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Title: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: mgriffin on November 15, 2012, 08:44:26 AM
I was very surprised this morning to see the announcement of the passing of Peter Kuhlmann AKA Pete Namlook, best known as the founder of the FAX label.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=18224 (http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=18224)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: APK on November 15, 2012, 08:59:42 AM
Shocking !
What a loss.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: phobos on November 15, 2012, 09:19:08 AM
Shocking !
What a loss.
I agree, and only 51 years old!
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on November 15, 2012, 09:27:18 AM
WOW!!!!
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Seren on November 15, 2012, 09:53:35 AM
very unexpected and sad - RIP
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Anodize DB on November 15, 2012, 09:55:08 AM
Just found out about this. Stunned, shocked, dispirited...godDAMN. One of the giants in our field is gone. Further words elude me.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: mgriffin on November 15, 2012, 10:29:47 AM
Likewise, not sure what to say. Namlook is one of the few figures of the ambient music world I've never met or talked to or at least emailed, yet I don't underestimate his impact and influence, which were matched by few.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: mgriffin on November 15, 2012, 11:10:11 AM
Found this link to a blog post by Phonaut - interesting summary of Namlook's impact and discography. Those of us who were following the ambient scene from the 90s will already know a lot of what's contained here, but still interesting

http://phonaut.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/r-i-p-pete-namlook/ (http://phonaut.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/r-i-p-pete-namlook/)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on November 15, 2012, 11:20:45 AM
Well my jaw is on the floor...I cannot believe this, I don't want to believe it...

To me this man was a musical genius, visionary, innovator, an electronic music GOD.

I am stunned. 

I will return to this thread and write more later.   :'(
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: einstein36 on November 15, 2012, 11:28:03 AM
Wow...very sad news indeed....I too really did not know the guy, but I have heard some of his music....will be missed along with his music...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: dreamin4ever on November 15, 2012, 11:40:14 AM
Totally shocked of the news this morning. This happened last week. . . .WOW! RIP.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Antdude on November 15, 2012, 12:49:27 PM
Stunned at this news. Can't believe he was only 51. I have to admit, I came to Faxlabel ambient rather late. I discovered it through a Shoutcast server in '98 called J's Ambient, that played an incredible variety of ambient music, much of it from Pete's Faxlabel stuff, and became a collector of all I could find. Not an easy task because of Pete's policy of limited releases, but it was fun to meet other Faxheads and collectors through the 'net.  Dave at Ear Rational has been a tireless champion of Fax titles here in the States.

Namlook's huge output showed how much variety was possible in the ambient genre, and even if it wasn't always successful, it was great to see(and hear) boundaries being broken down and know that ambient couldn't just be pigeon-holed into shoe-gaze droning.

RIP, Pete. And thanks for all the music. At least that will live on.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Anodize DB on November 15, 2012, 01:18:41 PM
Though I'm still reeling from this news, I've decided to share a few small insights.

I was a relatively early collector & follower of FAX/Namlook (around mid 90s) and can say that I have at least 95% of the catalog, other than a few original editions that were missed (mostly because of the lack of distribution here in the US for the label).

Of course, trying to procure original releases of, say, "Air I" or "Shades of Orion I" has only been possible if you wanted to make a car payment to obtain them (and all those dealers's sense of economic logic is woefully misplaced), and, I hate to say, now that Pete is gone many of those original versions will only be affordable if you already own real estate in Dubai.

I had some general (if light) correspondence with Pete during the publication years (90s-00s) of my magazines "i/e" & "e/i", and although I was never able to get to know him that well, he was generous, forthcoming with information, fiercely focused, and always willing to spread his own unique idiom of electronic music.

So, like most musicians/artists, ultimately history has the work to savor, enjoy, critique, dissect, etc. Thankfully his legacy arose during a time when hard media was in its heyday and the physical artifacts holding his sounds can continue to be relished.

Naturally this does little in the way of amending this ineffably sad news, but my duo, Groupthink, performing tonight in New York City, is dedicating its set in honor & to the wondrous memory of Mr. N.

Onward...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on November 15, 2012, 02:07:34 PM
Well said, although I am less sad about the collector editions than the future masterpieces that could have been, and of course for his daughter Fabia (who helped with the website, www.namlook.de (http://www.namlook.de), and his spouse and other child (who I think is only a couple years old now), and other immediate family members left behind.  I wonder how the legacy will be carried on business-wise once the family is ready to tackle that, if at all.  Still reeling from the shock...   
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: hdibrell on November 15, 2012, 02:31:29 PM
It is sad. For those interested in music on the FAX label, a lot of it is available for download at emusic.com.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: APK on November 15, 2012, 05:55:27 PM

Pete Namlook's Slice (Part 1) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv3iD86hSpc#ws)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Juta Takahashi on November 15, 2012, 06:41:44 PM
Sad news indeed.

Without doubt, he was one of the maestri of electronic/ambient music. I have to say I love his music very much and have been enormously influenced by it. On the other hand, I've been encouraged by his success as an independent musician and a producer. I feel I've lost a pillar of supportÖ

Thank you so much, Pete.
RIP
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Scott M2 on November 15, 2012, 06:49:12 PM
So young! While his body of work is immense - he clearly had much more to offer. RIP
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: jdh on November 15, 2012, 11:12:58 PM
Just read this. Complete surprise,beyond words. I was a big collector from the early days of 1993 until about 2000.Have well over 100,many of those first editions such as Air 1 or Broadway series. I never was interested in selling them though I had offers. This was my introduction in some ways to the new school of ambient. I already had Eno and Budd and so on but something about the early 90s was exciting. With FSOL,Orb,IDM,etc... His catalogue,packaging,limited editions,solo and partnerships,and independent artists,all on FAX.It was not always brilliant music but it was different.
I am very saddened by this and have to say,I feel that much older and I will miss his shining spirit.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: jdh on November 16, 2012, 12:08:24 AM
Further,there is a great 2 part interview each 10 minutes on You Tube about Peter.
Key in Pete Namlook's slice. Got it through Pitchfork.
We will miss you.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on November 16, 2012, 02:12:16 AM
That's a great video, from Slices music magazine.  I have this on Dvd, in fact Pete sent it to me with an order from him through Discogs.  Here you'll learn he was never influenced by Eno's ambient stuff, he didn't hear it until quite a ways into his career...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: LNerell on November 16, 2012, 11:48:48 AM
Very shocked to hear this to say the least, especially since it appears we are almost the exact same age.  :o That kind of brings it home.  :(

I enjoyed some of his music as well as other artists he released on his various labels over the years, he brought a lot to the ambient table. I never talked with him so I can't say that I really knew him, but I always felt we were kindred spirits and he was always on my short list of people I would like to meet in this genre.  He will be missed.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: darkenedsoul on November 16, 2012, 10:54:11 PM
WOW, sad to hear, and so young....he is what I will be in < 2 wks for age....I better eat my veggies! j/k. Sad news indeed and I am sure he will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Altus on November 18, 2012, 06:40:02 AM
I have to admit, I came to Faxlabel ambient rather late. I discovered it through a Shoutcast server in '98 called J's Ambient
This is exactly how I discovered his work as well. His work was a huge inspiration and definitely part of my shift toward writing ambient music.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: sraymar on November 18, 2012, 10:23:08 PM
Too bad he went so early. Although I've never heard of him I liked what he was up to in the first video and I really like watching him drive along in that red Triumph TR3. I had a baby sitter that would drive me to school in one exactly like that when I was a kid in the early 60s with the top down. I'll have to check out more of his work now.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on November 19, 2012, 01:52:15 PM
Only thing I could find so far about cause of death was something about an "undiagnosed heart-related complaint" so it seems as though Peter died in his sleep of a heart attack.  I believe the family will still be releasing further statements.  I've been playing a lot of Fax discs lately of course.  Still in shock.  Still really hurts as it's like losing a good friend.  His music was definitely the soundtrack to my life for many years.  I hope there will be some tribute opportunities for the fans to reach out to each other and share their condolences with the family and their thoughts about PN.  I think he was significant not only for the quality of his musical genius, but the innovative way he ran his indepedent label, without promotion and with total control and integrity all these years.     
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on December 10, 2012, 01:37:02 PM
There's a nice tribute block/photo of Peter up now at the Fax USA/distributor site, www.ear-rational.com (http://www.ear-rational.com), if anyone is interested. 
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on January 30, 2013, 11:25:50 AM
I wonder what happened to any follow up after his daughter made the announcement to the press back in November?  She stated more info. would be forthcoming, but there has been nothing.  The website has remained untouched/not updated (the daughter created the website, I believe) since November.  Though it's pretty clear heart attack was the cause of death, I am hoping to hear something more.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Antdude on April 30, 2014, 04:36:54 PM
I thought this was important enough to post here since I hadnít heard much new information since Pete passed away.

Today, I finally received  a copy of Electro-Harmonix by Tetsu Inoue and Jonah Sharp. Itís always been one of my favorite Fax releases and since it was limited to 500 in its initial release in 1994(!), I was fortunate to find a copy of the Ambient World sublabel reissue from a German retailer.

Included in the package with the disc was a note from Peteís daughter, Fabia:

As it is not easy, in times of pain, to find the right words, it took me a while to be in the right place to write this, so I thank you for your patience.

Peter Kuhlmann aka Pete Namlook (25.11.1960 - 08.11.2012) died within seconds of a heart attack but will live on in our hearts forever. His fast and unexpected death left us with his soul, living on in his music. His vision gave everyone around him strength and he was not only a composer, he was an Idealist counsellor for his friends as well.

Fax Records was founded by Pete Namlook in 1992 and after 20 years of existence, there will be a change. As I was neither in the financial or musical position to pursue his heritage, things still have to be figured out. To buy music now, you can contact Michael Zosel: zosel@t-online.de

I want to thank everyone for making the pain easier by sharing their grief. It feels good to know that he wonít be forgotten by so many people from different cultures and origins.

I thank everyone who wrote moving words to lighten the pain as I could not respond to everyone of you individually.

To the heart of our nearest star,
Fabia Kuhlmann

This was the first follow-up news Iíd heard about his family and the possible future of Fax since Peteís passing and I thought this might be some help to others who were fans.

The main Fax website is still up and running, although I donít think any purchases can be made through it, but the Fax catalog is still available on emusic.com and on iTunes. In addition, Dave at Ear Rationalís Carpe Sonum label offers a Pete Namlook tribute album through Bandcamp here: http://namlooktribute.bandcamp.com/album/die-welt-ist-klang-a-tribute-to-pete-namlook (http://namlooktribute.bandcamp.com/album/die-welt-ist-klang-a-tribute-to-pete-namlook)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Joe R on May 04, 2014, 10:25:20 AM
I've heard his name a thousand times, but I have never heard his music. If you had to assemble a Pete Namlook "starter kit" of music, what would you include? I'm thinking of dipping in...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on May 04, 2014, 11:59:51 AM
I would investigate the following series of Namlook releases:

Shades of Orion
2350 Broadway
Psychonavigation
Outland
Dreamfish
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Joe R on May 04, 2014, 12:24:21 PM
Thanks, drone on. The sheer volume of releases is overwhelming, so it's helpful to have a few suggestions.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on May 04, 2014, 12:59:43 PM
I would also thoroughly recommend

Shades of Orion series
2350 Broadway series
Psychonavigation series
and Dreamfish.

I have still to check out "outland" myself.

I would also say getting hold of.......Silence V and 62 Eulengasse is an absolute must. They are ambient masterpieces.

I have all the Carpe Sonum releases to date and have been very impressed with the quality. They have a good few releases pending. I am awaiting my "Die Welt Ist Klang" 8 CD box
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Castleview on May 04, 2014, 05:05:34 PM
The first Shades Of Orion album is awesome. I also like Outland 2 and Psychonavigation but I haven't heard much else besides those three albums.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on May 04, 2014, 07:49:33 PM
Yeah, Outland 2 is great, best of the whole series.  Shades of Orion 2 and 3 are way better than the first one, so you should check those out.  I am also awaiting my Namlook tribute box.  Should be another month though for that as I preordered late last year.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Joe R on May 04, 2014, 08:08:51 PM
Again, thanks for the suggestions, everybody. Outlands 1 sounded fantastic, and so did Dreamfish, especially the last track. I'll have to check out Outlands 2, and the others.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Antdude on May 05, 2014, 01:47:29 AM
I'd also recommend the Air or Silence series, as well.

I think they were both up to five releases in each one, and encompassed many differing musical journeys on each disc. As you mentioned, there is so much material to cover, it's hard to know where to start.

If you can find it, I'd also recommend "The Ambient Cookbook" Vols. 1 or 2. They were nice compilations of material by Namlook and some of the other Fax artists, put together into a very good mix. I think there are some Pete Namlook tributes on Youtube that showcase those collections.

Good luck. I hope you find some new favorites. It looks like there are enough Fax fans here that we can help if you have more questions.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on May 05, 2014, 05:50:45 AM
The Air series is also pure class. I bought the MP3 collection FAX disc version of this. All five albums for a very reasonable price. Worth getting some FAX music on these MP3 discs as you get the whole series for low pounds/dollars .

I also have to mention two of my favourite more recent FAX favourites.

Namlook/Moufang XX - Taygete. An epic trip through space and new worlds. Utterly mesmerising.

Namlook XX1 -Subconscious Worlds - This is in my top 5 FAX. A great mix of ambient and real FAX tunes. I am just back from a trip to Hamburg and listened to this whilst exploring the Haubtbanhoff station and environs. Surreal and epic experience.

(http://www.2350.org/pk181/artwork.jpg)

If you listen to this disc in DTS surround mode it will blow your mind  :)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: SunDummy on May 05, 2014, 10:36:05 AM
I'm a huge fan of the "Labyrinth" series he did with Lorenzo Montana.  Five releases, all fantastic.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Joe R on May 06, 2014, 03:20:39 PM
Psychonavigation sounds great as well, especially that first, lengthy track- deep, dark, and hypnotic...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: DeepR on May 09, 2014, 06:36:22 AM
Definitely check out Psychonavigation 2 as well. It's my favorite from the series.
And let's not forget the Dark Side of the Moog series!
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on May 19, 2014, 04:33:38 AM
I'm a huge fan of the "Labyrinth" series he did with Lorenzo Montana.  Five releases, all fantastic.

The Labyrinth series really is something special. Every album is wonderful.

Potentially the best series on FAX ? A few contenders for that though  8)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on June 03, 2014, 01:06:49 PM
It has arrived  8)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/s403x403/10155926_689680571095900_3770159861626225902_n.jpg)

Die Welt ist Klang - 8 CD wooden box set of FAX artists and fan contributions in tribute to the great Pete Namlook.

Possibly the best quality packaging and collection of music I have purchased in  my life. You can smell the quality of the wooden box  :)

Played the first two CDs of FAX artists, stunning. Such a fitting tribute to one of my favourite musicians of all time.

Pete would have been proud and moved by this fantastic tribute to his music and legacy.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Horizon 1982 on June 03, 2014, 07:20:04 PM
WOW, sad to hear, and so young....he is what I will be in < 2 wks for age....I better eat my veggies! j/k. Sad news indeed and I am sure he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

He ate his veggies. Actually he planted them! Pete had a farm and studio in the country. He had a really cool lifestyle...

PETE NAMLOOK (Slices Feature) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhK5qsvIwpc#ws)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on June 04, 2014, 04:31:56 AM
Pete was an extremely keen gardener. When ordering CDs from FAX we used to have a fair few conversations about our gardens and plants. He was really in touch with the environment, weather , gardening and especially vegetables !!

One of the last CDs I ordered he also sent me some of his favourite tomato seeds ( an old East German variety ). I planted them up in my greenhouse and thereafter ate them  :) DELICIOUS.

Really miss my CD orders going into FAX and communicating with Mr Namlook  :(
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Scott M2 on October 07, 2014, 09:15:47 PM
As I'm sure I've revealed before, I'm very keen on surround music.

Pete's last 30 or so albums were released as CD + DTS-surround sets and
I'm very fond of them. There's 8 albums I'm missing and I'm hoping that
some of you on the forum might be interested in selling me the DTS disc
in one or two of these albums while retaining the CD and packaging.
(Sell me the whole thing if you like.) Here's what I'm missing:

PK 08/173 - Air V - Jeux Dangereux
PK 08/182 - Dark Side of the Moog XI
PK 08/194 - Namlook XXIV - Pearl III
PK 08/196 - Move D/Namlook XXII - Stranger II

PW 50 - 2350 Broadway - 2350 Broadway 4
PW 52 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth (1)
PW 55 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 3
PW 56 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 4

My fingers are crossed. Thanks.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: LNerell on October 08, 2014, 11:53:46 AM
Scott, that's interesting, care to mention some of your favorites of his in DTS? I just last month got my surround sound setup working and am looking for more audio to listen.
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Scott M2 on October 09, 2014, 05:40:47 PM
Great to hear you have your surround active Loren. Being immersed in sound is treasure to me.

The 30ish Namlook albums I have are kind of a blur to me to recommend faves to you because I choose them somewhat randomly from their section. Last January I tried playing them in chrono-order daily with breakfast (my prime surround-sound time) while reading and the experience just left me hungry for the works. There's some sameness but they're in areas I enjoy and treat as ambient/chill while I'm reading so a 25 minute slowly evolving groove is a plus, not a minus.

The only one I know I did not enjoy was "Virtual Vices VI". The "Urban Meditation" series isn't for everyone (industrial ambient?) but you might want to try one. I recall enjoying the last (26 minute) track on "Music for Urban Meditation III (Namlook XXII) quite a bit though it's completely different from the rest of the album.

This morning I was enjoying Pearl (Namlook XXIII) so I'd recommend it. I have "Labyrinth 2 and 5" with Montana and am fond of them. The (long) series with Move D is very enjoyable if you you're cool with chilled techno grooves and voice clips. I often pull out Move D / Namlook XVII or XVIII as Lynn and I dig the feel. "Outland V" (PW 51) Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell has a much darker tone, in case that's of interest to you.

These days, unless you're up for some internet scouring, these DTS discs are getting harder to find, so you may just have to investigate what's available at a reasonable price. (Checking various Amazons (.com .ca .uk .de and 3rd party vendors) plus Discogs can turn up several options). Look for a Red DTS box in the lower left of the front cover to find the surround albums.

Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Scott M2 on October 10, 2014, 09:34:48 AM
I forgot to mention that Dave at Ear/Rational has a reasonable selection of the Namlook DTS albums for sale at reasonable prices:

http://www.ear-rational.com/index.php?searchparm=namlook (http://www.ear-rational.com/index.php?searchparm=namlook)
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: Wanterkeelt on October 10, 2014, 09:42:57 AM
On Discogs you should find most of them, as you mentioned. I bought mine nearly all there, some through Amazon...
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: ffcal on October 10, 2014, 09:48:25 AM
I forgot to mention that Dave at Ear/Rational has a reasonable selection of the Namlook DTS albums for sale at reasonable prices:

http://www.ear-rational.com/index.php?searchparm=namlook (http://www.ear-rational.com/index.php?searchparm=namlook)

What I admire about Dave is his efforts to keep the Namlook Tribute box in print in physical form, so that fans don't have to pay collector's prices for it.  It's a really nice box and much of the music is good, too.

Forrest
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on October 10, 2014, 03:52:45 PM
Ha!  I didn't like Virtual Vices VI either.

The problem with the Namlook Dts selection is that overall it was some of his weakest music.  Nothing worse than paying close to $30 for an album that kinda sucks.  ;D
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: drone on on October 10, 2014, 04:28:56 PM
By the way, my faves of the dts releases were the Move D/Namlook, my fave being "Sexoid."
Title: Re: RIP Pete Namlook
Post by: thirdsystem on October 11, 2014, 07:03:30 AM
Most of my FAX albums were purchased on download (and we are talking a lot of albums here  :) ) I have only purchased my favourites on CD/DTS. Still have one or two to acquire however I would say my absolute faves are ....

(http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/2805/cover_2210213032011_r.jpg) (http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/2805/cover_5846203032011_r.jpg)


Namlook/Moufang XX Taygete..................... Namlook XXI Subconscious World

plus Namlook/Montana Labyrinth V.

All are stunning albums and in DTS surround are pure, awesomely, wonderful.


PS   Also not keen on VV6 .....Virtual Vices 4 is however the Dogz B*llox and was my first ever FAX purchase. Hooked me right in so it did  8)