Ben Frost (born 1980) is an Australian composer and producer He is based in Iceland. Frost composes minimalist, instrumental and experimental music, with influences ranging from classical minimalism to punk rock and black metal.
His albums include: Steel Wound (2003), School of Emotional Engineering (as part of the band School of Emotional Engineering) (2004), Theory of Machines (2007), By the Throat(2009), Sólaris (with Daníel Bjarnason) (2011), Aurora (2014), and The Centre Cannot Hold (2017). His latest statement, Scope Neglect, recorded with Car Bomb guitarist Greg Kubacki and My Disco bassist Liam Andrews, is set for release on March 1, 2024 by Mute.
Frost’s diverse impact reverberates across film, television, and opera, earning acclaim for his score for Julia Leigh’s Palme d’Or-nominated Sleeping Beauty and scores for TV series such as 1899, Raised By Wolves with Ridley Scott, Fortitude, and the global cult hit series Dark. His Opera creations, including The Wasp Factory and The Murder of Halit Yozgat -a collaboration with London-based research agency Forensic Architecture have been performed at London’s Royal Opera House and Hannover’s Staatsoper, cementing his position in the world of contemporary music and live arts. He has collaborated with contemporary dance companies Chunky Move, the Icelandic Dance Company and the British choreographer Wayne McGregor.
Following successful exhibitions for Broken Spectre; the latest result of his extensive collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Richard Mosse, which was shown at London’s 180 Studios, Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria, ARS Electronica, and The Momentary Museum Bentonville, Arkansas in 2023, the New York debut of Broken Spectre opens at the Jack Shainman Gallery on January 12 (continuing until 16 March). Ben Frost’s solo installation Among The Petals, a new commission for The Momentary Museum is a multichannel, 3-story vertical sound sculpture, on show through April 2024, this follows the acclaimed solo installation work A Predatory Chord which Frost debuted in Athens in May.
No one on this planet sounds like Aïsha Devi. Her voice is her most powerful tool in a repertoire that includes thumping beats and rave stabs, seraphic and guttural singing, mystical linguistics and corporeal sonics.
Born in Switzerland with Nepali Indigenous heritage, a transversal identity was forged, guiding both her personal and creative process. Dislocating pop culture, also evident in her mixes for Resident Advisor, FACT, NTS, BBC Radio and Mixmag, is one of her foundational tools.
In 2013 Devi co-founded Danse Noire, a label collective supporting insurrectional electronic music from around the world, where she released her breakout EP, followed by ‘Hakken Dub / Throat Dub’ in 2014, giving context to her universe alongside artists including Ruhail Qaisar, Yikii, and more.
In 2015, Aïsha Devi released her debut album, ‘Of Matter And Spirit’, a significant sonic statement rich in political and philosophical subtext. 2018 saw the release of Devi’s sophomore album, ‘DNA Feelings’, an acclaimed record addressing the impact of sound on an atomic level. On Nov.10, 2023 she will release ‘Death Is Home’, her most personal and accessible album to date. While she currently uses music as her primary medium of expression, Devi’s practice is fundamentally interdisciplinary – she studied graphic design and collaborates with visual and performance artists as well as making her own interventions within the art world.
Devi has worked closely with Chinese artist Tianzhuo Chen on a string of videos, as well as performances together with the Asian Dope Boys collective, most notably at The Barbican and The Broad Museum (LA). She has also recently composed for and performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Queen Elizabeth Music Hall.
But Aïsha Devi is just as magnetic performing solo. With her mesmeric digital world-building and captivating stage presence she has bowled over crowds at CTM, Primavera, Unsound, Roskilde, Dark Mofo, MoMA PS1 and hundreds of festivals and venues from Japan to Mexico and beyond.