Ben Frost

Mute / AU / IS

  • Saturday 17 21:15 - 22:15


Militant post-classical electronic music

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Ben Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005. Working closely with friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albumsfuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal.

His 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.

The Centre Cannot Hold is his latest album, released on Mute and was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator. 

Sónar Reykjavík is delighted to be able welcome Ben, a local hero, to the 2018 edition of the festial where he'll present his incredible new live show, featuring visuals and lighting by award winning visual artist MFO (Marcel Weber).