* Re-release of Ben Frost's previous album for Bedroom Community following immense praise for his current
album 'By The Throat'...
From the ominous darkness and intensity of its opening moments, one might expect a death metal album to break out in an instant, but Theory of Machines is an album whose design is as symphonic as it is confrontational—the tempo doesn't pick up, no hooks or vocals arrive, and when the drums finally kick in they're as fragmented and corroded as they could possibly be and still resemble a groove. In Theory of Machines, Ben Frost exploits every extreme of pitch, volume and timbre, the changes in this music sometimes seem as gradual as changes in the weather—and sometimes as violent. As the music changes it changes only in texture, colour and intensity so that the sense is not of something being created, altered or even developed, but of something already present being slowly illuminated. ''
-Adapted from the liner notes by Daniel Johnson''
This is Frost’s first release for the Icelandic Bedroom Community Label. At 26 he has already released such critically-lauded works as 2003's guitar exploration LP, Steel Wound on the Room40 Label, which Pitchfork Media USA marked as ''"...An exemplary ambient experience"'', and the harrowing, self-titled 2005 opus School of Emotional Engineering, which Db Magazine called ''...An atmospheric masterpiece.'' In addition to his solo work, Frost produces his work internationally in various forms including gallery-based installations, scores commissioned for film, dance and multimedia productions (for the likes of The Icelandic Dance Company and as part of A/V installation collective Cicada) and collaborative works, remixes and productions for artists such as Björk, Steintryggur, Neotropic, Lawrence English, Stars Like Fleas and Ai Yamamoto. A resident of Iceland, Ben Frost operates primarily in Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík under the wing of producer and founder of the Bedroom Community's label/collective Valgeir Sigurðsson. Theory of Machines fully exploits the sonic resources of this unique environment with collaborators such as Valgeir and Sigtryggur Baldursson (The Sugarcubes).
Tracklisting: 01 Theory of machines 02 Stomp (Lux et Nox) 03 We love you Michael Gira 04 ...Coda 05 Forgetting you is like breathing water
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