A lead singer in the early teen rock'n'roll band: Signs of Woe. At eighteen, John refused conscription into the Vietnam War. Instead he sang protest songs for peace on the steps of Parliament House; deciphered open tuning on his twelve-string guitar and learned the art of piano tuning and restoration.
After hearing a concert of Ali Akbar Khan, John followed George Harrison and Pete Townsend's lead and traveled to India to study music. Near Mehr Baba's tomb, John asked a priest where he might find a fine sitar. The priest sent John two thousand miles south to Miraj, a village devoted to hand crafting the finest instruments where John found an exquisite sitar. By joining gatherings of seasoned musicians, John Frohlich learned to play, improvise and vocalize within the spontaneity of the raga.
Back in Australia, inspired by world music, John Frohlich continued to explore and develop his own improvisational style, weaving soaring, ecstatic and hypnotic melodies.
As an engineer and producer at Festival Studios, John Frohlich participated in hundreds of recording sessions with many of Australia's best hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal, new age, rock'n'roll and country music bands. Frohlich engineered the Festival Records hit albums Highway One and Goodbye Tiger by Richard Clapton, recorded in 1975, 1977. He engineered numerous top-ten singles including Capricorn Dancer, Highway One and Deep Water.
Known for his fine "ear," John Frohlich managed Glebe Studios, producing hundreds of singles. In cooperation with Dave Skinner, he engineered and balanced numerous film soundtracks: Fire on the Wind: Ballooning Over Everest, An Indecent Obsession and themes for TV series; The Great Bookie Robbery and orchestral recordings for theatre and stage. John Frohlich was co-commissioned to compose The Tin Symphony, for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The Tin Symphony, (co-written and co-produced by Ian Cooper and John Frohlich,) is a rollicking reel, including an Irish Jig, montaged with drums, bush sounds and a multi-layered vocal choral montage designed and sung by John Frohlich with guest artists added to deepen the timbre. It's Olympic premiere brought the international crowd to it's feet, receiving rave reviews and an ARIA Award as a part of the #1 Album in 2000.
sprang from the womb of a concert pianist while listening to Bach!
The Tin Symphony, for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.