FAX +49-69/450464

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FAX +49-69/450464 (also known as simply FAX or FAX Label[1][2]) was a German record label founded in Frankfurt[3] in 1992 by ambient musician Peter Kuhlmann[4] (who recorded as Pete Namlook, a phonetic inversion of his surname). It was originally devoted to Namlook's collaborations with other German electronic artists, primarily in hard trance and hardcore[5] styles, but soon expanded with the debut of the ambient Silence and Air projects;[1][6] consequently, ambient and downtempo music became the predominant focus of the label.[6]

Recordings[edit]

Main label[edit]

The main label had three principal subdivisions, indicated by the first two letters of a given record's catalog number.[4]

PK was typically for Namlook's solo releases.

PW ('Peter's World') was for collaborations with international artists – including Turkish folk musician Burhan Öçal as Sultan, English DJ Mixmaster Morris as Dreamfish and Japanese ambient artist Tetsu Inoue as Shades of Orion, 2350 Broadway and 62 Eulengasse.

PS ("Peter's Sublabel") released records by other artists[1][4]—without Namlook—of diverse nationalities and idioms, including US guitarist Robert Musso, bassist Bill Laswell, German techno producer David Moufang (aka Move D), and British sound artist Chris Meloche.[4]

Sub-labels[edit]

In addition to these divisions, there were three sub-labels: Yesterday & Tomorrow (YT), Ambient World (AW) and Rather Interesting (RI).

• The Yesterday & Tomorrow sub-label issued a series of albums juxtaposing ambient and the "ambient side" of classical chamber music[7] (which has been unofficially discontinued, with no releases since 1995).
Ambient World was dedicated to the re-issuing of otherwise out-of-print FAX discs, particularly those from the 1990s.[8]
Rather Interesting was a label maintained by German IDM musician Uwe Schmidt, with the vast majority of its catalog being his solo material, issued under a multitude of aliases.[1][9]

Further details[edit]

Until the creation of the Ambient World sub-label and the subsequent release of its discography on the iTunes Store,[10] all FAX records were issued in extremely limited quantities, with typically 500–1000 pressings depending on the project.[1][4] This resulted in FAX originals fetching high prices on eBay and other online auction Web sites.[1]

Label founder Pete Namlook died of a heart attack on 8 November 2012,[11] although no official statement regarding the label's future was ever made.[12][13][14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f barcodexl. "Peter Namlook Interview". Barcodezine.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ "FAX +49-69/450464". Music.hyperreal.org. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Pete Namlook Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Fax +49-69/450464 – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  5. ^ "FAX +49-69/450464". Music.hyperreal.org. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Information about FAX +49-69/450464". Music.hyperreal.org. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Yesterday & Tomorrow – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Ambient World – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Rather Interesting—CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ "FAX +49-69/450464". Namlook.de. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  11. ^ http://nmlkfax.blogspot.nl/2013/07/pete-namlook-official-statement.html
  12. ^ German synth pioneer Pete Namlook passes away | MusicRadar
  13. ^ RA News: RIP Pete Namlook
  14. ^ R.I.P. Pete Namlook – Stereogum