The Tehran-based electronic composer and sound artist conjures up otherworldly modular manipulations.
For Ata Ebtekar, AKA Sote, crafting otherworldly sensations is at the core of all musical creation. Born in Hamburg and based in Tehran, the world-traveling sound artist set his bar high when he appeared on the experimental scene with his ‘92 debut on Warp, Electric Deaf. Sote has explored the interface of classical Persian instrumentation and electronics, working with Alireza Mashayekhi’s Iranian Orchestra for New Music as well as curating a retrospective of Persian electronic music. Throughout the years he has developed a unique musical language that allows his pieces to defy the laws of conventional composition and conjure up sonic textures that reference nothing but their creator’s imagination. Using the full spectrum of electro-acoustic techniques, microtonal systems and polyrhythmic motifs, Sote offers alternatives in which the perceivable world that informs his modular synthesis is deconstructed, and transcended.