Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980. He moved to Paris in 1988, started composing music on his computer and studied at the French National Conservatoire. He describes himself as an electro-acoustic musician, although he works primarily digitally, creating a uniquely abstract sound world with his experimental approach. Using patches and composed electronic music with his laptop (MAX/MSP) he makes soundscapes, often with beats, subject to breaks and asymmetries. He builds new software for each project that he works on.
In Paris he co-founded the Asa Djinnia Collective with Uriel Barthelemi, involved with presenting improvisation events, and began working with France's Puce Muse and Cesare studios, along with several theatrical companies. With Romuald Tual (alias RO3), Atoui worked on the Onirica Röm CD on the label Signature (collection of Radio France). He recently made contact with Mill, the Beirut based improv collective, notably Sharif Sehnaoui with whom he played with at a S T E I M (center for electronic performance arts) event in Amsterdam curated by Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj,
Atoui specializes in software that allows artists to use movement to influence and control sound, video and light output, and in 2006 he initiated workshops in Beirut for artists and musicians interested in using technology in their work, entitled 'Smart Digits'.
Tarek Atoui will soon release a CD on Staalplat’s esteemed Mort Aux Vaches imprint.
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