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Although you won't find his name in their catalog, Stefan Betke has been closely associated with the Berlin-based Basic Channel label and BC artists such as Maurizio, Monolake, and Vainqueur. Like those artists' bassy, dub-laden reductions of techno and house, Betke's work (appearing so far on the Kiff SM, Din, and Mute labels under the name Pole) has been all about doing more with less -- snaps, clicks, crackles, and smudgy bass atmospheres occupy the whole of Pole 12-inches such as "Tanzen" and "Raum Eins/Raum Zwei," as well as Betke's aptly titled series of CD releases issued by Kiff and distributed to American audiences by Matador. Where most Basic Channel releases cling fearlessly to the throbbing momentum of 4/4 minimalism, however, Betke draws complex, intricate rhythms from the crisp analog haze, layering rich, ghosted melodies over multitracked tape hiss and a barrage of syncopated skips and stutters. Betke's tracks thus share more with off-kilter Kölners such as Oval, Mouse on Mars, and Kandis than with his implied colleagues at Basic Channel studios. Still, his music retains the stark emptiness of Berlin post-techno, though it's far more interesting (and far less dance-friendly) than the comparison might suggest. Betke's nom de plum derives, as usual, from a sound-processing device -- the Waldorf 4 Pole-Filter, from which issue the strained creaks and crackles that identify and characterize his music. In 2003, Betke issued the 45/45 EP (Mute), the first installment in a series of releases that would include the single "90/90" and a self-titled album. These releases were a radical departure, incorporating more pronounced beats and appearances from rapper Fat Jon.
Pole may refer to:
Astronomy Celestial pole, the projection of the planet Earth's axis of rotation onto the celestial sphere; also applies to the axis of rotation of other planetsPole star, a visible star that is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotationOrbital pole, the projection of the line perpendicular to planet Earth's orbit onto the celestial sphere; also applies to the orbit of other planetsPoles of astronomical bodies, concepts analogous to the Earth's geographic and magnetic poles on other planets and Solar System bodies
Cylindrical objects 
A solid cylindrical object or column with its length greater than its diameter, for example:Asherah pole, a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic mother-goddess Asherah, consort of ElBarber's pole, advertising the barber shopFireman's pole, wooden pole or a metal tube or pipe installed between floors in fire stationsFlagpole (structure), metal pole from which a flag is hungLamppost, a raised source of light on the edge of a roadTotem pole, monumental sculptures carved from great treesUtility pole, also called a telephone pole, telegraph pole or power pole, a pole that carries utility wiresPoles used in sporting and other activities: Dance pole, a pole used for pole dancingDanish pole, a circus propFestivus pole, a pole used in the celebration of Festivus that is traditionally made of aluminiumFishing pole, tool used to catch fishFoul pole, used in the sport of baseball to distinguish foul balls from fair balls hit into the outfieldMaypole, a tall wooden pole with ornaments, like ribbons, that is danced aroundPole bending, a rodeo event that involves riding a horse around six poles arranged in a linePole position, in motorsport, the position at the front of the starting grid (originally marked with a pole)Pole-sitting pole, a pole used for pole sitting, which is the practice of sitting on a pole for extended lengths of timePole vaulting pole, a pole used for pole vaultingPole weapon, combat weapon in which the main fighting part of the weapon is placed on the end of a long shaft, typically of woodSki pole, a pole used by skiers to improve balance, speed and accelerationSpinnaker pole, a spar used in sailboats to help support and control a variety of headsails, particularly the spinnakerTrekking pole, also called hiking sticks or hiking poles, a pole used for hiking