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Pole, MFO, Lucy Lewis.
Dusseldorf-born, Berlin-based dub techno pioneer Stefan Betke (aka POLE) has devoted the past two decades to dismantling rhythmic structures and seeking out new beginnings, whether as label owner, producer or master engineer. Well known for his expansive slices of dub inflected minimalism, Betke found beauty in the creaks and crackles of a damaged Waldorf-4-Pole filter, which inspired his nom de plume in the mid 1990s. Betke’s work has since fluctuated between jazz, techno, house, and dub.
Pole made his belated Boston debut two years ago, when he almost literally knocked out the Back Bay power grid and brought the house down at the Goethe-Institut. He returns this June to present a sparkling, technologically complex A/V ballet called "Wald" with visual artist and designer Marcel Weber (MFO) at Le Laboratoire Cambridge. Freely inspired by the light sculptures of Otto Piene and the dreamlike forms of the Ballets Russe, this multifaceted performance will meld new and old media forms – Betke’s analog mixers and effect appliances sharing the spotlight with Weber’s prisms, projectors and mirrors – as MFO translates Pole’s emotional, nature minded musical matter into a cosmos of sensory laden textures and disturbances. Pole’s musical themes of the last decade are enriched, looped and remodeled through MFO’s tightly choreographed visual language. For “Wald,” MFO will be working with photographs by Lea Fabricant.
LUCY LEWIS is an artist and musician, based in Providence and New York. She works in a variety of media including sculpture and photography. She creates hardware-generated noise mixed with textural, mid-tempo beats, conjuring minimalism and groove in a wash that is intoxicating and meditative. Since 2009 she has performed at a variety of venues throughout the US and Canada. Lewis received a joint BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brown University as part of the dual-degree program. Her solo release “OX” is now available on Primitive Languages. She is a founding member of the Opensignal collective.
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