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Scope Neglect

    Renowned Iceland-based Australian composer Ben Frost presents a pre-release limited edition version of his upcoming album, Scope Neglect, exclusive to independent retailers.

    Scope Neglect is an experimental and genre-shifting album forged from Frost’s admiration for metal with the mindful removal of its conventional attributes. Where the record touches aspects of the genre, it’s met with glitching electronics, immersive ambient industrial churns and deeply contemplative explorations that result in something impossible to pigeonhole. Created with guitarist Greg Kubacki (from New York’s progressive metal band Car Bomb) and bassist Liam Andrews (from Melbourne band MY DISCO), the album was recorded at Candy Bomber studios in Berlin with engineer Ingo Krauss (Swans, Nick Cave, and Mick Harvey)..

    Ben Frost is known for his groundbreaking contributions to composition, production, sound art, and direction over the past 15 years, including soundtracks for film and TV including Netflix shows Dark and 1899. This album marks his first studio release in six years and adds to the list of his acclaimed releases on the label, 2014’s A U R O R A was album of the year in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Clash, with 2017’s The Centre Cannot Hold as one of Pitchfork’s Top 20 Experimental Albums of the year.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I love a bit of Ben Frost, Theory Of Machines and By The Throat are two of my favourite drone albums ever, and there was *always* that metallic heft simmering in the background (or the foreground). What sets 'Scope Neglect' apart is that it's not a simmer, it's a slap around the face of metallic heft. It's Frost's perfect production and off-piste rhythmic uncertainty with the heft. It's heft-forward and it's absolutely brilliant.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lamb Shift
    2. Chimera
    3. The River Of Light And Radiation
    4. _1993
    5. Turning The Prism
    6. Load Up On Guns, Bring Your Friends
    7. Tritium Bath
    8. Unreal In The Eyes Of The Dead 

    Ben Frost

    1899 (Original Music From The Netflix Series)

      The mystery series ‘1899’ was created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese (‘Dark’), and streamed on Netflix worldwide. A migrant steamship heads west to leave the old continent. The passengers are a mixed bag of European origin, united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea. What they will find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.

      Ben Frost is a composer, producer, sound artist and director. His work includes the studio albums ‘Theory of Machines’ (2007), ‘By The Throat’ (2009), ‘A U R O R A’ (2014) and ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ (2017), and spans an array of other forms including installations, live performance, scores for dance, theatre and various studio collaborations. He has composed several scores for film, including the Palme d’Or nominated ‘Sleeping Beauty’, the TV series ‘Fortitude’ and ‘Dark’. Most recently he composed the score for ‘Raised By Wolves’ with director Ridley Scott and wrote and directed ‘The Murder of Halit Yozgat’, an opera for the Hannover Staatsoper. He also recently scored ‘Broken Spectre’, a new installation piece made with long term artistic collaborators Richard Mosse and Trevor Tweeten, which premiered at the National Gallery of Victoria in October.

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      CD
      Wake Up!
      Ellas Están Escuchando
      Les Secrets De L'Univers
      Kapitän
      Reality, Or A Construct Of One
      Mainframe
      Djævlen Kalder På Dem
      At Hjælpe Hendes Sjæl På Vej
      Wirus Się Rozprzestrzenia
      This Can't Be Real
      Nína
      ƈ

      For the surreal German supernatural thriller, Frost’s dynamic and ominous orchestrations provide a striking backdrop. Says Frost: “Working in this strange and beautiful world of light and shadow has been a gift and an endless source of inspiration”. Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer based in Iceland. His albums include: Steel Wound (2003), School of Emotional Engineering (2004), Theory of Machines (2007), By the Throat (2009), Sólaris (with Daníel Bjarnason) (2011), Aurora (2014), The Centre Cannot Hold (2017), Fortitude OST (2017, 2018) and more. Dark is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. The story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in multiple time periods.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Furthering his already prolific output on the soundtrack scene, top-tier noise merchant and ambient god Frost brings out two parts to his superb score for German Netflix outing, 'Dark'. The first cycle is a bit more of a brooding affair (as with Stranger Things) and perfectly soundtracks the rising unease and supernatural strangeness of the whole situation.

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      Alles Ist Miteinander Verbunden
      Ein Mensch - Ein Schmetterling
      Die Hölle Ist Leer, Alle Teufel Sind Hier
      Tick Tack, Tick Tack
      Warum Nicht Waldweg
      Apokalypse
      Kein DeLorean
      Das Ist Nicht Mikkel
      Eine Reise Durch Die Zeit
      Ich Kann Die Vergangenheit Ändern
      Gott Gib Mir Gelassenheit
      Wo Ist Übergang

      Ben Frost

      Dark: Cycle 2 (Original Music From The Netflix Series)

      For the surreal German supernatural thriller, Frost’s dynamic and ominous orchestrations provide a striking backdrop. Says Frost: “Working in this strange and beautiful world of light and shadow has been a gift and an endless source of inspiration”. Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer based in Iceland. His albums include: Steel Wound (2003), School of Emotional Engineering (2004), Theory of Machines (2007), By the Throat (2009), Sólaris (with Daníel Bjarnason) (2011), Aurora (2014), The Centre Cannot Hold (2017), Fortitude OST (2017, 2018) and more. The award-winning mystery series DARK transcended borders and connected with audiences around the world. The second season continues the story of four families and their attempts to change their fate within their tightly knit community. Through eight hour-long episodes, they experience how every decision irretrievably influences the present, the past and the future.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: The second part of Frost's soundtrack for 'Dark' ramps things up a little, with tension and in turn musical intensity building to breaking point through a shadowy and foreboding electronic soundcape. Typically mindblowing work.

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      Schwarze Materie
      Winden 2053
      Bootstrap
      Alles In Einer Endlosen Schleife
      Die Reisenden 1
      Du Bist Ein So Guter Mensch
      Jeder Bekommt Was Er Verdient
      Die Apokalypse Muss Kommen
      Wir Haben Keine Zeit Mehr
      Die Reisenden 2
      Ich Dachte, Ich Haette Mehr Zeit
      Folge Dem Signal
      Der Weisse Teufel

      Ben Frost

      Super Dark Times - Music From The Motion Picture

        This new soundtrack album features 13 original compositions by the acclaimed experimental composer Ben Frost, creator of the critically-lauded studio albums by The Throat (2009) and Aurora (204), as well as music for the film Sleeping Beauty and 2015 British television series Fortitude. For this release the artist creates vivid minimalist textures that capture the drama of the compelling new film Super Dark Times. “When Kevin Phillips approached me to write music for his film it resonated immediately. As a composer, the thing that perhaps excited me the most is that Super Dark Times, is in many ways of a period drama, and that within that idea there was a largely untapped world of sound to explore. Whilst the sound of the ‘80s had long since moved into the realm of retro, 1995 still feels uncomfortably close. CD Walkmans, digital delays, Boss Metal Zone distortion pedals, Intel Pentium chips, and Peavey practice amps inadvertently defined the music of the period (and my teenage years), and it was from that world of technology and my own memories of the confusion, the anxiety, the black hair dye the music for Super Dark Times was born.” – Ben Frost

        Ben Frost

        The Centre Cannot Hold

          The Centre Cannot Hold was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. The music 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.
           
          An exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation, The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound.
           
          Ben Frost released Threshold Of Faith, a seven-track 12” and digital EP, last month. Pitchfork describe the track title track as “moving from heroic vistas into a garbled, snow-blinded melee. Distant choral pads, a glistening upper-register sheen, submerged piano, and groaning harmonies all stack up into a geologic crescendo that extends into infinity.” while The 405 describe the EP as “scorching and beautiful”.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: I once saw Ben Frost at Mauerpark in Berlin. I tweeted him to ask what he was doing there (a stupid question as he was doing the exact thing I was, watching bad open-air Karaoke). His response was that he was 'Collecting Owls' which he must have been as good at as he was at making life altering earth-shaking electronic clouds of bliss, because there wasn't an owl to be seen.

          Ben Frost

          Fortitude

            Australian-born, Reykjavík-dwelling musician Ben Frost, whose glacial compositions have adorned Sky Atlantic’s oddball Arctic murder mystery Fortitude. Despite previously scoring various visual projects (including survival drama The Deep), Frost approached Fortitude with reservations. “I was actually very wary of getting involved, to be honest,” he says. “In my experience, when people use words like ‘new’, ‘uncompromising’ and ‘cutting edge’, what they actually mean is can you borrow some elements from something genuinely exciting and mash it into a fine paste suitable for infants and old people.”

            Dovetailing with the on-screen intrigue, Frost’s work is by turns urgent, unsettling and alarming. “I was probably subconsciously trying to get out of it when I said it should be built around choral music, but nobody asked me to leave the meeting,” he says.

            For Frost, who has decried industry “bullshit” vehemently in the past, working on scores has proved liberating. “There are lines of inquiry that I can explore, that can form the foundations of a bigger idea, one that needs more time. In those long spaces between [albums], I have often found that writing soundtrack music as a counterpart to something else is, if nothing else, good exercise.”




            Performed by Ben Frost with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily and Thor Harris and largely written in Eastern DR Congo, ‘A U R O R A’ aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force.

            Starved of all the adornments of its predecessor; wholly absent of guitar, of piano, of string instruments and natural wooden intimacy, ‘A U R O R A’ offers a defiant new world of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummelling skins and pure metals.

            TRACK LISTING

            Flex
            Nolan
            The Teeth Behind The Kisses
            Secant
            Diphenyl Oxalate
            Venter
            No Sorrowing
            Sola Fide
            A Single Point Of Blinding Light


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