Sote — Parallel PersianFlag of Iran               Sote — Parallel Persian (Apr. 26, 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)★    „This album is incredible — a highly complex but beautifully fluid traversal of Iranian folk music and modular synthesis that reminds us of Dariush Dolat~Shahi’s unparalleled ‘Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar’ with its fantastically creative sense of freedom and abstract expression, pulling us deep into uncanny valleys of hyper modernism bursting with ideas and a sense of disrupted harmony that’s hard to absorb in one sitting. One of the most original, multi~layered things we’ve heard this year — a huge recommendation.“ (Boomkat)
Location: Tehran, Iran
Genre: Experimental Electronic Music and Sound Art
Album release: April 26, 2019
Record Label: Diagonal
Duration:     40:47
1. Modality Transporter   5:02
2. Brass Tacks   3:43
3. Atomic Hypocrisy   8:06
4. Trans Force   5:21
5. Pipe Dreams   6:45
6. Alpha Terrain of Disease   4:35
7. Pseudo Scholastic   7:15
★  Music: Ata ‘Sote’ Ebtekar (Electronics & Acoustic), Arash Bolouri (Santour + Extended Technique, Vocals, Tombak), Pouya Damadi (Tar + Extended Technique, Vocals)
★   Poems: Bidel Dahlavi * Omar Khayam
★   Mastering: Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering
★   Artwork: Pedram Sadegh~Beyki (Pitheorem)
★   Design: Arash Bolouri, Ata ‘Sote’ Ebtekar & Pedram Sadegh~Beyki (Pitheorem)
≡★≡   Since 20 years the Iranian producer Ata Ebtekar alias Sote has been fusing electronic music of the globalised present with Persian sound and motif traditions. He has released complex noise~techno albums on Warp Records, for example, but also works as a sound and multimedia artist. At donaufestival he presents the premiere of his commissioned Parallel Persia: With visual and musical means, with snapshots from an apocryphal Iran, and sounds from an alternative hyperreality, he will create a new, equally synthetic as factual image of “Persia”.
≡★≡   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.
≡★≡   Ata ‘Sote’ Ebtekar believes that music is a cultural habit of sound and anti~sound (silence). Therefore, he generates music without a specific culture, which he believes to be „the other sound.“
Sote is musically and visually accompanied by:
∠    Arash Bolouri (Santour)
∠    Pouya Damadi (Tar)
∠    Arash Akbari (Visuals)