Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer based in Iceland. His albums include Steel Wound (2003), School of Emotional Engineering (2004; as part of the band School of Emotional Engineering), Theory of Machines (2007), By the Throat (2009), Sólaris (2011; with Daníel Bjarnason), Aurora (2014), and The Centre Cannot Hold (2017). He has collaborated with contemporary dance companies Chunky Move and Icelandic Dance Company, as well as with the British choreographer Wayne McGregor. He composed the music for Wayne McGregor’s 2010 work FAR.
Frost co-composed with Daniel Bjarnason, Music for Solaris, inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s original novel and the 1972 Tarkovsky film Solaris. Commissioned by Unsound Festival, it was performed by Frost, Bjarnason, and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He composed the music for the films Sleeping Beauty, and The Deep, as well as for the British TV series Fortitude. In 2012, he travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Richard Mosse, Trevor Tweeten, and John Holten, to score the sound for Mosse’s artwork The Enclave. In 2013, in his first directorial role, he premiered a critically acclaimed music-theatre adaptation of the Iain Banks novel The Wasp Factory. In 2017, he provided the score for Netflix’s German supernatural thriller Dark and the film Super Dark Times, and premiered a new installation with Richard Mosse and Trevor Tweeten, entitled Incoming, at the Barbican Centre in London.
Guitar: Greg Kubacki
Visuals designed by Tarik Barri