Nils Petter Molvær / KORK

Certainty of Tides

Produced by Jan Bang

The music for Certainty of Tides was initially recorded with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra with Nils Petter Molvaer as a soloist in 2020. He had asked several wonderful Norwegian composers to arrange a set of music from his back catalogue. “Have a listen to the recordings I did with the orchestra and tell me what you think” he told Norwegian composer, musician, and producer Jan Bang. Since the original recording was close mic’ed for broadcasting purposes, Bang saw an unfulfilled potential in the material due to lack of space in the initial recordings. Bang came up with the idea of re-amping the mixes playing the music through speakers in a concert house followed by re-recording of the result through distant microphones. With 76 speakers (one per instrument) carefully placed exactly like the orchestra would have been seated onstage, Certainty of Tides was recorded from microphones strategically placed in the large hall of Kilden Concert House with phenomenal acoustics. The re-amping and re-recording produced astonishing results. Some of the pieces needed additional color. Bang invited two of his highly talented electronic music students at the University of Agder (Kristian Isachsen and Even Sefenias Sigurdsen Frodesønn Røsstad). Both given freedoms to create their own sound based on their own personal taste. The final mixes were put together by Øyvind Kurszus at Kilden Studios supervised by both students, Molvaer and Bang. Helge Steen mastered the recording and  Knut Sævik mixed the track “Simply so”.

Hu Vibrational

Jan Bang appearing on Adam Rudolph's Hu Vibrational album

Hu Vibrational

Jan Bang contributes to Adam Rudolph's Hu Vibrational

'Twas ever ~ from vast primeval time 
The honey ~ honey must combine 
The psychic seeks a mystic sign 
While midnight kitchen's jammin' fine 
Lay back! It's oceanic time! 
Like twilit dance halls ~ 
Hittin' sublime 
Humming Droning Serpentine 
Flow ever on! 
O space! No time!


Released August 12, 2023 


Album credits

Compositions, organic orchestrations, arrangements, and electronic processing by Adam Rudolph. 
Published by Migration Music BMI 
Recorded by James Dellatacoma at Orange Sound Studio, and Adam Rudolph at Clear Lake Studio, New Jersey 
Mixed and mastered by James Dellatacoma 
Art and poem by Nancy Jackson 
Design by Sylvain Leroux 
Produced by Adam Rudolph assisted by Mas Yamagata and Carlos Niño 
Special thank you to Bill Laswell 

Dedicated to our families: those here, those gone, and those still to come 

Adam Rudolph: keyboards, thumb pianos, merimbula, cajon, mbuti harp, mouth bow, vocal, slit drums, udu drums, wooden and bamboo flutes, double reeds, gongs, kudu horn, zither, caxixi, kongos, tarija, gankogui, bells, percussion 

Alexis Marcelo: fender rhodes, organ (Hittin, Proto Zoa Gogo) 

Brahim Fribgane: tarija (Oceanic) 

Damon Banks: bass (Hittin, Proto Zoa Gogo) 

Eivind Aarset: guitar and electronics (Serpentine, Timeless, Honey Honey, Proto Zoa Gogo, Psychic) 

Hamid Drake: drum set Space, Oceanic, Hittin, Jammin, Proto Zoa Gogo) 

Harris Eisenstadt: bata (Hittin, Timeless) 

Jan Bang: sampling TImeless, Honey Honey, Psychic) 

Kaoru Watanabe: nohkan flute (Proto Zoa Gogo) 

Marco Cappelli: guitar (Hittin) 

Munyungo Jackson: tambourine, shekere (Oceanic) 

Neel Murgai: sitar (Hittin) 

Sameer Gupta: tabla (Space, Timeless)

Playing the Schoolhouse

David Sylvian with Jan Bang

A limited run of 300 cds released by Confront Recordings, ‘Playing The Schoolhouse’ is an EP length composition by David Sylvian recorded in Norway in March 2015

Released in mid October – and instantly sold out – ‘Playing The Schoolhouse’ (CCS 51) finds David Sylvian in avant garde jazz territory. Based on an improvisation with Jan Bang, the single 15 minute track sees Sylvian playing ‘found objects, samples, and additional field recordings’, with Bang adding ‘found objects and dictaphone’. There are also contributions from Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura.

Confront Recordings, the brainchild of owner Mark Wastell, specialises in small run editions, named the ‘Confront Collectors Series’. All releases are housed in a DVD sized metal casing with stickers to denote which release it is. Inside this case, the CD has the look of an old vinyl record, and a tasteful postcard completes the set. Pricing is also very attractive, only GBP 10.00 including worldwide delivery, or just GBP 8.00 in the UK.

According to Mark Wastell on the Confront Recordings website, “David has been a long time admirer of what we do and the way we do it – and a loyal customer too – as well as a contemporary of a number of the artists on our roster. I asked David to write a ‘single’ for the label and he presented me with the 15 min ‘Playing The Schoolhouse’.”

David Sylvian - Do You Know Me Now?

10CD box set

Today is the release date of the David Sylvian 10 CD box set "Do You Know Me Now?" One of the CDs is the Jan Bang / Erik Honoré album "Uncommon Deities" featuring David Sylvian / Sidsel Endresen / Arve Henriksen, with lyrics by Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe-Repstad.

In addition to the complete "Uncommon Deities" album, the box includes many other Punkt related tracks, from our early Sylvian remixes to the arrangements on the title track "Do You Know Me Now" - and of course a lot of brilliant music that we can't claim any credit for whatsoever. From the press release:

"This lavish 10 CD Box Set contains all of David Sylvian’s solo albums released on his own independent label, samadhisound, between 2003 and 2014, plus the albums recorded with Nine Horses, Jan Bang & Erik Honoré and Franz Wright & Christian Fennesz.

Also contains an exclusive compilation CD, “Do You Know Me Now?” featuring non-album tracks recorded with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Nine Horses.

Housed in a 10×10 slip case and designed by long-time collaborator Chris Bigg with David Sylvian. The box contains a 100-Page Hard Cover Book with an Introduction by David Sylvian and an essay on the samadhisound aesthetic by Adrian Shaughnessy plus 3 CD Holders featuring the work of Canadian musician and painter, Lance Austin Olsen."

Matthew Barley


Electric is a unique collection of works for cello and electronics. Electronics in music have been around for a very long time (the theremin is a century old), but the genre of works for instrument and electronics became more popular in the 1980s around the time when Jonathan Harvey wrote Ricercare una Melodia, the oldest piece on the album. A pupil of his, Oded Ben-Tal has written the newest piece - Present, Perfect - here in its world premiere recording.

The album opens with a piece written in 2012 when I commissioned Jan Bang, Norwegian composer, DJ and master of sound design, to create music for me to improvise with – the result was Noticing Things. Jan writes:

“I was introduced to Dai Fujikura through working on David Sylvian´s album, Manafon. So when the invitation came from Matthew Barley to rework Dai´s commissioning piece I was pleased to say yes. "Noticing Things" evolved into a reinvention of Dai´s originals using the Aria, Awakening and Floating movements as starting point for these three small pieces:

In Implanted Memories I wanted to make something that had a reference to Dai´s "Floating" and still had reminiscences of both pieces I´d put together and of Dai´s work as a whole. The drone is being treated only by the use of pitch/eq giving it a sense of clarity both technically with more space for Matthew´s cello improvisations, but also offering the listener a possible room for his own imagination.”

All the cello parts for Noticing Things are improvised - a creative task I enjoyed chewing upon, listening repeatedly to the tracks Jan had made to familiarise myself with their content and shape.

I commissioned John Metcalfe’s Constant Filter in 2006 and have played it more than any other piece with electronics. John wrote it around the time his mother passed away and he was fascinated by the idea, supported by science, that hearing is the last sense to go before you die – it elicited in him the question: what would you say in those last seconds when only the hearing remained? The piece was his response.

The more I play it, the more I like it, getting to know every electronic nook and cranny, reacting with tiny changes in vibrato or bow pressure. Audiences love the music - it speaks to people in an immediate way, the disembodied electronics and the human sound of the cello forming a striking partnership.

One of the enjoyable parts of collating this album was finding all the different reverbs that make the different pieces come alive. In Constant Filter John designated a reverb created from the Gol Gumpaz tomb in India that has a reverb of 22 seconds – the quality is timeless and still, as befits a noble place of rest.

Anna Meredith is a powerful voice in the new music world and I find her music so easy to get on with – it all just works so well. The first of her three pieces on this album is moonmoons, a simple singing cello part over increasingly frenetic electronic backing leading to a magnificent climax. Anna’s electronics are always refined and effective, and I enjoy the feeling of being submerged by the track towards at its loudest point.

Joby Talbot’s Falling starts with a series of wide leaping intervals, played with a huge glassy reverb that creates the illusion of great arching chords – really satisfying to play – and incredibly hard as any fault of intonation lingers so long. I chose not to autotune the really hard bits as I don’t like its synthetic perfection, so there are a few human moments!

Joby is known, amongst many other things, for The Path of Miracles, one of the most successful and powerful choral commissions of recent times. Motion Detector begins with a sample of the recording of that remarkable piece and so I’m accompanied along my journey in this piece by the voices of Tenebrae. Motion Detector’s cello part begins with a series of loops set up in different time signatures before the main voice comes in with a spiky theme at 1:40. It’s the only piece on the album to explore this very staccato edgy sounds of the cello. The piece comes to a magnificent climax as the choir sample ends and the cello continues wailing for a while before slowly descending to the bottom of the instrument in a series of delays.

The next movement of Jan Bang’s Noticing Things, Replica, “uses a beautiful melody from Dai Fujikura’s Aria, but with different blocks of sound to give it another view from a different angle.” (Jan Bang)

Blackfriars by Anna Meredith is a deeply felt series of chords, almost chorale like, with subtle changes in movement (0:45) in individual lines that stop the music sounding too blocklike. It starts with just the melody and there are four verses, each adding a new line until the final one where I tune the C string down to a very tasty bottom G#.

Jonathan Harvey who died in 2012 is the only composer represented here to be no longer with us. He composed Ricercare una Melodia in 1984 and as such it must be one of the earliest pieces ever composed for cello and electronics (originally for trumpet, he made the arrangement himself). Harvey was championed by Britten and Boulez, amongst other composers and this piece represents him well, with its impeccably imagined lines for cello and quadraphonic delay system. The delays create a perfect harmonic foil for the active and dramatic instrumental lines.

In Anna Meredith’s Honeyed Words simple melodic ideas and wonderfully mechanical slides are treated to unusual colours from both cello and electronics, the piece explores some of the less pleasant sounds from a cello which I like – it doesn’t always have to be sweet…

About Jan Bang’s third movement, Flooded Corridors he writes: “There is a little pizzicato part in "Dai Fujikura’s Awakening" that brought my attention as glaringly special. I took that as a starting point for this non-metrical piece that I somehow think of as a calligraphic drawing of irregular beats and parallel colours. There are small occurring incidents created in my studio in Kristiansand using my hardware Akai sampler.”

Dr Oded Ben-Tal, composer of Present, Perfect, writes: “Present Perfect is the result of Matt Barley’s long-standing desire to be able to improvise with an electronic partner. For a number of years, I have been applying ideas from Artificial Intelligence to develop systems that can act as semi-autonomous musical agents in dialogue with human performers. I utilise advances in machine listening research to programme the computer to ‘listen’ to the human musician and try to make some musical inferences about the incoming signal. This machine listening is still very far from the human kind but does open new possibilities for interaction between the human and computer. Another important component in creating a sense of musical dialogue is the use of decision making in the computer code. The machine uses the information it analyses from the performer to change how it responds. This creates a dynamic counterpart which is capable of surprising the human performer on occasion. Like other situations of performing with other musicians, each performance is slightly different encouraging the cellist to creatively explore the shared musical space.” And a huge thank you to Oded who hosted the album sessions at Kingston University’s Visconti Studios – I couldn’t have done it without this generosity, and Rob Plummer’s excellent engineering.

Japanese composer Karen Tanaka on her exquisite piece, The Song of Songs: “The title comes from the Song of Solomon of the Old Testament, which is a beautiful song of love. It begins as follows:
The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.
I have attempted to project this sensual song of love onto the sound of cello and computer. My intention was to weave color and scent into the sound while blending the ancient story and today's technology. The sound of cello is consistently gentle and tender.”

Light is Calling by Michael Gordon is “A meditation on the random and fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an ancient film”. If you google the track title and the name Bill Morrison you will find a beautiful film created to go with this piece. While recording it I wanted to find a really different sound for the cello so we applied a few effects which I then played with on the sound desk…I tried to make it more other-worldly and dreamy.

The album ends with an alternative take of Jan Bang’s third movement, Flooded Corridors. It’s been a great journey of musical discovery putting all this together – I really hope you enjoy it.


David Sylvian


Grönland Records has released a revised, remastered reissue of Sleepwalkers by David Sylvian, a compilation of collaborative work. Available as a gatefold 2LP with exclusive art print and as a digipak CD, this new edition features four Punkt related tracks:

The previously unreleased ‘Modern Interior’ with music by David Sylvian / Jan Bang, lyrics by Sylvian, recorded for Ryuichi Sakamoto's charity project following the Fukushima accident. 'Do You Know Me Now?' arranged by Erik Honoré and Jan Bang. 'Angels' from the Punkt album 'Crime Scenes'. 'Thermal' from Arve Henriksen's album 'Cartography' produced by Bang/Honoré.

Production work and appearances

Arve Henriksen

The Timeless Nowhere (box set)

(Rune Grammofon)

Limited edition 4LP box set, including 2 CDs with all the music.

Liner notes by John Potter of The Hilliard Ensemble.

”The Timeless Nowhere” consists of 42 tracks distributed across 4 individual albums, each with stunning artwork by Kim Hiorthøy and assembled in a sturdy slipcase. ”Towards Language - Live at Punkt” has previously only been available for streaming and downloads, while the 3 other albums consist of brand new material as well as previously unreleased selections from the past 10 years, carefully assembled by Arve into albums that could have been released separately. That said, while showing many facets of an artist on a seemingly unstoppable quest for for discovery and exploration, there´s also a remarkable unity to these tracks, possibly due to longtime collaborator Jan Bang who features across the board in various roles. ”The Timeless Nowhere” fits well into a lineage of albums like ”Chiaroscuro”, ”Places of Worship” and ”Towards Language”, and serves as a great introduction into Arve´s musical universe, at the same time being an indispensable treasure trove for fans and followers.

Towards Language - Live at Punkt
Captured Under Mountainsides

Cryosphere was produced by Jan Bang


Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang / Jez riley French

The Height of the Reeds

(Rune Grammofon)

Commissioned by Hull 2017 City of Culture and features Opera North Chorus and Orchestra with arrangements by Alexander Waaktaar and conducted by Justin Doyle. Produced by Jan Bang.

"Probably my favourite listening of the year so far: ‘The Height of the Reeds’, the sound installation for the Humber Bridge by Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset, Jez Riley French & Opera North. Released by ⁦@runegrammofon⁩ this week. Extraordinarily beautiful."
Richard Williams (UK)


Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvær feat. Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay. Produced by Jan Bang



Basic tracks recorded at Paradiso in Oslo. I added samples and programming and recorded Eivind´s  overdubs at Punkt studio and  later Nils Petter at D Volante studio, Kristiansand. Vladislav Delay mixed the album at his studio in Finland. Co-produced by Jan Bang and Vladislav Delay.

Financial Times Review: 

"Drummer Sly Dunbar and bass guitarist Robbie Shakespeare are the great rhythm section whose work traces the history of Jamaican music, from roots reggae and dub to dancehall and lover’s rock. On this album, they dovetail their rhythmic spring and bounce into layers of background electronica marshalled by producer Jan Bang in support of the broody lead voices of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and guitarist Eivind Aarset." ★★★☆☆


Arve Henriksen

Towards Language

 (Rune Grammofon)

Recorded during three days at Johnny Skalleberg´s studio in Oslo with Arve, Eivind Aarset and myself playing live together in the studio. I had brought a few sketches and ideas that I thought might be a good starting point for the recording session without presented it to the others in advance. Erik Honoré mixed the album at Punkt studio. Produced by Jan Bang.

Studio Shots