Born and raised in the South of England, Ben picked up the guitar as a teenager and started to play in bands almost immediately. Eventually growing frustrated with band dynamics he became more interested in the possibilities of recording music using a computer. In 2008 Ben began recording under the alias Talvihorros. After a string of acclaimed releases under the moniker Ben has decided to now record under his birth name. Through his distinctive approach to the guitar, he crafts dense and dark compositions that hint at the conflicting beauty/chaos of the cosmos. The results create daring music free from a traditional sense of structure and genre. He combines bold melodic ideas that fight with harsh noise and glacial ambience to create something organic, evolving and physically arresting. Ben has played an extensive list of live shows under Talvihorros, often as a duo incorporating live drums and performing across the globe with the likes of William Basinski, Hauschka, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never and Loscil. For the past 10 years he has been building a home studio in a remote and scenic part of Scotland where he continues to produce his work.
Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green on 4th May 2015. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was this that I tried to tap into whilst making the record. I sourced a one hundred-year-old Dulcitone (a kind of portable piano that was made for a short period of time in Glasgow at the turn of the Twentieth Century) and used it extensively, making it sit with modern electronics and synthesis. The pairing of older, traditional instruments with modern recording techniques and processes is something that I'm very interested in."