Ben Frost Remixes Resina’s “In In” as part of her upcoming remix record via 130701

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Australian electronic composer and lover of all things the color blue Ben Frost has released a remix of the Warsaw-based cellist and SHAPE artist Resina’s “In In,” which is part of a larger remix album due out on May 31 via 130701, the label that kickstarted Max Richter and Johann Johannsson’s early careers.

Originally a twinkling track built around a simple floor tom rhythm off Resina’s 2018 release Traces, Frost’s remix of “In In” marries his industrious kicks and spacious, filtered synths with Resina’s crystalline strings, resulting in an uncomfortable matrimony you can’t help but gawk at. It unfolds when there are seemingly no creases left to unravel, and revives itself when you think it’s gone.

Frost’s remix is premiering here today. Listen to it down below, and pre-order the full album your choice of vinyl or digital here.


Traces – Remixes tracklisting:

01. Trigger
02. In In – Ben Frost remix
03. In – Ian William Craig remix
04. In In – Lotic remix
05. Trigger – Abul Mogard remix

MUTE announce compilation of John Cage’s famously silent “4’33”” interpreted by over 50 artists, somehow expect us to pay more than $0.00 for it

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If the headline of this news article made you instinctively look at your calendar to make sure it’s not April 1, you’re not alone. However, there’s more to this story than just a money-thirsty label figuring out how to sell a five-LP worth of silence on wax. Heck, by the end of this post, you might even be heading to their website to pre-order the damn thing.

As part of the imprint’s 40th anniversary celebration, London heavyweight MUTE has announced the May 2019 release of STUMM433, a box set collecting over 50 renditions of John Cage’s “4’33”” performed (“performed?”) by the label’s vast roster of artists. Depeche Mode, New Order, Liars, Moby, Wire, Ben Frost and others will all refrain from playing their instruments for exactly four minutes and thirty three seconds, in a homage to the 1952 piece that did for music what Duchamp’s Fountain did for art.

Here’s why the box set might actually be worth your money (and time): each artist has also created an appealing visual to accompany their “cover” of the composition, and the proceeds from the sales of the entire compilation will be split evenly between the British Tinnitus Association and Music Minds Matter charities; these organizations have been chosen to pay tribute to Inspiral Carpets’ late founder Craig Gill, who had battled tinnitus-related anxiety and depression in the years leading up to his death.

The very first visual from STUMM433 is available now and comes from the Slovenian avant-garde group Laibach. Watch it below (but first, here’s some white space):

STUMM433 featured artists:

A Certain Ratio, A.C. Marias, ADULT., The Afghan Whigs, Alexander Balanescu, Barry Adamson, Ben Frost, Bruce Gilbert, Cabaret Voltaire, Carter Tutti Void, Chris Carter, Chris Liebing, Cold Specks, Daniel Blumberg, Depeche Mode, Duet Emmo, Echoboy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Erasure, Fad Gadget (tribute), Goldfrapp, He Said, Irmin Schmidt, Josh T. Pearson, K Á R Y Y N, Komputer, Laibach, Land Observations, Lee Ranaldo, Liars, Looper, Lost Under Heaven, Maps, Mark Stewart, Michael Gira, Mick Harvey, Miranda Sex Garden, Moby, Modey Lemon, Mountaineers, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, NON, Nonpareils, The Normal, onDeadWaves, Phew, Pink Grease, Pole, Polly Scattergood, Renegade Soundwave, Richard Hawley, ShadowParty, Silicon Teens, Simon Fisher Turner, The Warlocks, Wire, Yann Tiersen

Ben Frost – “Self Portrait In Ultramarine”

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The Reykjavík-based experimental composer Ben Frost will release a new EP later this month. It’s titled All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (charming!) and will be out on Mute. We’ve already heard the titular track, and today Frost debuted a new single called “Self Portrait In Ultramarine.” It’s eerie and apocalyptic, led by … More »

Ben Frost – “All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated” Video

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Last year Reykjavík-based Australian experimental noise composer Ben Frost surprised us with his Threshold Of Faith EP, which was almost immediately followed by his latest full-length album, The Centre Cannot Hold. Those releases contained separate versions of a song called “All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated,” and now the LP version is … More »

Music Review: Ben Frost – The Centre Cannot Hold

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Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold

[Mute; 2017]

Rating: 3.5/5

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

– W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

There aren’t many poems as fitting for our current political climate as W. B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” Written in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I, it describes the radicalization of politics at that time and the overwhelming disillusionment surely felt by anyone hoping for at least a lesson learned from a conflict that mercilessly devastated numerous countries and societies. Spoiler: there wasn’t, and it feels like we haven’t learned anything in the following 98 years either. A grim, if increasingly realistic, assessment.

It’s an outlook that Ben Frost seems to share, taking the title of his new album, The Centre Cannot Hold, from one of the poem’s stanzas. Who could blame him? The West currently experiences the kind of overt political turmoil unseen in decades with the resurrection of the far-right politics of resentment across the globe. The political center couldn’t hold, and it dissolved spectacularly together with its empty facade of consensus. In its wake, all the social antagonisms that were previously hidden came to light. Whether because of race, nationality, or sex, the Other is now an enemy to be hunted down, not listened to.

But Frost’s The Centre Cannot Hold doesn’t seem to be a political album in the strict sense of the word. It’s more akin to a journal of the individual’s emotions amidst this state of the world. Constantly on the edge between sadness and rage, its disillusionment becomes anger, brought on by the feeling of helplessness in the face of global violence. The album assaults the listener from the very beginning with “The Threshold Of Faith,” assembled from what sounds like wailing amplifiers and distorted synths, punctuated by heavy bass drums. Even when next track “A Sharp Blow In Passing” settles into a melancholic, rave-like melody, it retains the urgent, unnerving feel sensed throughout — especially when it cuts abruptly into a different motif, with an anxious arpeggio playing over distorted bass sounds.

That said, there is one element of the album that feels explicitly political: the title of a brief, 12-second track, “A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000.” It’s the only track here that offers a moment of respite, situated between the unrelenting noise and sounds of helicopter blades of “Trauma Theory” and the throbbing, aggressive bass of “Eurydice’s Heel.” Is this a brief moment of peace, or is it a corporate jingle to accompany an ad for Hellfire missiles? The contrast between the title and the material is unmissable, demanding the listener to process it and making it much more than a simple allusion. The glittering harp-like material presented in it will come back only once, in “All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated,” this time hovering above waves of sharp glitches, noise, and bass. Is it the representation of that which is to be eviscerated, that which is loved? Or is it the false peace of arms deals and foreign invasions hidden beneath the now illusory notion of consensus? Maybe they are one and the same: the image of a peaceful and civilized West coming apart at its seams.

1. Threshold Of Faith
2. A Sharp Blow In Passing
3. Trauma Theory
4. A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000 USD
5. Eurydice’s Heel
6. Meg Ryan Eyez
7. Ionia
8. Healthcare
9. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated
10. Entropy In Blue

Ben Frost – “Ionia (Jlin Remix)”

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In a few days, the Iceland-based experimental artist Ben Frost will release The Centre Cannot Hold, the new album that he recorded with Steve Albini in Chicago. We’ve already posted the intense, forbidding instrumental first single “Ionia,” and now, after working with Albini, Frost has found another Midwestern noise artist to remix the track. More »

Ben Frost – “Ionia”

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Earlier this summer, the Iceland-based experimentalist Ben Frost released the surprise EP Threshold Of Faith. As it turned out, that EP was an early warning, and Frost’s new album The Centre Cannot Hold is coming later this month. Frost spent 10 days in Chicago recording it with notorious engineer Steve Albini, and first single … More »

Ben Frost announces new album The Centre Cannot Hold, seems pretty ready to SLASH YOU if you’re not on board with it

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Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
W.B. Yeats

Seems like only yesterday we were confidently telling you about how Australia’s most fearlessly experimental sculptor of sound (and facial hair) Ben “Yep, Ben Frost” Frost was surprise-releasing his apocalyptic new EP Threshold of Faith, on which he and Chicago’s favorite not-a-producer, Steve “Not-A-Producer” Albini, proceeded to spend two mad weeks slashing at speaker cones, assaulting amplifiers, overloading vacuum tubes, and violently tearing a handful of high-octane compositions out of Frost’s swimming head and searing them onto magnetic tape.

I don’t know about you guys, but I figured that was pretty much the end of the experiment and that a worn-out Frost and Albini had arrived at some sort of…nirvana-like catharsis.

NOPE.

Frost is COMING BACK already, with the announcement of The Centre Cannot Hold, a new, full-length album of similarly-visceral sound design process experiments recorded “over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago.” Due September 29 on Mute, this new 10-track attack on reason and composure “exists not in space, but in a space; it is a document of an event, of a room, and of the composer within it. It is music that is not fully controlled and appears to be anxiously, often violently competing against its creator.” It also (obviously) represents “an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound.”

But that’s not all. Along with the album announcement, Frost has also announced a fall your (starting September 25 in Essen, Germany and culminating in an appearance at Utrecht, Netherlands’s Le Guess Who Festival) and unleashed a new full-on video for the EP and LP’s opening salvo “Threshold Of Faith.” The hauntingly luminous and inscrutable visual aid (watchable down below) is the result of a “collaboration shot in the winter of 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland with conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten.”

Keep a cagey eye out for pre-orders, and check out the minimalist and very appropriately-cerulean cover art and full album tracklisting right after the video clip. Then,
after that? Prepare ye for the End of fucking Days before it’s too late.

Things fall apart, readers. THINGS FALL APART.


The Centre Cannot Hold tracklisting:

01. Threshold Of Faith
02. A Sharp Blow In Passing
03. Trauma Theory
04. A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000
05. Eurydice’s Heel
06. Meg Ryan Eyez
07. Ionia
08. Healthcare
09. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated
10. Entropy In Blue

Ben Frost’s widening gyres:

09.25.17 – Essen, Germany – Maschinenhaus / Zeche Carl
09.29.17 – Brussels, Belgium – Bozar
10.04.17 – Paris, France – Le Trianon Biennale Nemo Paris
10.05.17 – London, England – Electric Brixton
10.06.17 – Berlin, Germany – Funkhaus
10.08.17 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
10.18.17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Dance Event, Muziekgebouw
10.21.17 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lunchmeat Festival
10.28.17 – Manchester, England – Transformer 2 Festival
11.03.17 – Turin, Italy – Club2Club Festival
11.11.17 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who Festival

Ben Frost and Steve Albini use torn speakers and razorblades on surprise EP Threshold of Faith

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Ben Frost’s music has always sounded like the soundtrack to a global machine-takeover (hence, the aptness of the title to Frost’s 2016 release on Bedroom Community), so it’s no surprise that the Aussie expat recently inhabited a Chicago studio and seemingly attempted to establish AI through punishment and sheer force of will. There’s no word on whether the studio in question was the famed Electrical Audio run by Steve Albini, but Albini was in Frost’s company for the sessions, and together they reportedly took a full two weeks over the summer of 2016 to push equipment to a limit that may or may not have violated local fire ordinances. “Speakers were torn” and “vast systems” were on the “verge of collapse” and “fed into an array of amplifiers inside a cavernous studio,” according to a press release. “Behind the glass Albini committed live performances to tape; slashing at them intermittently with a razorblade.”

Ultimately, those Chicago sessions led to what’s now being dubbed Threshold of Faith, a new EP that is being surprise-released digitally today and on 12-inch Friday. The EP is but a segment of the 2+ hours of music that was recorded during those sessions last year.

Have a listen to the title track below. We’re super glad for Frost’s continued music-making, despite a recently stated ambivalence subsequent to the release of 2014’s A U R O R A.

Threshold of Faith

01. Threshold of Faith
02. Eurydice’s Heel (Hades)
03. Threshold of Faith (Your Own Blood)
04. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (Albini Swing Version)
05. The Beat Don’t Die In Bingo Town
06. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (Lotic Remix)
07. Mere Anarchy

Ben Frost announces summer/fall festival appearnaces and tour dates, thinks a little adulation on your part would be nice

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A picture tells a thousand words.

So a video must tell, like, A MILLION, right?

Unless you’re electronic music wizard Ben Frost, in which case your video (a la the above) probably poses more questions than answers, apart from the fact that you’re about to head out on a European tour.

Thankfully, we have an accompanying press release, which confirms the aforementioned tour and the fact that the tour will be featuring brand new music (we smell an album coming), as well as a collaboration with the rather unspectacularly-named UK-based installation artists United Visual Artists.

In the midst of this tour, Frost is also sharing a stage for one night with Daníel Bjarnason when they perform SÓLARIS (the soundtrack to a film of the same name by Andrei Tarkovsky) on July 29 as part of the Barbican’s sci-fi series.

Well, what are you waiting for!? Get EXCITED. Ugh. Do we need to show you the damn video again? Cuz we’ll do it! Actually, you know what??? Screw it: here’s TWO videos! That’s TWO THOUSAND WORDS.

Seriously, now. Get on it.

Ben Frost Live 2017:

07.01 – Brest, France – Astropolis Festival
07.14 – Ferropolis, Germany – Melt Festival
07.29 – London, UK – Barbican (performance of Solaris with Daníel Bjarnason)
09.25 – Essen, Germany – Maschinenhaus / Zeche Carl
09.29 – Brussels, Belgium – Bozar
10.04 – Paris, France – Le Trianon Biennale Nemo Paris
10.05 – London, England – Electric Brixton
10.06 – Berlin, Germany – Funkhaus
10.08 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
10.18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam Dance Event, Muziekgebouw
10.21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lunchmeat Festival
10.28 – Manchester, England – Transformer Festival
11.03 – Turin, Italy – Club2Club Festival
11.11 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who Festival