Ben Frost (AU)
A breakthrough act and major highlight of MUTEK 2008, Australia’s Ben Frost has managed in three albums to breed a new and visceral approach to sonic and cinematic experimentalism. His flowing compositions brim with howling wolves and distorted string sections, haunted clavichords and sustained guitar that all add up to fearsome melee that grabs the listener “By the Throat”, as Frost aptly titled his much-admired 2009 album. But Frost’s compositions are by no means uninviting – in fact they’re quite the opposite. The real talent behind Frost’s music comes from his ability induce longing emotion out of bristling source material. He can deliver a tribute to abrasive art-punks Swans – as he did on 2006’s sleeper cult-hit “Theory of Machines”. Currently living in Iceland, Frost also belongs to the Bedroom Community collective of artists, who all share the record label that operates under the same name.