Patar is an experimental electronic music project featuring Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, and MASOM. MASOM is a musical agent, an artificial intelligence (AI) architecture, making music. Together, three entities produce a live performance of experimental electronic music, live electroacoustic music, musique concrète, soundscape compositions, through structured improvisation.

Patar’s performances experiments with a wide range of electronic music styles within the performance. The performances of Patar oscillate between ambient and noise while exploring the frontiers of the rhythmic and tonal, and using both electronic and acoustic textures.

This performance includes three piece. Each piece includes a different MASOM agent. MASOMs are trained on Bernard Parmegiani, David Tudor, and Ryoji Ikeda, respectively.

The details of the event


A Big MASOM Family

Musical Agent based on Self-Organizing Maps (MASOM) is a musical software agent for live performance. MASOM plays experimental music and free improvisation. It learns by listening to audio files such as recordings of performances or compositions. MASOM extracts higher level features such as eventfulness, pleasantness, and timbre to understand the musical form of what it hears. MASOM is limited to the style of what is has listened to and reacts in real-time to what he is hearing. It is able to listen to itself and other performers to decide what to play next. MASOM is designed by Kıvanç Tatar and Philippe Pasquier.

This video is the performance of the piece, A Big MASOM family. The piece has three parts, including two MASOM agents. In the first part, Tatar is performing with a MASOM agent. In the second part, two MASOM agents perform together without Tatar. The last part is a trio of Tatar and two MASOM agents. The MASOM agents are trained on this album:

More info about the project MASOM:

Video shooting: Frances Margaret Walker Breden
as a part of the collective concert RE-UN-SOLVED by Co.Crea.Tive:

Tatar meets the man with the generative last name

00:00 – Is it finished?
00:22 – Lost in useless territory
01:30 – What is the reality of the situation?
02:40 – Ask your body
03:08 – Take away the important parts
03:53 – Trust in the you now
05:13 – You don’t have to ashamed of using your own ideas
07:30 – Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list
09:58 – Make what’s perfect more human
12:00 – Is it finished?
12:58 – Discover the recipes your are using and abandon them
14:11 – Cluster analysis
released August 15, 2016
Performed at the Red Gate Arts Society, Vancouver BC, April 7th 2016
Performed by:Matthew Ariaratnam –
Kıvanç Tatar –

Mixed and Mastered by Kıvanç Tatar

Cover artwork by Erman Akçay –