™ (Taras Mashtalir) is a composer and sound designer, a classical musician turned electronic music producer.
His compositions are unique blend of different genres morphed together and wrapped into a new aesthetic fabric of electronic ambience.

After receiving BA in Linguistics & Cross-cultural communication from Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Taras spent some time recording/performing in St. Petersburg and Moscow, before relocating to New York.

For the past 12 years Taras achieved outstanding results and his work is acknowledged in the industry.
He produced numbers of albums, collaborating with major artists such as:

Patrick Leonard, legendary composer and producer (Pink Floyd, Elton John, Madonna)

Lou Christie is an American singer-songwriter best known for pop hits in the 1960s.

Dmitri Strizhov is a Russian-born painter and poet.

The works of ™ also include multimedia installations, soundtracks for the films and animations, as well as music for TV ads and programs like Discovery Science Channel, History Channel, Speed Channel, TNT, FOX Sports, CBS etc.

Taras is currently involved in several projects exploring new dimensions of digital publishing.

Co-founder of Machine Liberine
Co-founder and editor of digital publishing portal SELF-ID.com
Co-creator of PROTOTOROID
Co-creator and producer of Discrete Encounter

At the moment Taras is collaborating with Natalia Fedorova, a visiting scholar at MIT Writing and Humanities / Comparative Media Study on electronic literature.

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