Producers Thomas Nökling and Espen Gulbrandsen come together for the Recluse project. Thomas Nökling Thomas Nökling aka. Manipura, born in 1981 in the town of Bergen in Norway - began with music already at the age of 8 when he started to take piano lessons. Combined with his interest in computers, he soon started experimenting with tracker software and started producing trance at an age of 16, highly influenced by Ferry Corsten and Tiesto. Later he traded in trackers for midi sequencers and hardware.