Pole

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Filipe Marques_ Pole0050

Stefan Betke aka pole was born and raised in Düsseldorf, where he played keyboards and synthesizer in different band projects. It was in Cologne that Betke began work on his acclaimed and influential trilogy “1”, “2” and “3”, completing it in Berlin after moving there in 1996. He released the trilogy as pole between 1998 and 2000. During this time, he also began his career as a mastering engineer for vinyl and CD.

Since then, Betke has been asked regularly to share his knowledge with students and musicians/producers in workshops at festivals and universities, such as Mutek/ Montreal, Unsound/Krakau, Merz Academie/Stuttgart, AKG Scholarship of Sound/Berlin, just to name a few.

In September 2011 Betke founded a new artist label named “pole“. Made for his own music only, his new imprint meant he could keep his large back catalogue available, as well as giving his forthcoming releases an autonomous structure for experimentation and creativity. With new releases on the label Betke reconnected pole’s latest sound visions with his earlier work on the edge between electronic club music, urban dub and avantgarde, the sound for which pole was always well known and respected!

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