Ben Frost

Ben Frost will be participating at Loop 2017 in a Moderated Keynote Conversation and a Studio Session.

Reykjavík-based sound art composer Ben Frost juxtaposes post-classical electronic music with fierce, rupturing power, concentrated minimalism, shape-shifting rhythm and immersive technology.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Frost’s intensely structured solo arrangements initially appeared on the albums Steel Wound (2003) and School of Emotional Engineering (2004), before he relocated to Iceland in 2005 and formed the record label/collective Bedroom Community with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly. Bedroom Community became the home for seminal future solo work, such as Theory of Machines (2007), BY THE THROAT (2009) and A U R O R A (2014). In 2010 Frost was selected for the Rolex Mentor and Protegé program by Brian Eno, and the year of collaboration that it enabled resulted in Sólaris (2011), a re-scoring of the Tarkovsky classic for Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia. 2013 marked Frost’s debut as a Director with the première of his first Opera,The Wasp Factory, based on Iain Bank´s infamous 1984 novel of the same name.

Frost is a frequent collaborator; the production of studio albums such as Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath 1972 and Virgins, SWANS’ The Seer, Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare, and various Bedroom Community releases underlines his continuing fascination with coalescing the roles and procedures of various artistic disciplines. On the stage, Frost has produced scores for choreographers including Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Akram Khan, and german Director Falk Richter. In film, he composed the score for the Palme d ́Or nominated Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, and Djúpið by Icelandic Director Baltasar Kormákur. And in the visual arts, 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.