In 2005, after receiving a degree in fine arts in Melbourne, Frost relocated across the world to Reykjavik, Iceland, where he co-founded the Bedroom Community record label. His genre-defying work, influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, includes three emotionally powerful and critically acclaimed albums: Steel Wound, Theory of Machines and By the Throat. Frost’s multidisciplinary collaborations have linked him with renowned choreographers Gideon Obarzanek, Erna Ómarsdottír and Wayne McGregor, and with artists as diverse as Amiina, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and Björk. He has recently completed the music for the Random Dance Company’s production, Flesh in the Age of Reason, and written a new score of Tarkovsky’s classic film, Solaris. He says of Brian Eno, his mentor in the 2010-2011 Rolex Arts Initiative: “I feel connected to Brian. It’s like we’ve known each other from before.” Ben Frost also composed music for the 2011 film Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by former Rolex protégée Julia Leigh.
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March 2016 Ben Frost composes for films, dance and even the odd car company. But nothing excites him more than composing for music’s sake.
February 2013 A recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo exposed Ben Frost to the relentless and pulsing, hypnotic effect of Congolese music.