Sote (Ata Ebtekar) is an electronic music composer and sound artist based in Tehran, Iran. In the past 20 plus years, companies, such as Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes, Morphine, Digitalis, and Repitch among others, have published his work. Global cultural exposure through transmigration has been a significant stimulant for his aesthetics. Sote’s goal is to create unique and timeless pieces of music that are not available anywhere except in his mind. His compositions and multi-channel installations are sonic tales synchronously decoding and regenerating customary pattern of thought in nature; aural designs of crisis and harmony where contempo aligns with folklore, orchestrating an artificial saga with a variety of illuminations and analyses. His passion for all music especially, all forms of electronic music, and his extensive involvement in the sound art academia world, has led him to compose in a wide variety of musical styles with a strong emphasis in electro-acoustic techniques, microtonal systems and polyrhythmic motifs.
He has a firm conviction that rules and formulas must be deconstructed and rethought; hence he alters musical modal codes from their original tonality and rhythm (tradition) to achieve vivid synthetic soundscapes. In order to accomplish dynamic expression on electronics, gesture and texture, he employs various synthesis languages and dsp techniques in a modular sound environment.
His current work deals with continuing analysis and execution of beat-less electronic music with a maximalist musical aesthetic. The focal rhythmic element is achieved with programmed pitched sounds instead of conventional percussive elements via various synthesis methods. These aural components that survive assorted filters, form harmonies and melodies that interchangeably act as the structural groove. The outcome is at intervals polyrhythmic aiming for a Common-time feel and vice versa. Interwoven patterns and complex ornaments within a pliant grid form a diametric functionality of loop-based non-hypnotic music, and require active listening.
Affiliations: Opal Tapes, Warp Records