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2 EP

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000I3U4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Stefan Betke's follow-up to his crackly minimalist "CD1," which in my opinion, is what dub reggae would sound like if it were made by UFO-folk. In a compositional progression from its predecessor, the tracks on this EP are, on the whole, more engaging melodically and rhythmically than those on his debut, yet they still float airily through an ocean of static and vinyl scratches and pops. Dreamy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Stefan Betke is such an interesting composer. His material released as Pole is ostensibly "dub techno" or some other nom du jour, but I hear it as something much more experimental. Perhaps it is the beats that encourage listeners to hear it as something more "normal" than it is.

Pole's first three releases (1, 2, and 3) are really all about this beloved Waldorf 4-pole filter and the strange, but intoxicating crackly sounds it began to make after falling down a flight of stairs. In this way, the sound is all about the humanity, if you will, of the broken machine. Whereas most tools of electronic production can be fairly anonymous, every now and then there's a piece of gear that develops a real personality. I'm not sure if it was worth exploring over the course of three very similar albums or not.

This brings me to my favorite of the series, number 2. Some listeners might scoff at anyone claiming to differentiate substantially between the three releases, and they would be correct - there's nothing hugely different about "2", other than it appeals to me a little more than the rest.

I think my preference has something to do with the presence of more melody and harmonic content than the others. When I say "melody," I don't mean it in the usual sense. It's buried and only occasionally manifests itself in the form of a few notes here and there. Still, it's worth noting. Secondly, the wonderful sound of the Waldorf is very present in each of the tracks. While it's featured on each of the tracks on these albums, sometimes it seems to be merely background ambience, while on "2", it's integrated rather well into the rhythmic structure of each track.

I've seen convincing reviews describing Pole's early work as cold and uninviting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "melodic" on July 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Crackles, sparks, pops, hisses, and static farts generally provide the percussion throughout this truly interesting album. Definitely background music, Pole 2 pulls its influences (barely) from dub and at times ragga (to even lesser extent). It's surprisingly minimalist and sparce but still manages to create an dense aesthetic.
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