Pete Namlook

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Pete Namlook
Birth namePeter Kuhlmann
Born(1960-11-25)November 25, 1960
OriginFrankfurt, West Germany
DiedNovember 8, 2012(2012-11-08) (aged 51)
GenresAmbient, electronic, techno
Occupation(s)Producer, Composer
LabelsFAX +49-69/450464

Pete Namlook (born 25 November 1960 as Peter Kuhlmann [ˈkuːlmaːn] in Frankfurt, West Germany, died on 8 November 2012[1]) was an ambient and electronic music producer and composer. In 1992, he founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464, which he oversaw. He was inspired by the music of Eberhard Weber, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chopin, Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, and most importantly Klaus Schulze.

Pete Namlook released many solo albums, as well as collaboration albums with notable artists such as Klaus Schulze, Bill Laswell, Geir Jenssen (Biosphere), Gaudi, Richie Hawtin, Tetsu Inoue, Uwe Schmidt (Atom™), Amir Abadi (Dr. Atmo), and David Moufang (Move D).

By August 2005, Namlook and collaborators had released 135 albums (excluding re-releases, vinyl singles, compilations of existing material, and FAX releases beginning with PS, in which he personally was not involved in the music making).[citation needed]

"Namlook" is "Koolman", a phonetic rendering of his real name, spelled backwards.

Kuhlmann died on 8 November 2012 after suffering a heart attack.[2][3]


These are all of Namlook's project series on the FAX label, with the number of albums in each series. For one-shot albums, the title is given without a number after it.

(Note: These are only the CD releases. Vinyl singles and EPs are not included. There are no full-length LPs on FAX.)

  • 4Voice (3 releases; 4Voice with Maik Maurice as "arrangement assistant" on two tracks; 4Voice III with Marc Romboy on one track)
  • Air (5 releases)
  • Atom
  • Electronic Music Center
  • Music for Ballet
  • Namlook (25 releases)
  • Season's Greetings (4 releases; 1 compilation titled The Four Seasons)
  • Silence (3 releases of 5 total; first two are with Dr. Atmo)
  • Syn (2 releases)
  • Music for Babies
with Dr. Atmo
  • Escape
  • Silence (2 releases of 5 total; latter three are Namlook solo)
with Atom Heart
  • Jet Chamber (5 releases)
with Karl Berger
  • Polytime
with Dandy Jack
  • Amp (2 releases)
  • Silent Music
with Gaudi
  • Re:sonate
with DJ Brainwave
  • Limelight
with DJ Criss
  • Deltraxx
  • Sequential (one track is Namlook with Tetsu Inoue, not DJ Criss)
with DJ Dag
  • Adlernebel
with Pascal F.E.O.S.
  • Hearts of Space
  • Minimalistic Source
with Rob Gordon
  • Ozoona
with Robert Görl
  • Elektro (2 releases)
with Richie Hawtin
  • From Within (3 releases)
with Hubertus Held
  • Pete Namlook/Hubertus Held
with Higher Intelligence Agency
  • S.H.A.D.O (2 releases)
with Tetsu Inoue
  • 62 Eulengasse
  • 2350 Broadway (4 releases)
  • Sequential (only one track)
  • Shades of Orion (3 releases)
  • Time²
with Geir Jenssen
  • The Fires of Ork (2 releases)
with Bill Laswell
  • The Dark Side of the Moog (4 releases of 11 total also with Klaus Schulze; other seven are only Namlook and Schulze)
  • Outland Series: 1, 2, 3, IV, 5
  • Psychonavigation Series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
with Mixmaster Morris
  • Dreamfish (2 releases)
with David Moufang
  • Koolfang (3 releases)
  • Move D / Namlook (23 releases)
with New Composers
  • Planetarium (2 releases)
  • Russian Spring
with Burhan Öçal
  • Sultan (3 releases)
with Jochem Paap
  • pp-nmlk
with Peter Prochir
  • Miles Apart
  • Possible Gardens
with Ludwig Rehberg
  • The Putney (2 releases)
with Robert Sattler
  • Kooler
with Klaus Schulze
  • The Dark Side of the Moog (11 releases)
with Jonah Sharp
  • Alien Community (2 releases)
  • Wechselspannung (2 releases)
with Wolfram Spyra
  • Virtual Vices (6 releases)
with Steve Stoll
  • Hemisphere
with Charles Uzzell-Edwards
  • A New Consciousness (2 releases)
  • Create (2 releases)
with Lorenzo Montanà
  • Labyrinth (5 releases)

Yesterday & Tomorrow[edit]

This was a short-lived sub-label of FAX that was created to showcase a more classical side of ambient music. On these releases he goes by Peter Kuhlmann, his real name, rather than Pete Namlook.

  • Passion, with Jürgen Rehberg
  • Wandering Soul, with Alban Gerhardt
  • The Sunken Road, with Jürgen Rehberg and Lucia Mense

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lynch, Will (2012-11-15). "RIP Pete Namlook". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  2. ^ Fuller, Terrence (2013-07-26). "Pete Namlook's family releases official statement on his death". Resident Advisor. Archived from the original on 15 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  3. ^ "Fabia Kuhlmann Relates Circumstances of Father's Death". Archived from the original on 23 October 2013.

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