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Nov 8, 2020

One of the most enduring record series from the late 90’s and early 00’s is Pole’s 1/2/3 combo. These albums turned people’s heads when they were released, and remain often-mentioned favorites of the introspective ambient/glitch world. Stefan Betke – aka Pole – has just released a new album, Fading (, and opened the door for a chat. Woot!!

In our discussion, we spend a fair amount of time on his production process, learning how he builds a track, some of his tricks for honing the work, and how he sets things up for live performance. He also fills us in on his history – and why his famous 4-Pole Filter failure could speak to him when it would have felt like a failure to most of us.

You can learn much more about Stefan on the Pole artist site ( and Bandcamp site ( And, of course, the release is available on Mute Records:


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