Posted in dance | music on November 15, 2012

Pete Namlook

Esteemed German producer Pete Namlook has died of as-yet unknown causes.

The man born Peter Kuhlmann ("Namlook" is his name pronounced backwards) was an incredibly prolific artist from the '90s on, releasing some 130 albums over the course of his career. These included numerous collaborations with artists like Richie Hawtin, Uwe Schmidt (as Atom Hart), Biosphere and Move D among many others. He also ran his own label, FAX +49-69/450464 (often known simply as Fax), which released more than 100 CDs and records in its first year of operation. Working on his own, Kuhlmann's style was heavily influenced by Germany's kosmische tradition and artists like Brian Eno, as well as classical and Eastern music.

Kuhlmann's daughter Fabia released this brief statement to RA earlier today: "It is with much grief that we announce the passing of Peter Kuhlmann, AKA Pete Namlook. We are still shocked and are working on an official announcement that will follow soon to bring clarity to our minds. As word spreads on the internet more and more we just want to make clear that he died peacefully from as yet unspecified causes on 8th November 2012. We will announce more details as and when they surface."
[Resident Advisor]

Pete was 52 years old. Rest In Peace Pete.

Some songs below...

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Biosphere & Pete Namlook - Sky Lounge

Pete Namlook & Richie Hawtin - Future Surfacing (What Lies Ahead)

Pete Namlook's Escape "Escape To Earth"

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Tags: Pete Namlook, RIP

Comments (8)

would REALLY like some confirmation on this outside of a story on RA of all things. (no, wikipedia doesn't count)

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:00 AM

Holy crap, I used to worship this guy. He was prolific in the early 90's. He had so many great releases.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:22 PM

Definitely prolific.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:48 PM

RIP Pete. Thank you for the great music. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time

Posted by Malamute Dad | November 15, 2012 8:43 PM

I'm heartbroken. One of the most innovative and prolific creative minds, and a great inspiration to me.

Posted by Novachild | November 15, 2012 11:34 PM

I just can't believe it... Do you know what happened?

Posted by traducere | November 16, 2012 2:17 AM

@ Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:00 AM.

It's not a "story on RA".


"Kuhlmann's daughter Fabia released this brief statement to RA earlier today: "It is with much grief that we announce the passing of Peter Kuhlmann, AKA Pete Namlook. We are still shocked and are working on an official announcement that will follow soon to bring clarity to our minds. As word spreads on the internet more and more we just want to make clear that he died peacefully from as yet unspecified causes on 8th November 2012. We will announce more details as and when they surface.""


Also, Material Object (aka Andre Ruello), announced Pete's passing on Discogs' FAX discussion group.

"As a musical collaborator, a label associate having done the label art since 1999 and as a friend it is with an extremely heavy heart that i post here about Namlook's death.
The exact cause of which is still unknown but we know he died peacefully and didn't suffer.
For all fans who may be waiting on mail order packages, artists who were in touch with Pete or anyone else who had business with the label, please allow us some time to gather Pete's affairs and someone will be in touch with you soon.
I will post more info to this forum as and when it comes to hand
Thank you.
Andre Ruello"


R.I.P. Pete

Enjoy the Silence

Posted by silence | November 16, 2012 11:02 AM

Only 50 years old. that is too young.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 6, 2013 11:23 AM

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