Stream exclusive! “Hyper-urban 20 30 continues Sote’s path of beatless electronic music that aims for the brain to send movement signals to the rest of the body. Electronic music with a heavy focus on rhythm and synthesis without using any fashionably expected percussive sounds such as [an] everyday kick, snare and hi-hat.”
Ge-stell is releasing an EP for Sote, the moniker of Tehran-based producer Ata Ebtekar, who in the past twenty plus years has released his works on various labels including Warp, Sub Rosa and Morphine. The EP comes out June 7, 2016. The digital version of the EP includes remixes by Ge-stell artists Dalglish (Chris Douglas), CoH (Ivan Pavlov), Cameron Shafii, as well as a contribution for Terminal 11 (Michael Castenada).
The Hyper-urban 20 30 EP aligns hardcore techno aesthetics with computer music tropes, displacing form and convention while re-imagining the in-between spaces between East and West, present and future. Sote’s pieces can be heard as sonic tales which deconstruct rules and formulas to regenerate electroacoustic designs to articulate crisis and harmony. In Hyper-urban 20 30, synthetic soundscapes appear fresh and futuristic, lively and vivacious. Here are some reflections from Ata Ebtekar (Sote) on his Ge-stell EP::
“Hyper-urban 20 30 [continues] my path of beatless electronic music that aims for the brain to send movement signals to the rest of the body. For this [record], it was important for me to make electronic music with a heavy focus on rhythm and synthesis without using any fashionably expected percussive sounds such as [an] everyday kick, snare and hi-hat. I believe that an intense energy and hardcore aesthetic can be achieved without having to rely on any conventional beats. So, [whereas] Architectonic and Arrhythmia, on Morphine and RLR, were paradoxical odes to techno and noise, Hyper-urban 20 30 on Ge-stell aims for a future funk feel.”