arve henriksen



supersilent 1 - 3



1997; rune grammofon; RCD 2001
reissued 10.02

1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4
2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5
3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4

produced by deathprod.
recorded by helge sten* and kai andersen+
mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
photography by ellen ane eggen
℗​ + © 1997 rune grammofon as
distributed and marketed by ecm records

*recorded at audio virus lab 15.-17.08.97 dow ext. format
+recorded at athletic sound 01.-02.09.97 15 ips no noise red.
mixed at athletic sound 02.-03.09.97
mastered by audun strype at strype audio 07.10.97

supersilent 4



1998; rune grammofon; RCD 2007
reissued 10.02

4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3 / 4.4 / 4.5 / 4.6 / 4.7

produced by deathprod and supersilent
recorded and mixed at audio virus lab by helge sten
mastered by audun strype
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 1998 rune grammofon as
distributed and marketed by ecm records



Supersilent is the most exciting young band to have come out of Norway in a long time. It's an alliance between three improvisers - with roots in both jazz and rock - and mixmaster and experimental ambient artist Deathprod (aka Helge Sten). All options are open in their performances: they are splendidly, dangerously, unpredictable.

Supersilent is, in a sense, the flagship band of rune grammofon, and seems to embody the label's manifesto. Supersilent was formed by the alliance of an existing improvisation group called Veslefrekk - with ten years of playing history behind them - with producer/sound manipulator Helge Sten (aka Deathprod). They played together for the first time, without any prior rehearsal, at the Bergen Jazz Festival in 1997 and immediately made headlines. The musical success of the experiment convinced the participants that this had to be a permanent group, and they went into the studio to play many hours of non-stop improvisation from which their debut triple album,"Supersilent 1-3", was ultimately drawn. "1-3" was released in Norway in January 1998. Supersilent - the name, by the way, derives from a logo on the side of a truck spotted in Oslo - was quick to build a reputation as one of Scandinavia's most viscerally exciting concert acts. There is a dangerous unpredictability about their music, a sense that anything can happen. All parameters are open. From moment to moment, they can touch on elements of hardcore noise, imply industrial soundscapes, recall Miles at the Fillmore or Stockhausen in Donaueschingen, or play the most delicate and filigree "ambient" sound-washes. There is a savage beauty in this music, with lyricism and disruptive fierceness counterbalancing each other. In brief, Supersilent stretches definitions of jazz to near breaking point, yet at the same time its members' improvisational skills are finely honed, all four players -and Sten/Deathprod must be considered a player, too, not just the wild card - know how to listen, how to react and interact. And if jazz can still be considered the "sound of surprise" then Supersilent fulfils the description. Helge Sten, Ståle Storløkken, Arve Henriksen, and Jarle Vespestad still don't rehearse or even discuss their music. They meet only to play concerts or to record.

In this group, Sten is credited with playing "audio virus". He explains, "My instrumentation is made up of home-made electronics - old tape machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers and so on, and my usage of these devices is very unpredictable." Supersilent records in Deathprod's Audio Virus studio, packed with analog and digital hardware amassed originally for his electronica/ambient solo projects; the improvisers are not shy about experimenting with this technology but, as free music players, they insist on real-time applications only. Even in the studio, all the music is played live. Overdubs have no place in the band's modus operandi.

Three of Supersilent already have strong ECM associations. Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken is a full-fledged member of Terje Rypdal's "Skywards" band. Trumpeter (and electronics player) Arve Henriksen was heard recently on "No Birch" with the trio of pianist Christian Wallumrød. Jarle Vespestad has played with Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke and Tore Brunborg, amongst others.

Arve Henriksen is a graduate of the Trondheim conservatory and has been a freelance musician since 1989. He has played with many musicians familiar to ECM listeners, including Jon Balke (of whose Magnetic North Orchestra he is also an alumnus), Anders Jormin, Edward Vesala, Jon Christensen, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvær, Misha Alperein, Arkady Shilkoper, Marc Ducret, Bjørn Kjellemyr and the Cikada String Quartet, as well as Sten Sandell, Frode Gjerstad, Peter Friis Nilsen and many other Scandinavians committed to free improvisation.

Supersilent synthesizer player Storløkken studied at the Trøndelag Conservatory. He has participated in projects with Louis Sclavis, Jon Balke, Lars Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvær, Anders Jormin and Tore Brunborg, and has composed commissioned music for the Kongsberg and Vossajazz festivals.

Drummer Jarle Vespestad has played in diverse rock, jazz and improvised contexts. He worked with Henry Kaiser and David Lindley during their ethnomusicological trawl through the far North, has recorded several albums with the experimental jazz-folk-rock band Farmer's Market, and played with the jazz collective Embla Nordic Project..

Supersilent toured Germany and Switzerland in January 2000. Later in the year they will play the Musik Triennale in Cologne. They are also booked for the Gulbenkian Jazz Festival in Lisbon in August.

Supersilent was recently voted "Band of the Year" in Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenpost.

supersilent 5



2001; rune grammofon; RCD 2018
released 14.05.01

5.1 / 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5

produced by deathprod at audio virus lab
recorded and mastered by audun strype
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 2001 rune grammofon as
supported by fund for performing artists
distributed and marketed by ecm records

all selections are recorded direct to dat on the following locations
purcell room, queen elisabeth hall, london 16.11.00
i.t.c. teatro di san lazzaro, bologna 26.09.00
kulturkirken jakob, oslo 08.10.00
blå, oslo 07.02.99



Even the name is both a found object and, somehow, also in a rock tradition. Much as the members of the Buffalo Springfield, 30 years earlier, took their name from a steamroller parked on a West Hollywood street, so four Norwegian improvisers snapped to attention when a truck with the word "Supersilent" on it rumbled through Oslo in the late 1990s. Aha, a sign! Supersilent haven't named anything else since, neither the self-invented genre they play in, nor their albums or tracks. We're up to album # 5 now although this is actually only their third release, the first being "Supersilent 1-3", a triple album. The names of the players do not appear on the cover of "5". This is Supersilent music, collective work, group improvising, and not a matter of individual grandstanding. Affiliated, certainly, with European free music, it is also at some distance from it. A generational thing, perhaps - the members of Supersilent are still in their 20s; they have amassed different experiences. 

About the music they play together they remain taciturn, even by the tight-lipped standards of the Far North. They don't rehearse, don't discuss the music, don't socialize together, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Supersilent music lives in the no-man's-land between the genres, somewhere between "Arctic ambient" music, rock, electronic music, jazz, modern composition, musique concrete, and raw and bloody noise.

The group was formed four years ago when an existing improvising trio, Veslefrekk, came together with producer/sound manipulator Helge Sten (aka Deathprod) for a concert at the Bergen Jazz Festival in 1997. Since then, they haven't  looked back. Writing in UK magazine Jazzwise, Stuart Nicholson recently observed that "Supersilent is dangerously unpredicatble. Their music unfurls in unexpected ways, sometimes logically, sometimes illogically but always commanding attention."

The material in this instance avoids the head-on confrontational aspects of the group's live presentation, even though the selections are from concert recordings. Perhaps the quietest of their releases "5" proposes a raw, electronic lyricism.

Helge Sten: "This album has indeed a different atmosphere, which I think is nice. These tracks represent music we have played the last couple of years and I find it a very relevant contrast to the more hardcore noise-blasts we often deal with. However, it does not represent a change in style. It represents only one side of many of this band. The pieces were recorded direct to DAT from the PA mixing desk at various concerts in 1999 and 2000. We do not think of it as a live album though, since we have a similar approach to the music in the studio. The greatest difference from a studio session is that the music often is one 2 hour piece at our concerts, which makes it hard to edit the material into shorter pieces. Otherwise the process is very similar. Since we record every concert we do, we will also compile a box-set of live recordings at some future point."

Sten is credited with playing "audio virus" in Supersilent, his catch-all term for instrumentation "made up of home made electronics - old tape machines, ring modulators, filters, theremins, samplers and so on."

All four Supersilent members have worked in diverse contexts with ECM associated players. Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken is a member of Terje Rypdal's "Skywards" ensemble. Trumpeter Arve Henriksen was heard recently on "Different Rivers" by Trygve Seim and has also recorded with Christian Wallumrød for ECM. Drummer Jarle Vespestad has played with Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke and Tore Brunborg amongst others. Helge Sten has collaborated in concert with the Cikada Ensemble.

supersilent 6



2003; rune grammofon; RCD 2029
released 20.01.03

6.1 / 6.2 / 6.3 / 6.4 / 6.5 / 6.6

produced by deathprod at audio virus lab
recorded by kai andersen
mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 2003 rune grammofon as
distributed and marketed by ecm records

recorded at athletic sound 3.-7.12.01 15 ips no noise red.
mixed at audio virus lab 20.06.02, 15-23.08.02 24/96
mastered at strype audio 24.09.02



Supersilent 6 was recorded during a 5 day studio session at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, the all analogue facility where other important Rune Grammofon albums like "Supersilent 1-3" (RCD 2001) and "Scorch Trio" (RCD 2025) were made. From the monumental hardcore blizzard storm of "1-3" to the elegant electrojazz of "4" and the almost quiet soundscapes of "5", this new album is where the sum of Supersilent comes together in a shape of almost epic proportions.

Again, the names of the players do not appear on the cover. This is Supersilent music, collective work, group improvising, and not a matter of individual grandstanding. They never rehearse as a group and don't discuss the music with each other, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Supersilent music lives in a no-man's-land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. In fact, much of the music on "6" appears to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepatic level. Needless to say, there are no overdubs. Everything is presented as it was performed in the studio.

Often being labelled jazz because of the improvising nature of the music and the fact that three of the members come from a jazz background, with "6" they are just as likely to attract followers of rock bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, King Crimson and (late) Talk Talk.

Supersilent was formed in Oslo in 1997 after producer and soundartist Helge Sten approached free jazz trio "Veslefrekk" with the idea of forming a new quartet. The first time they played together was a concert at Bergen Jazz Festival the same year. Their first album, the triple set "1-3" was released in early 98, also being the first release in the Rune Grammofon catalogue.

Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken is a member of Tere Rypdal's Skywards trio and a freelance musician, trumpeter Arve Henriksen released his solo debut album "Sakuteiki" last year to high international acclaim, he has recorded with Trygve Seim on both his ECM albums and twice with Christian Wallumrod and Jon Balke. He is also a member of the Anglo-Norwegian quartet Food. Drummer Jarle Vespestad has played with Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke and Tore Brunborg amongst others. Helge Sten, aka Deathprod, was a former member of rock group Motorpsycho and is an important producer on the various independent scenes in Norway, with credits including Jaga Jazzist, Nils Petter Molvær, Motorpsycho and several others. With Biosphere he remixed Norwegian composers Arne Nordheim's electronic works on the Rune Grammofon album "Nordheim Transformed" (RCD 2005).

supersilent 7




2005; rune grammofon; RDV 2047
released 26.09.05

7.1 / 7.2 / 7.3 / 7.4 / 7.5 / 7.6

recorded by kai andersen / athletic sound
assisted by sven olsen
mixed by helge sten
foh engineered by audun strype
all selections by supersilent

lights by kyrre heldal karlsen and sfefan dombek
photography by kim hiorthøy, hanne myhren and jacob risdal otnes
assited by kjartan heleve and andré severin
film loading by viggo knudsen and robin ottersen
directed and edited by kim hiorthøy

audio mastering by helge sten
dvd production and authoring by born studios / cutting room

sleeve by kim hiorthøy
funded by hundreårsmarkeringen norge 2005
℗​ + © 2005 rune grammofon as

filmed and recorded at parkteatret, oslo 16.08.04
mixed at audio virus lab 09.-15.01.05
audio mastering at audio virus lab 04.07.05



Finally we can present this longawaited treat of a concert film. The sold out concert took place in Oslo in August last year and was beautifully captured by Kim Hiorthøy and friends to 16 mm black and white film, and later edited by Hiorthøy. The sound was recorded by Athletic Sound and mixed by Helge Sten. Needless to say, it looks and sounds fantastic. The concert itself was rewarded a six out of six review at the time in Norway's major national paper Aftenposten. You get the complete concert, 109 minutes, 6 tracks, in the same order as on the night, there are no overdubs or repairs. And there is no bonus material, not even a menu. This is a conscious decision by the director, artist and label. We wanted it to work like a cd, with instant access to the concert material and individual tracks. Both sound and picture has been coded in the best possible way. It's a DVD-9 (as opposed to the more normal DVD-5), meaning it's a dual layer disc with more space for information and therefore better picture quality. In addition to the standard Dolby Digital, there is also a DTS sound option for those with players equipped for this.

supersilent 8



2007; rune grammofon; RCD 2067
released 17.09.07

8.1 / 8.2 / 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.5 / 8.6 / 8.7 / 8.8

produced by deathprod at audio virus lab
recorded by kai andersen
mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 2007 rune grammofon as

recorded at athletic sound 22.-26.08.05 24/48
mixed at audio virus lab 14.05.07-20.06-07 24/48
mastered by bob katz 13.-18.07.07



Helge Sten, Ståle Storløkken, Arve Henriksen and Jarle Vespestad celebrate 10 years as a groundbreaking quartet with their first studio album in almost 5 years. Their music lives in a no-man's-land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. Yes, we say composition because when listening it's not far fetched to think it could have been, although everything here is improvised, as it has always been with Supersilent. With "8" they have yet again re-invented themselves, exploring more abstract and mysterious pathways and ending up even further away from traditional categories.
The album is produced by Deathprod and mastered by US mastering guru Bob Katz.

supersilent 9



2009; rune grammofon; RCD 2092
released 05.10.09

9.1 / 9.2 / 9.3 / 9.4

produced by deathprod at audio virus lab
recorded and mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © rune grammofon as

recorded at henie onstad art center 20.-22.03.09 24/96
mixed at audio virus lab 06.08.09 - 13.08.09 24/96
mastered by bob katz 30.09.09



A brand new album from Supersilent is always a special occasion, even more so with "9" as this is their first recorded output since the departure of drummer Jarle Vespestad in late 2008. This spurred no less than 3 recording sessions and the four tracks that make up this album are all taken from a session at Henie Onstad art center just outside Oslo where all three members rigged themselves with Hammond organs and nothing more. The result is nothing short of spectacular and probably their most avant garde and otherworldly recording so far and once again shows a band never looking back and always pushing their limits. Needless to say, this comes highly recommended.

supersilent 10




2010; rune grammofon; RCD 2102
released 23.08.10

10.1 / 10.2 / 10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7 / 10.8 / 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12

produced by deathprod at audio virus LAB
recorded by kai andersen* and jan erik kongshaug*
mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 2010 rune grammofon as
supported by norsk kulturråd

* recorded at athletic sound 22.-26.08.05 24/48
** recorded at rainbow studio 05.-06.01.09. 24/96
mixed at audio virus LAB 14.05.07-20.06.07 24/48
mixed at audio virus LAB 14.-15.05.10 and 26.-28.05.10 24/96
mastered by bob katz 12.07.10

track 10.5 is previously released as part of c-6.1



Since the very beginning 13 years ago Supersilent have always moved forward with the greatest integrity. No albums, or indeed concerts, sound the same, yet there's always a strong signature present. So also with this album. Mostly recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug at the famous Rainbow Studio in Oslo, this was their first session after drummer Jarle Vespestad left the band. This time they have moved slightly towards a more acoustic landscape with Ståle Storløkken, for the first time with Supersilent, playing grand piano. The album also features some of both the band and Arve Henriksen's most darkly beautiful and lyrical moments side by side with some of their most eerie soundscapes. Comes highly recommended.

supersilent 11




2010; rune grammofon; RLP3103
released 27.09.10

11.1 / 11.2 / 11.3 // 11.4 / 11.5 / 11.6

produced by deathprod at audio virus LAB
recorded by kai andersen
mixed by helge sten
all selections by supersilent
sleeve by kim hiorthøy
℗​ + © 2010 rune grammofon as
supported by norsk kulturråd

recorded at athletic sound 22.-26.08.05 24/48
mixed at audio virus LAB 14.05.07-20.06.07 24/48
mastered by bob katz 22.07.10

track 11.4 is previously released as part of c-6.1



These recordings are taken from the very fruitful sessions that resulted in "Supersilent 8", but are no mere leftovers. Indeed, "Supersilent 8" was originally scheduled as a triple release, but producer Deathprod finally decided to split it.
This is also the first vinyl only release from the band.
This 180g audiophile vinyl edition was carefully mastered by Bob Katz and cut by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering.