Pete Namlook


Real Name: Peter Kuhlmann

Location: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, DE

Profile: Peter Namlook is one of the most influential figures of electronic and ambient music in the 1990s. Inspired by Oskar Sala, one of the pioneers of electronic music, Namlook focused on the untapped potential of analogue synthesizers, often developed or extended in his laboratory.

Freshly educated in composition from Goethe University, Pete Namlook (Pete Kuhlmann) started his career in Frankfurt playing in the electronic ensemble Romantic Warrior that was loosely part of the new age and electronic scene. They cut Romantic Warrior (Frog, 1985), Himalaya (Frog, 1986), Planet (Blue Flame, 1988).

In 1991 he began a second life as a disc jockey playing techno music under the moniker Sequential.

The single True Colours changed his career and a good chunk of modern music. Kuhlmann assumed the identity of Pete Namlook, opened his own Fax label and made his first album, Silence (Fax, 1992), a collaboration with Dr Atmo (and one of the first albums released only on compact disc).

Namlook understood that producing was more important than recording and he set out to discover, encourage and promote music by ambient electronic artists. During the first year alone, his label released over 100 records and CDs. The label name refers to the "fax" as a medium for fast and cheap distribution of ideas. Its humble weekly releases are equivalent to sending a fax to a group of friends.



His double albums are containers of lengthy ambient suites reminiscent of Germany's kosmische school of the 1970s and of Brian Eno's late 1970s "discreet" music, but also influenced by his two true love: eastern and classical music. No musical genre was a direct influence, though: Namlook has always claimed that Nature was his main teacher

Sites: namlook.de, MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm, Wikipedia

Aliases: Air, Electronic Music Center, PEK, Peter Kuhlmann, Romantic Warrior, Sam Pels, Silence, Syn

Labels: Fax +49-69/450464, Ada Müzik, Universal Music, EmArcy, Doublemoon, Marc et Claude's, Macro, Rising High Records,

Albums

Namlook II (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1993
Namlook (CD, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1993
Namlook IV (CD, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook III (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Seasons Greetings - Winter (CD, Album, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook VI (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Music For Ballet (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook V (CD, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook VIII + IX (2xCD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook VII (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Seasons Greetings - Autumn (CD, Album, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Seasons Greetings - Spring (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1994
Namlook X (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1995
Seasons Greetings - Summer (CD, Album, Ltd, Mixed) Fax +49-69/450464 1995
Atom ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 1996
The 4 Seasons (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1996
Namlook XI (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1996
Higher Intelligence Agency* / Pete Namlook - S.H.A.D.O ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 1997
Burhan Öçal & Pete Namlook - Sultan (CD, Album, RP) Ada Müzik 1997
Namlook XII (CD, Ltd, Album) Fax +49-69/450464 1997
Pete Namlook & Hubertus Held - Pete Namlook / Hubertus Held (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1997
Lakoff* / Igr Ver* & Pete Namlook - Planetarium ◄ (3 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 1998
Namlook XIII - License To Chill (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1998
Higher Intelligence Agency, The / Pete Namlook - S.H.A.D.O 2 ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 1999
Namlook XIV - Solarized ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 1999
Namlook XV - Free Your Mind (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1999
New Composers & Pete Namlook - Planetarium 2 (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1999
Burhan Öçal / Pete Namlook - Sultan Osman (CD, Album, RE, Dig) Universal Music (Turkey), EmArcy 2001
Namlook XVII - New Organic Life II (CD, Ltd, Album) Fax +49-69/450464 2001
Namlook XVI - New Organic Life (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2001
Namlook XVIII - New Organic Life III (CD, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2002
Burhan Öçal - Pete Namlook - Sultan Orhan ◄ (2 versions) Doublemoon 2004
Pete Namlook & Jochem Paap - pp • nmlk (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2004
Namlook XIX - Music For Urban Meditation (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2004
Pete Namlook & New Composers - Russian Spring ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 2005
Pete Namlook & Gaudi - Re:sonate (CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2006
Namlook XX - Music For Urban Meditation II (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2007
Namlook XXI: Subconscious Worlds (CD, Album, Ltd, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2008
Music For Babies ◄ (2 versions) Fax +49-69/450464 2009
Namlook XXIII - Pearl (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2009
Namlook XXII - Music For Urban Meditation III (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Multichannel, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2009
Namlook* • Le Mar* - Namlook • Le Mar (CD, Ltd, Album + CD, Ltd, Album, Multichannel, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2009
Namlook XXIII - Pearl II (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2010
Namlook XXIV - Pearl III (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2010
Namlook XXV - Permutations (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Multichannel, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2010
Namlook* • Montanà* - Labyrinth (CD, Multichannel, Album, Ltd, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2010
Pete Namlook + Material Object - Elektronik (CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2011
Namlook* • Montanà* - Labyrinth 3 (CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2011
Namlook* • Montanà* - Labyrinth 4 (CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2011
Namlook XXVI • Pearl IV (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2011
Namlook* • Montanà* - Labyrinth 2 (CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2011
Namlook XXVII - Music For Urban Meditation IV (CD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2012
Pete Namlook & Material Object - Elektronik II (CD, Album, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS + CD, Album, Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 2012

Singles & EPs

Atom (12", Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1996
Pete Namlook & Hubertus Held - Pete Namlook / Hubertus Held (12", Ltd) Fax +49-69/450464 1997
Higher Intelligence Agency, The / Pete Namlook - S.H.A.D.O EP (12", Ltd, EP) Fax +49-69/450464 1997
Pete Namlook vs. Marc Romboy - The Space Driver (12") Marc et Claude's 1999
Subharmonic Atoms (12") Macro 2008

Compilations

The Definitive Ambient Collection ◄ (2 versions) Rising High Records 1993
The Definitive Ambient Collection - Volume 2 (CD, Comp) Rising High Records 1994
A View To A Chill (CD, Ltd, Comp) Fax +49-69/450464 2001
The Namlook Collection I (CD-ROM, Comp, Ltd, MP3) Fax +49-69/450464 2003
The Four Seasons Collection (CD-ROM, Ltd, Comp, MP3) Fax +49-69/450464 2006
The Namlook Collection II (CD-ROM, Comp, Ltd, MP3) Fax +49-69/450464 2008
Pete Namlook & Various - The Ambient Gardener · Summer (CD, Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2012
Pete Namlook & Various - The Ambient Gardener · Autumn (CD, Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp, Ltd, Multichannel, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2012
Pete Namlook & Various - The Ambient Gardener · Spring (CD, Ltd, Comp + CD, Ltd, Multichannel, Comp, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2012
Pete Namlook & Various - The Ambient Gardener · Winter (CD, Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp, Multichannel, Ltd, DTS) Fax +49-69/450464 2012
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