Ben Frost (musician)

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Ben Frost
Frost performing in 2014
Frost performing in 2014
Background information
Born1980 (age 39–40)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Associated acts

Ben Frost (born 1980) is an Australian composer and producer.[1] He is based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Frost composes minimalist, instrumental and experimental music,[2][3][4] with influences ranging from classical minimalism to punk rock and black metal.[5]

His albums include: Steel Wound (2003), School of Emotional Engineering (as part of the band School of Emotional Engineering) (2004), Theory of Machines (2007), By The Throat (2009), Sólaris (with Daníel Bjarnason) (2011), Aurora (2014), and The Centre Cannot Hold (2017).[2][3] He has collaborated with contemporary dance companies Chunky Move,[6] the Icelandic Dance Company[7] and the British choreographer Wayne McGregor.[8] He composed the music for Wayne McGregor's 2010 work FAR.

Frost co-composed with Daníel Bjarnason, Music for Solaris, which was inspired by both Stanislaw Lem's original novel and the 1972 Tarkovsky film Solaris. Commissioned by Unsound Festival, it was performed by Frost, Bjarnason and Sinfonietta Cracovia.[4] He composed the music for the films, Sleeping Beauty, the Icelandic drama The Deep[7] and the 2015 British television series Fortitude. In 2012 he travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Richard Mosse, along with Trevor Tweeten and John Holten, to score the sound for Mosse's artwork The Enclave.[9]

In 2013, in his first directorial role, he premiered a critically acclaimed music-theatre adaptation of the Iain Banks novel The Wasp Factory.[10][11][12][13]

In 2015, Frost provided the score for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege alongside Paul Haslinger.

In 2017, he provided the score for Netflix's German supernatural thriller Dark and the film Super Dark Times. He also premiered a new installation with Richard Mosse and Trevor Tweeten, entitled Incoming, at the Barbican Centre in London which is currently touring worldwide.

In 2019 Ben scored the second series of Dark. He also participated in the recording of Swans 2019 album Leaving Meaning [14] and joined their touring band.


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  1. ^ "Nico Muhly's Team Spirit". The New Yorker. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "BBC - Music - Review of Ben Frost - By the Throat". Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Grayson Currin (8 January 2010). "Ben Frost: By the throat". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b Cripps, Charlotte (3 June 2011). "Music for Solaris: the mentoring process". London: The Independent. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  5. ^ Buchanan, John D. "Ben Frost biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Chunky Move". Southbank Centre. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Jane Campion Presents a film by Julia Leigh: Sleeping Beauty" (PDF). Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Inside choreographer Wayne McGregor's brain". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  9. ^ Telekom (16 December 2014). "Ben Frost Speaks to Richard Mosse— "Your work will be distilled into a plugin in Photoshop."". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ "The Wasp Factory". Royal Opera House. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  11. ^ Church, Michael (3 October 2013). "Opera review: The Wasp Factory". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  12. ^ "The Wasp Factory, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  13. ^ "The Wasp Factory – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  14. ^ "leaving meaning". Young God Records. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  15. ^ John D. Buchanan. "Ben Frost - Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Ben Frost". Bandcamp. Retrieved 30 November 2013.

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