Ben Frost ‎– Theory Of Machines

Bedroom Community ‎– HVALUR 2
CD, Album

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1 Theory Of Machines
Electronics [Additional Processing Occuring Post-collapse By] – Lawrence English
2 Stomp
Programmed By, Effects [Other Psycho-acoustic Wonders] – Lawrence EnglishWritten-By [Contains Sample From Red Sheet, Written By] – Michael Gira
3 We Love You Michael Gira
Gong, Percussion [Ambient Percussion] – Sigtryggur Baldursson*Strings – Russell Fawcus
4 Coda
Performer – School Of Emotional EngineeringRecorded By – Daniel RejmerWritten-By – Daniel Rejmer, Sean Albers
5 Forgetting You Is Like Breathing Water
Performer – Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir*, Sigtryggur Baldursson*Recorded By, Mixed By – Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson

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Distributed by Baked Goods Worldwide from February 2007.

On back cover and CD:
(P)&(C)2006 Bedroom Community HVALUR 2

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 59700 05392 8
  • Barcode (Reader): 859700053928
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress Arvato logo] 52028353/HVALUR2 22
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L847
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0779

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Ben Frost Theory Of Machines(5xFile, AIFF, Album, RE) Bedroom Community none 2007
HVALUR 2 Ben Frost Theory Of Machines(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Bedroom Community HVALUR 2 Iceland 2006 Sell This Version
HVALUR 2 Ben Frost Theory Of Machines(CDr, Promo) Bedroom Community HVALUR 2 UK 2006 Sell This Version
HVALUR 2 Ben Frost Theory Of Machines(CD, Album) Bedroom Community HVALUR 2 Iceland Unknown Sell This Version
none Ben Frost Theory Of Machines(5xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Bedroom Community none Unknown


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June 20, 2013
edited over 8 years ago
This has to be one of the worst sleeve designs of all time. Bedroom Community is rightfully known to have ridiculous cover artworks, but this really takes the cake. What were they thinking? It nearly destroys the music for me, because everytime I want to listen to it, I have a vivid mental image of that horrendous cover before my eyes. Not to mention the unpleasent aesthetic experience of actually having the LP in your hand.


October 24, 2011

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.


January 13, 2008
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.