Australian musician Ben Frost is one of a handfull of artists from all disciplines (dance, literature, film, music, theater, visual arts) to have been selected to take part in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative for 2010/11.
[audio:06 Peter Venkman Pt.I.mp3] Under the scheme Frost will be mentored by ambient pioneer, former Roxy Music member and U2 producer Brian Eno.
Iceland resident Frost has already worked with big names such as Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and Bjork, but it will be interesting to hear the effect Eno’s mentoring has on his experimental noise-scapes.
One of Frost’s latest projects is a rework of Tarkovky’s Solaris which he is doing together with fellow Bedroom Community artist Daníel Bjarnason and Krakow’s 28 piece ensemble the Sinfonietta Cracovia.
BEN FROST / photo by Elízabet Daviðsdottír [audio:02 The Carpathians.mp3]
Ben Frost is a musician, composer and producer, whose early work included the independently released ambient electronic Ep Music for Sad Children and whose early collaborations were with fellow Australian artists such as David Bridie and rock band Something for Kate. However Frost is probably most widely recognized for his experimental music drawing widely on influences of minimalism, post-punk, black metal and noise best demonstrated on the 2007 release “Theory of Machines”.
Here an exclusive footage from Ben Frost’s performance at Montréal’s Mutek festival, 2–6 June, 2010 from The Wire Magazine
Frost’s compositional catalogue includes Music for Sad Children, the ambient guitar exploration Steel Wound described by Pitchfork Media as “an exemplary ambient experience”, and the widely critically acclaimed LP ‘Theory of Machines’ on the Icelandic record label Bedroom Community, an album which earned Frost huge critical acclaim and it could be said, cemented his place as an artist on the global stage.
And anyone keen to experience Ben Frost live can witness his performance at the MADEIRADIG 2010 Festival in December.