Michal Rataj (b. 1975) is a composer, performer and sound designer based in Prague, Czech Republic. He composes mainly electroacoustic and chamber or orchestral instrumental music, gives performances throughout Europe and broadcasts worldwide. Recently, he has been active as a real-time performer of his own acousmatic music and gives sound performances alone or with different music partners. Rataj is the associated professor of electroacoustic music at the Department of Composition, Academy of Performing Arts and at the NYU in Prague. He studied musicology (Charles University, Prague) and composition (Academy of Performing Arts, Prague) with prof. Ivan Kurz and prof. Milan Slavický. He also went on to study in Egham (UK) and Berlin (D) and, as a Fulbright Scholar, he conducted research at the Center For New Music And Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley, CA in the academic year 2007 – 2008. He has worked as a radio producer at the Czech Radio since 2000, where he has produced over 100 original radio-art works with artists from around the world. He also formed the rAdioCUSTICA radio-art archive there. He was a member of the EBU Ars Acustica Group. His music has been broadcast worldwide and performed throughout Europe and in the USA. As a film music producer, he has composed over 40 soundtracks for TV and cinema since 2000.