Helge Sten aka Deathprod: Audi Virus
Stale Storlokken: Keyboards
Jarie Vespestad: Drums
Arve Henriksen: Trumpet, Electronic
Supersilent was formed in Oslo in 1997 after producer and sound artist Helge Sten approached Free Jazz trio "Veslefrekk" with the idea of forming a new quartet. Their first album was released in early 98, also being the first release in the Rune Grammofon catalogue. Ever since Supersilent have been a solid cornerstone in Rune Grammofon since and are seen by many as the very essence of the label. 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 Molvar, 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 Molvar, Motorpsycho and several others. With Biosphere he remixed Norwegian composers Arne Nordheim's electronic works on the Rune Grammofon album "Nordheim Transformed".
All recordings and live performances of Supersilent are improvised. 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 their music appears to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepathic level.
Often being labelled Jazz because of the improvising aspect of the music and the fact that three of the members come from a Jazz background, they are just as likely to attract followers of bands such as Goodspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, King Crimson, (late) Talk Talk or Popol Vuh.
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