Pete Namlook 1960-2012 R.I.P.

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Ambient/electronica
pioneer also helmed the influential FAX label.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Resident Advisor reports (via Pitchfork) that producer/DJ Pete Namlook (born Peter Kuhlmann)
passed away on Nov. 8 from unspecified causes at the age of 51. The electronic
composer came to fame in the early/mid ‘90s as a key mover-and-shaker of the
ambient and IDM scene, working with everyone from Bill Laswell and Tetsu Inoue
to Richie “Plastikman” Hawtin and the Higher Intelligence Agency, and issuing countless
recordings – many of them on his own German record label FAX +49-69/450464. In addition to techno’s
ambient wing, his music touched upon classic Krautrock, psychedelia, film
scores and jazz, always ambitious and forward-looking even as it drew
inspiration from the masters of yore.

 

As noted at Pitchfork, here’s a two-part Namlook documentary. That’s followed by some of his music:
the appropriately-titled “In Heaven,” an epic 39-minute track he and Hawtin
composed, and a collaboration with Bill Laswell and Tangerine Dream’s Klaus
Schulze (from the fascinating Dark Side
of the Moog
project).

 

 





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