Ata Ebtekar, aka Sote, composes music with a deeply-held conviction that rules and formulas should be deconstructed and rethought. A pivotal figure of the electronic music scene in the Middle East, he alters musical modal codes from their original tonality and rhythmic tradition to achieve vivid, synthetic soundscapes. Over the last two decades, he has published his work via established labels such as Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes, Morphine, and Repitch, among others. In 2018, he founded a new label called Zabte Sote, which functions as a sub-label of Opal Tapes and focuses on releases by Iranian experimental electronic composers. Sote is also co-founder of SET Festival in Tehran.