When: Wed., Oct. 29, 9 p.m. 2014
Ben Frost is surrounded by elemental extremes. The Australian-born, Iceland-based musician played on Swans’ The Seer in 2012, an album whose heaving, sustained passages felt like tectonic shifts. He also collaborated with Brian Eno on a new score for Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 science fiction film Solaris, in which amorphous sounds reflect a mysterious planet’s oceanic surface. In Reykjavik, Frost is at the center of the Bedroom Community, a creative milieu and record label that co-released his 2014 album, A U R O R A, with the English label Mute. A U R O R A is all fire and ice, rife with grating beats punctuated by fleeting bell tolls and underpinned by deftly crafted electronics. Frost, who performs on Wednesday at 1015 Folsom (1015 Folsom St., San Francisco), couples the militaristic cadence of austere techno with bristling and dense textures, then forces it all to decay. The tracks evoke grueling death marches from tundra to scorched earth.