When I was born I was named by my brother and sister after Beatrix Potter's books The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit. From day one I've been a dreamer and my dreams are a big influence on me. As a teenager they began to literally manifest in my waking consciousness, which was an experience that has greatly shaped my creative style and life philosophy. I use dreams to gather and refine ideas for my music, as well as using them to guide many of my life choices. I aim to greatly inspire the world with the stories I tell through music and with the songs that I sing. Ultimately, I plan to transcend time and space and give more love than I receive. My greatest goal is to have music I've made shot out inside a spaceship as an example of artistic human endeavour for interstellar civilisations to discover. As a composer I make scores and sounds to accompany visual mediums but I like to think of it as making music for life, inspiration, happiness and getting tingles on the back of your neck.
Benjamin Speed is an Australian born film composer, musician and producer. He spent his formative years as a loud mouthed hip-hop know-it-all and extreme stunts live performer in Australian band 'The New Pollutants', a fun loving, experimental and darkly zany hip-hop/electro duo influenced by 8-bit computer games and 1950's/60's pop that performed at many music festivals around Australia. As The New Pollutants alongside DJ Tr!p, Benjamin devised and performed an innovative, evocative and critically acclaimed live score to the 1927 silent film Metropolis, which had highlighted performances at events and stages such as the Commonwealth Games, The Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Film Festival and MONA FOMA.
Since his foray in to film composition, Benjamin has scored over 30 films including the multiple award winning 'The Cat Piano', narrated by Australian musician Nick Cave; the Australian Documentary Prize winning 'The Snowman', The Australian Film Institute Award winning ‘A Northern Town'; The MTV 180 Project winning 'Dungoona’; the Comic-Con winning 'Street Angel'; 3 Tropfest Australia finalists, 'Carnivore Reflux', 'Glass' and 'The Maestro'; the acclaimed short films ‘Tender’ and ‘Anima’ and the Berlinale Crystal Bear and Sundance Film Festival Best Director winning '52 Tuesdays'.
Among other awards, Benjamin has won one and been nominated for three APRA Australian Screen Music Awards, won Best Score at the St Kilda Shorts Festival and was nominated for an American MPSE Golden Reel Award for Music Editing. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Music Technology from The Elder School of Music and a Masters degree in Screen Music from the Australian Television and Radio School. He was an active board member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers and now resides in Los Angeles.
Besides music and film, Benjamin is obsessed with soccer, bicycles, watermelon, pineapple and tea. He mostly enjoys laughing, at himself especially, as regularly as possible.