Ben Frost - Composer
FAR; Photo: Ravi Deepres
Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective.
His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing dark metal.
In 2010 he was chosen by Brian Eno as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program for a year of collaboration, one of the outcomes of which was Sólaris; a re-scoring of the Tarkovsky classic for Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia (with Bedroom Community labelmate, composer Daníel Bjarnason). Since then, Eno and Frost continue to work together on a range of projects both in and outside of the recording studio.
Frost regularly works with other musicians and artists -in the studio- in the production of albums such as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath 1972, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare and on various Bedroom Community releases -on the stage- producing scores for Choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move, and German Director Falk Richter -in film- composing the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated 'Sleeping Beauty' by Julia Leigh, and 'Djúpið' by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur (also with Daníel Bjarnason) -and in the visual arts- where, with artist Richard Mosse, Frost travelled deep beyond the frontlines of war-torn Eastern Congo to produce 'The Enclave'; a multi-channel video and sound installation that premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2013.
2013 also marked the première of Frost’s first Opera, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel 'The Wasp Factory'. The project also marked his debut as a Director.
These various collaborations and alliances underline Frost’s continuing fascination with finding ways of juxtaposing music, rhythm, technology, the body, performance, text, art -beauty and violence- combining and coalescing the roles and procedures of various artistic disciplines in one place.