.
XLR8R Feature 28.09.2015
„Betke’s just put out Wald, his first full album since 2007’s Steingarten—and it’s perhaps his most intimate and contemplative work yet. Wald’s a peaceful and warm collection of song—it’s a welcoming, beguiling record, despite that crackle and the occasional shard of distortion. It’s also a plain old great sounding set, proof of his years spent toiling in the mastering business. „
Inverted Audio Feature 11.09.2015
„The music of Stefan Betke aka Pole is in a constant state of flux. His recordings are evidence of his musical evolution, milestones along an open-ended journey. But this does not mean Pole’s albums are provisional or incomplete; on the contrary, they express a kind of perfectionism always aimed at reaching an imagined musical core. For Pole musical reductionism isn’t repetitive or deterministic. It involves constant motion around an ideal core, the smallest possible unit. As a result, all of Pole’s releases, despite their differences, are united by a central question: “How can one extract the most intensity from the least amount of material as possible?”
….Unsurprisingly, Betke´s music sounds very, very good indeed. The Bass is deep and crisp, having a hefty dubstep growl, while being tight and focused like a techno track. All of this is filtered through Betke´s dub sensibilities, giving the omnipresent feeling of disembodied hands on the faders. In a world full of possibilities, Betke knows when to keep it simple……
The Wire (print) 9/15
„Given his stylistic transformations in the 2000s were accompanied by a slowdown in releases – from four albums in as many years to a four year wait between 2003’s Pole and 2007’s Steingarten – Wald comes loaded with expectations of creative seclusion producing yet further radical shifts in style…. The cleaner, brighter sound of that record, borrowing bounce from hiphop and the unprecedented use of actual guitars from Fennesz, remains. On Wald, Betke builds on it, producing an album with a grasp of sensuality at the other extreme from the soft, grainy abstraction of the dub techno releases with which he first made his name.“
Dusted Magazine 18.09.2015
“…..Even with incremental developments in the Pole style, Wald surprises and creates suspense. “Eichelhäher” works with a metallic screech on a hobbled repeat. On some passes, it rips, other times it wheezes. Measure by measure, more hairy tones work their way in, ‘til by then end, it’s a half-dozen broken motors spinning. Only Betke could make such a pile of distortion feel so free of aggravation. Stepping gingerly and keeping balanced in precarious places, Wald is a cat. It’s as pleasing as a purr.”
“…..Those dub mechanics have a lot to do with the music’s flexible rhythms and odd syncopations, which contribute to the mercurial sense of flow: There are almost always more elements in play than you can track, and whatever silvery filament you choose to focus on, your attention will soon be hijacked by something else. Still, there’s nothing hectic about the listening experience;…..Wald is every bit as contemplative as the forest walks that inspired it. It has an unfettered sense of motion that, for an artist who was once, by his own admission, stuck in a rut, sounds like the sweetest kind of freedom.”
Cyclic Defrost 20.09.2015
“….As you’d expect, the nine tracks collected within exhibit evidence of a considerable shift in Betke’s sound over the ensuing years, but while there’s an increased use of both clarity and distortion, familiar traces of his dubby roots remain firmly in place.”
Album Release Concert:
pole & mfo presents “wald”
audio visual live show
sept 24th 2015 London – Village Underground
with Robin Fox + Atom. Produced by the Barbican in association with Unsound and Club To Club at Village Underground.
Here comes the 4th preview of my upcoming album “Wald” which will be released September 11th 2015 on my label “pole”. The album will available as double 12inch vinyl, as Digipak CD and as digital download.
With the 3rd sonic preview of my upcoming album “Wald” I´m happy to announce that the official release date is set for September 11th 2015. The album will available as double 12inch vinyl, as Digipak CD and as digital download.
Upcoming show of pole & MFO:
September 24th – London at Village Underground w/ Robin Fox + Atom.
I´m very happy to announce my upcoming album “Wald” with first sonic previews.
“Wald” will be a 50 minutes piece divided into 3 acts, with 3 tracks per act.
More snippets of “wald” will follow during the next weeks on my soundcloud site.
The album is scheduled for mid September 2015.
pole´s upcoming album release “wald” will be presented in an audio visual collaboration with the video artist Marcel Weber aka MFO.
The premiere will take place at Intonal Festival in Malmö, Sweden, april 25th 2015, followed by several A/V shows in North America e.g., Mutek Festival (Montréal, may31st), Kremwerk (Seattle, june 4th) and Non-Event at Le Laboratoire (Boston, june 7th). Thanks a lot to Goethe Institut and Auswärtiges Amt Germany for supporting this tour financially.
The album release is scheduled for mid september 2015,
More information about “wald” will follow, soon.
See more shows announced at pole´s event page.
pole´s live concert at Boiler Room Berlin presented by CTM Festival 2013:
pole´s remix of the title “Soulman” taken from the recently released album of THE ORB feat. LEE SCRATCH PERRY will be out nov. 5th on Cooking Vinyl.
The third and final part of the “waldgeschichten” 12inch series highlights and expands upon pole´s distinctive sound, connecting to the first two parts of the trilogy in a charming way. Again a fundamental element is the very specific drum sound embedded in complex dubby structures, seamlessly unified with the warm and deep basslines.
If you have had the pleasure of listening to one of pole´s live concerts recently, then you will immediately recognize the “lurch” and “moos”.
After the stripped down second part of the trilogy, with its wintery atmosphere, these tracks appear to be floating in melancholy. The field recordings and sounds fade away into echoes, grounded with massive bass.
This is a perfect conclusion to the series, offering a foretaste of the upcoming pole album.