Eivind Aarset started playing guitar at 12 years old, after hearing Jimi Hendrix. A devotee of rock, he would also be influenced by the jazz fusion of Miles Davis and Weather Report. After playing with a heavy metal band, the Norwegian became a session musician. He defined his style while spending time on Oslo's underground jazz scene. In 1998, Aarset released his first disc as leader, Électronique noire, a blend of post-rock, avant-jazz and electronic music. At the same time, the guitarist initiated a close collaboration with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær. Next came several additions to his discography: Light Extracts (2001), Connected (2005) and Sonic Codex (2007). The artist also appears on the group albums Jazzland Community (2007) and Ethics (2010).