Convergence and Rockfeedback announce a special Ben Frost A/V performance featuring Marcel Weber at Heaven, London on 16th March.
Australia-born, Iceland-based composer Ben Frost returns to Convergence with a colossal and compelling new live show featuring material from his highly anticipated new album, The Centre Cannot Hold which will be released September 29th via Mute.
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. In collaborating with Albini, Frost chooses a new immediacy and raw directness. As an artist whose command of sound design lies at the heart of his practice, by placing himself primarily in the role of live performer and handing the studio recording process over to Albini, Frost continues pursuit of Theseus’ paradox; the question of whether a ship restored by replacing every single part remains the same ship.
For this special outing, Ben Frost will be collaborating with the visual artist Marcel Weber who works with imagery, light and space. His performances and installations have been commissioned and featured by festivals such as CTM and Transmediale, Unsound and Mutek and he’s collaborated with artists including Clark, Kuedo and Kode9.
Weber’s work is marked by a well-defined and distinctive aesthetic, using images that both resonate with and form a relationship to sound. Applying the musical language and its ability to cut to the heart of our emotional worlds to moving image, an uncommon and ethereal quality emerges, brought to life by his passion for experimental narratives. The outcome is a multi-layered experience communicated by dynamic imagery: a cosmos made out of textures and distortions, a magical experience of surreal moments, stimuli for the subconscious.
One of modern music’s most elusive experimentalists, Visionist has been colouring the monochrome landscape of electronic production since his breakthrough EP I’m Fine in 2013, dissolving all manner of genres down in order to create work to which these terms no longer apply. His artistic signature is to manipulate vocal content into dense, highly fabricated melodies, human sound reconfigured into a stark and beguilingly alien sublime.
Picking up where I’m Fine left off, in 2015 he released his debut album Safe via PAN records – described as “a personal portrait of anxiety” it dealt head on with issues of mental health – at a time when the music industry was only just beginning to open up to the discussion – and was described by Pitchfork as “a statement that feels not just a flexing of experimental techniques, but something rich and human, too”. Further critical praise for Visionist has come from the likes of Resident Advisor, Crack, SPIN, The Guardian, and Rolling Stone, who cited him as an ‘artist to watch’ in 2016.
In 2017 Visionist returns with new album Value, released via Big Dada / Ninja Tune. It explores complex interweaving ideas of artistic value and self-worth, while building on the distinct sound of previous releases. The project also features creative collaborations with influential Belgian artist Peter De Potter – on the album artwork and zine and Daniel Sannwald on the artist shots.
Through the addition for the first time of his own vocals, Visionist continues to further explore a humanistic and intimate creation. Value’s opener, Self-, sees him reimagine the vocal treatment with rapid injections, followed by crescendos of abrasive rhythm and waltz-like melodies, providing a diligent insight into the rest of the album. It’s this cross-infection of sonic landscapes and unpredictable movements that constantly question ostracisation.
For his live shows he will be accompanied by Film-maker and A/V artist Pedro Maia. Maia is known for his specific interest in working with analog film and addressing image by analysing the beauty of its patina and how it fades away as it’s doubly temporal substrate. The visuals will be achieved in collaboration with Teri Varhol, whose interest in chaos and absurdity results in work that is original, disturbing and surreally beautiful.