Tomáš Martínek aka TMA is a Czech electronic musician and multimedia programmer living in Prague. He was one of the first projects on the Czech indie label Bad Names. His work is in the realms of alternative electronic music with elements and techniques of classical compositions. Resonating lo-fi pads, muted deep beats, pulsating sub-basses are strong motifs for him. The atmosphere is enhanced by fragments of recordings from urban environments. During the performance everything is developed by live piano playing. He has played at leading Czech festivals such as Colours of Ostrava, United Islands of Prague, Transforma Tábor and many others.
In 2017, Tomáš collaborated with the National Film Archive (NFA) to release a DVD version of the restored 1921 film Poisoned Light, directed by Kolar and Lamac. For this project, he composed an hour-long soundtrack inspired by modern practices with classical instruments. He then accompanied the film screenings in cinemas with a live version of the soundtrack. He performed the film in a number of cinemas across the country and abroad, including the Febiofest film festival in Bratislava.
In 2021, he started a collaboration with electronic musician Jakub Baierl (aka Bariel), a joint project they called Bariel & TMA. This project also includes cellist and singer Terezie Kovalová. The basic theme of the collaboration from the beginning was the love for live improvisation and the use of classical harmonic compositional techniques in modern electronic music, which as a cellist and two pianists they knew intimately.
Initially perceived as a temporary project, Bariel & TMA caught on and gradually began to gain popularity among listeners. The trio spent the entire summer of 2022 performing together and touring music festivals.