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Pete Namlook

If most artists in contemporary electronica are like islands unto themselves, turning out tracks in relative anonymity, Pete "Namlook" Kuhlmann was a whole continent. A dizzyingly prolific composer who steadily built up an entire industry around his Frankfurt-based Fax label, Namlook's name was inextricably linked with the post-rave resurgence of ambient music, and many of his solo and collaborative recordings with the likes of Mixmaster Morris, Tetsu Inoue, Klaus Schulze, Bill Laswell, Richie Hawtin, Geir Jenssen, Dr. Atmo, Burhan Ocal, Atom Heart, Jonah Sharp, Charles Uzzell-Edwards, and David Moufang, among many others, number among the most lauded and influential in new ambient.

Although Namlook got his start releasing quasi-new age (as Romantic Warrior) and hard trance (as Sequential, 4Voice, Escape, Deltraxx, and a host of others), he and his label became synonymous with new ambient after Fax began exclusively releasing the style shortly after the label formed in 1992. Fax helped give shape to ambient's new school by allowing the artists to freely experiment while making a living from their music. (Fax's label structure conferred the majority of its profits to its artists.) Countless Fax releases, particularly those dating from 1993 and 1994, are considered classics of contemporary electronic ambient, and while the label suffered a certain degree of repetition after the '90s, Fax remained one of the most important and influential German electronic music labels for years. Namlook was criticized for adopting a quality-over-quantity approach, but he succeeded in attracting a devoted, ravenous following that allowed him and his label to continue releasing new music. (Fax also expanded to included four Fax-related labels and two subsidiary labels, Rather Interesting and Headphone, run by Atom Heart and Higher Intelligence Agency's Bobby Bird, respectively.)

Musically, Namlook drew most recognizably on the synthscapes of artists such as Klaus Schulze and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, combing the droning electronics of those artists with, depending on the project or collaborator, ethnic instrumentation (tabla, tambouri, oud), environmental samples (rain, voices, arriving and departing trains, wildlife), sweeping electronic treatments (the bubbly undercurrents of Dreamfish or the drifting synthetic landscapes of 2350 Broadway), and minimal acoustic and electronic rhythms (jungle, electro, techno, and trance). His collaborations arguably outdid his solo recordings, although a few of his solo works are among Fax's finest. Though hard to find, the two volumes of The Definitive Ambient Collection offer a good introduction to Namlook's early work. Namlook died on November 8, 2012, at the age of 51. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Air - Jeux Dangereux

1. Happiness

2. Jeux Dangereux

3. Obsessions

5. End Of Line

6. Jeux Dangereux (Reprise)

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Track List: Music For Urban Meditation II

1. Casella 2

2. Blue Tube

3. Wind Of Steel

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Track List: New Organic Life II

1. In & Out Of Zoom

3. Pixel Party

4. Take Me With You To The Stars

5. Inun

6. Sundance Of The Microbes

7. Genetic Synthesis

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Track List: New Organic Life III

1. In & Out Of Zoom

3. Pixel Party

4. Take Me With You To The Stars

5. Inun

6. Sundance Of The Microbes

7. Genetic Synthesis

8. Pixelconference

9. Nocturnal Flight Environment

10. Grainology

11. Organic Engine

12. Interview With New & Native Orangic Life

13. Russia`s NOL In Space

14. Grain City

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Track List: Outland 5

1. Outland Exploration

2. An Intelligent Force

3. Object Approaching

4. N-Dimensional

5. The Origin

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Track List: Silence V

1. Asbendos

2. Master Of The Sky

3. Ancient Beauty

4. Picnic

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Track List: Subconscious Worlds

1. Opening The Gate

2. Living The Dream

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@CaliOnMyMin d It's the cover artwork from Pete's 2006 release Air V - Jeux Dangereux.

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What's with his profile pic of girl in pigtails?!
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Yeah! Fantastic sounds. I'm picturing myself traveling through the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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racingguitar s
Wonderful music !
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rstein628
I relate to Mr. Namlook's Textures. In this era of New Age Music I find it mysterious, Imaginative and conducive / stimulating to listen to while I do my own Art Work. Thank You
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trayte.peter s, you coward hiding behind your private profile. You have no respect for the musicians, who create far more meaningful things than you, or for we listeners. You create small-minded garbage.
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Pete Namlook is one of two artists that introduced me to ambient music.His passing away is such a loss to the ambient and electronic world of music,but his sounds will live on forever.
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The Magician
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He was the Best and he sill is Magic
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This man's musical output is absolutely amazing! Never a dull moment!
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wellreadfell o w
Namlook is one of my favorites
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Love his Dark Side of the Moog Series with Klaus Schultze
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Namlook & Hawtin’s ‘From Within’ series are for the Ages
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drmontague
reminds me of plastikman cd from years back and maybe the tresor series (e.g. tresor-berli n ) . . .
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Amazing ambient composer - Namlook's FAX Records is incredibly rich with recordings from himself as well as collaboratio n s & other artists' solo work.
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Great textures, dark and endless landscapes.

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