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BENJAMIN SPEED at Metro Screen

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Uploaded on May 22, 2011

Starting out in The New Pollutants, a fun loving, experimental and darkly zany hip-hop/electro band influenced by 8-bit computer games and 1950's pop, Mister Benjamin Speed spent his formative musical years as vocalist, song writer and extreme stunts live performer playing such places as The Big Day Out and Falls Festivals. After he graduated with a music degree from the Adelaide Conservatorium in 2004, The New Pollutants composed and performed a highly successful new score for the 1927 silent film Metropolis, which premiered at the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival and has since played at such places as the Commonwealth Games, The Opera House and MONA FOMA Festival. In 2011, the Metropolis Re-score was updated to coincide with the now most complete 2010 version of Metropolis and once again premiered at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival. Moving to Sydney in 2006, Benjamin released his critically acclaimed debut album 'The Dreamer' and in 2007 attended the AFTRS Film School and graduated with a Masters Degree in Screen Composition. In the past 2 years he has won one and been nominated for three APRA Screen Music Awards, was a finalist in the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards and scored numerous films, documentaries, animations, television slots and advertising campaigns. Among many others, Benjamin has scored the Nick Cave narrated, AFI and IF award winning film 'The Cat Piano', the Australian Documentary Prize winning 'The Snowman', The AFI Award winning documentary 'A Northern Town', feature film 'The Tumbler', MTV 180 Project winning film 'Dungoona', the Comic-Con winning 'Street Angel' and has scored 3 Tropfest finalists, 'Carnivore Reflux', 'Glass' and 'The Maestro'. He has also won Best Score at the St Kilda Shorts Festival and was nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award. In sound production, he has designed for and mixed various projects including short films, adverts and plays and has produced, recorded and mixed albums and songs for numerous artists. Compositionally, Benjamin's dreams are a major influence on him. He uses them to gather and refine ideas for music, as well as using them to guide many of his life choices. Ultimately, Benjamin wants to give more love than he receives and aims to transcend space and time through the power of thought. He is also addicted to social network buffoonery, liquorice, watermelons and anything with ginger in it.

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