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Theory of Machines

Ben Frost Audio CD
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Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective.

His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Frost Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bedroom Community
  • ASIN: B000MTP70M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theory of Machines
2. Stomp
3. We Love You Michael Gira
4. Coda
5. Forgetting You Is Like Breathing Water

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Ben Frost 16 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to his 5 track album over the last year; Theory of Machines, and I do believe I've rarely been more moved by any group of tracks in the entire stretch of my existence. Of course my existence is limited to myself, and your eclectic selves may have delved deeper into your own souls than I ever could imagine. But by God the frustration of emotion and the release contained within are enough to feel as though completely forgotten parts of myself are awoken to weep and bask in the cleansing water that only a mortal imagination can conjure.

Released by Valgeir Sigurðsson's Bedroom Community label, the album contains 5 tracks, which really are best heard as one. Two titles at least show a distinct nod of the head to the amazing band Swans, but they are much more than a tribute. Modestly he thanks Michael Gira, but Swans never made this piece, and I never would think it any different, or even that it could be. This exceeds anything I have heard before in the forms it has taken up. It speaks in a universal language of sound (He's from Australia, writes & records in Iceland and works with international collaborators) and symphonic narrative harking right back to classical composition, but exceeding it in both instrumentation and style. It exceeds post-rock, in being so instrumentally ambiguous and electronic that there is very little in the way of individual motifs but more sounds that are made to speak to each other, everything is far more where it should be, it doesn't reject form, it just doesn't address it. In most music, from electronic dance to folk, there are different instruments operating on various frequency levels and in separated sections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 7 Dec 2007
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can only describe Theory of Machines as ambient hardcore. Australian born Ben Frost builds walls of noise that rise steadily and slowly, and come crashing down on command. Now residing in Reykjavik, Frost exploits all of the extreme properties of sound. Psychologically raw, punishing, and overdriven guitars, with reverberated pads and rhythms mutate into the white noise and back, sending chills that originate deep from within the ear canal and slide down to the toenails. Frost often made me scratch my ear canal and occasionally get up to check the monitors that sounded blown out, emitting graceful static. Coming from a rock background, and being a member of a band called School of Emotional Engineering, Frost is not particularly interested in electronic music, and rather relies heavily on dark minimalism and industrial noise to compose truly one of the most interesting and irreversible memory imprints of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Distorted and lovely 27 April 2007
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When friends of mine kept recommending Ben Frost, I knew that it was an artist I should seek out (as my friends most often know more than I do), and after hearing his album Theory Of Machines, I'm glad that I did. The second release on the fledgling Bedroom Community label, it's also the third release from Frost, and finds him pushing even further into powerful audio explorations that sounds something like Tim Hecker with occasionally punishing rhythms. He examines textures and timbres in lovely, and sometimes disturbing ways over the course of five tracks and just under forty minutes, mixing pastoral beauty with gut-churning blasts in other places.

The album-titled opener "Theory Of Machines" sets the tone with a super-slow build of filtered guitar that's almost crystalline in places. Eventually, slow-morphing sludgy bass enters the mix and the track builds to a powerful climax of screaming guitars and overdriven beats about two-thirds of the way through before melting into ambience again. "Stomp" follows, and takes a slightly different direction, with programmed beat thumps banging across a more barren landscape while distance waves of noise only creep into the foreground during a crunchy ending.

"We Love You Michael Gira" conveys a similar sense of dread as many tracks on the album, and this time Frost pulls it off by again barely keeping waves of feedback under control for the first half of the track before letting loose with a repeating high tone (that resembles a medical device warning sound) and some beats that are absolutely coated in feedback and on the verge of breaking down. A string coda at the end of the song does nothing to lighten the mood.

If the former track was barely-contained violence, then "Coda" is where things let loose with any pent up energy. The two-minute track is all scorching guitar noise, red-lined bass pulses, and hammering drums that finally blur out at the end. Given all that came before it, it seems only fitting that the closer of "Forgetting You Is Like Breathing Water" takes things down a great deal to warm repeated tones, filtered drones, and some subtle strings that sound something like a more layered version of the minimal pulse-tone work that Oren Ambarchi has mastered. Even though it's a shorter album, Theory Of Machines is by no means a light listen. With several moments that will make your hair stand up on end (both for sheer beauty and dread), this is definitely worth seeking out.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and very good 11 July 2007
By Mr. Thistle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ben Frost constructs and then deconstructs ambient electronics. Theory of Machines' 5 tracks play as a narrative of teaming beauty and destruction and must be heard as a whole. Isolating single tracks is like reading random chapters out of a book, you loose their relevance without context. Frost's music is for machinery, for switchboards and factories, for oil consuming retrograde robot soldiers from the future. Yet with all this mechanics of it, Theory of Machines is not an industrial record. Frost's techniques are rooted in Fenneszian textures, The Wind-Up Bird's electronic blips and Michael Gira's pure sonic power. Frost's robots have pumping, bleeding hearts that flow to the surface after the chaos as in the album closer "Forgetting You is Like Breathing Water" where a beautiful string motif swells to its bursting point. Theory of Machines is power electronics of the most soaringly winning nature. Highly recommended for the adventurous.
5.0 out of 5 stars Theory Of Machines 21 May 2014
By Nietmus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant Album. Great album to listen to with a good pair of headphones. Great ambient, layered sound; textural and unnatural;Minimalist and complex; calming and unnerving all at once. Great companion to any Swans album!!! Reccomended for people who want something NEW and Exciting. An atmospheric Album of Saws and Sines and White noise delight. 5 Stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Frost - Theory Of Machines 24 Oct 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ben Frost's THEORY OF MACHINES delves deep into the long, sustained tones of ambience and comes up with something dark and primal, like a Lovecraftian Elder God. The title track itself sounds like a prayer, complete with a pained growl of desperation. With "Stomp," the prayer ends, and what's left is a seething anger, one that never comes to the surface but instead bubbles underneath. The paean to the Swans frontman, "We Love You Michael Gira" is like a cardiogram for someone in a coma, but whose consciounsess is struggling to regain control. But the final, long track, "Forgetting You Is Like Breathing Water" harkens back to the first track -- another slow, symphonic build, with slightly de-tuned strings, like a concern in a submerged church. Most likely to Dagon.
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