Curriculum Vitae

Taras Mashtalir



Work Experience

Collaborator at MIT, Cambridge  2011 – present

  • Collaborating with visiting scholar at MIT Writing and Humanities/Comparative Media Studies on electronic literature.

Owner at Au Courant Music, New York  2005 – present

  • Compose music for films, commercials and TV programs.
  • Clients included Discovery HD, Discovery Science, History Channel, TNT, PBS, FOX, Speed Channel etc.
  • Saturday Night Live, NBC   (Katreese Barnes, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Kenan Thompson)

Music Producer / Audio Engineer at EL Records, New York 2005 – 2008

  • Work consists of utilizing Pro Tools, Logic Audio and Ableton Live for composing, programming & engineering music.
  • Clients included Natasha Bedingfield, Patrick Leonard, Ernie Lake.

Composer / Sound Designer at Wax Music & Sound Design, New York 2002 – 2005

  • Compose music for commercials for National TV.
  • Clients included Victoria’s Secret, Folgers.

Artist / Producer at Proforma Records, New York  1999 – 2002

  • Composed, programmed & engineered artist albums utilizing Pro Tools, Logic Audio and other various DAWs.
  • Artists include Lou Christie, Boris Grebenshikov, Auktyon, Dmitri Strizhov.

recommendation for this position

“Taras is amongst a select group of people who are incredibly technically proficient and creatively gifted. It’s a very rare combination. He has a unique vision and understanding of sound–in the broadest sense of that word, which is not limited to just music, but the soundscape in total. He is also a very efficient and easy-going person, which makes for a very good working dynamic.” 

Sasha TochilovskyArt Director/Designer, Proforma Records
worked directly with Taras at Proforma Records



Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (PSLU)

  • BA Linguistics & Cross-cultural Communications 1993 – 1998

recommendation for this education

“I met Taras 19 years ago while we were both students. He was a brilliant musician at that time and has continued to grow his amazing talent with his widely varied compositions. His sizable creative and musical talent, drive and ambition command respect. I offer my highest recommendation both personally and professionally and look forward to enjoying many more of his successes.”

Trudie Giordano, Student, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Films & TV

2011   Life Focus – TV PBS – Receives its Third Emmy® Award
2011   Civitas Solis – CG Animation by Maxim Svishev
2010   PROTOTOROID – CG Animation by Alexander Vojjov
2008   Nirvana – Feature Film – Dir. Igor Voloshin
2007   FUTURECAR – Discovery Channel SCIENCE – TV mini-series
2005   UNIQUE WHIPS – TV Speed Channel
2005   Charmed – Run Piper Run –  TV Episode
2004   Still Water – Short Film by Lyudwig
2004   Faces – Short film by Lyudwig & ™
2003   Shume – CG Animation by Alina Bliumis
2003   The Floppy – CG Animation by Yevgeniy Fiks
2003   Social Engineering – Documentary by Alina Bliumis
2002   Recipe for Melody – CG Animation by Alina Bliumis
2001   Flash-Flesh – CG Animation by Alina Bliumis
1999   Open House – CG Animation by Alina Bliumis

Composed and programmed music as well as sound design for short film and animation in Pro Tools Environments.
Work consists of utilizing Pro Tools and Logic Audio for composing, programming and engineering music and sound design.


Art Exhibitions 

2012    INTERRUPT II @ Brown University, RI
2011    Russian Multimedia Poetry @ MIT, Cambridge, MA
2011    LUMEN EX, Spain
2011    French Institute, St Petersburg, Russia
2010    SYSTEMATISM Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004    Brooklyn International Film Festival, Brooklyn Museum, NYC
2004    RSF Red Shift Festival, Anthology Film Archive, NYC
2003    FIFI Festival, Paris, France
2003    Museum of Anna Achmatova, St.Petersburg, Russia
2003    RSF Red Shift Festival, Anthology Film Archive, NYC
2003    MTV ‘Mpeg_us’
2002    Tampere International Film Festival, Finland ~ curated by Jonathan Wells
1999    ‘Open House’ Dusty, NY



2012   ™ Collection – TBA
2008   Discrete Encounter – 2B1, CD, Believe Records
2006   Discrete Encounter – One Day , Digital EP, Elektrosila Records
2005   Discrete Encounter – I Will Be, Digital EP, Elektrosila Records
2005   Discrete Encounter – Remixed, Digital EP, Elektrosila Records
2004   Discrete Encounter – Poles Apart, Digital LP, Believe Records
2003   Discrete Encounter – If Only, Digital EP, Elektrosila Records
2002   Discrete Encounter – ON, Digital LP, Believe Records
2001   Various Artists – The Weird & The Wired, CD Proforma Records
2002   Dmitri Strizhov & Taras Mashtalir – Explicit Lyrics, CD Proforma Records
2002   Dmitri Strizhov & Taras Mashtalir – 60º Latitude, CD Proforma Records
1999   Dmitri Strizhov & Taras Mashtalir – Fake Loser, CD Proforma Records


Invited Talks

2012    INTERRUPT II @ Brown University, RI
2011    Media and Methods: Seeing and Expression @ MIT, Cambridge, MA
2011    Russian Multimedia Poetry @ MIT, Cambridge, MA


Courses Taught

2012 New Mobile Music Interfaces @ MIT Media Lab, Instructor


Technical Proficiency

Pro Tools, Logic Audio Pro, Abelton Live, Native Instruments
Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS5, Dreamweaver
Quarts Composer



Classical Guitar, Fluent Russian


Reel and references available upon request.