Category: World


It will soon be 3 years as Peter has left us… way too soon… but his work lives on forever… Here are some of my favorite pieces made by him.

If you know his music, you will enjoy, if you don`t, you are about to discover another world…

Shades of Orion 2 – Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue (1995)

From the Earth to the Ceiling – Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell (Outland, 1994)

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Tangent

Travelling Without Moving Part 2 – Pete Namlook (Air 2)

Into the desert – Pete Namlook (Silence III, 1998)

Happiness – Pete Namlook (Air V – Jeux Dangereux)

Sphäre II – Pete Namlook (Raumland Sphäre)

Exploration I – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Move D) – (Raumland Exploration 2007)

Footer – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Live In Heidelberg 2001)

May there be May – Pete Namlook and David Moufang / Move D – The Audiolounge (2000)

Coda – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Exploring the Psychedelic Landscape, 1996)

 

This is far from all that he made, much more can be found on my youtube channel:

Enjoy…

Thank you all

There are many persons, movies, bands that influenced my life, and here are some of them:

Adrian Edmondson – Bottom
Rik Mayall – Bottom, the New Statesman
Muhammad Ali
Bruce Campbell
Arnold Schwartzenegger
Bill Laswell
Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne
Blade Runner
Bubba Ho-Tep
Once upon a time in the west
Conan the Barbarian
Das Boot
Dire Straits
Donnie Darko
Dr. Strangelove
Dune
Eddie Money
Ennio Morricone
Fantomas
Faith no More
Mike Patton
Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jimi Hendrix
Korn
Kraftwerk
Led Zeppelin
Monty Python
Predator
Jesse Ventura
Richard Pryor
Trainspotting

But my post would not be complete without a large, high quality wallpaper collection of all of them:

Pete Namlook (born in Frankfurt, Germany) is an ambient and electronic music producer and composer. In 1992, he founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464, which he masterminds…

This interview was made for Chillbase.org portal.
Once upon a time there was a boy named Peter that was not creating fabulous music, how did he start doing it, what was the main “trigger”?

Listening to music actively from the start of my existence on. Great music from all kind of sources and styles was my trigger… the trigger to create my own definition of sound and music.

As everyone of us did, guess you also listened to all sorts of music (and are listening still), but for who would you say that had most of the influence on you? What were/are your favorite bands/musicians?

J.S.Bach, Eberhard Weber, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chopin, Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, and a lot more

After some time in electronic music, you founded your own label company with curious name, can you tell us why such a name for label, and are you releasing only your music, or are you releasing other peoples music too?

The FAX machine was in the beginning of the 90ies a very innovative way to communicate. 😉 The internet was not as omnipresent as it is today… as I did not want to spoil my artwork with too many contact adresses etc. I simply named my label after my FAXnumber. This way it was obvious for licensing partners, musicians and fans how to contact me.
Of course on FAX there are a lot of different artists… please have a look on http://namlook.de

You are producing music for a long time now, and you have released many albums. How many are there?

About 440 releases including FAX +49-69/450464, Yesterday + Tomorrow, Rather Interesting not counting the reissues on my “world” label (57 reissues)

And how come there is so many of them?

Because I love creating and releasing music…

Can you describe us your working place, where do you create your music, and with out what you can not work?

My working space is on the highest floor of my house on the top of a hill … on the left I have a view into the forest.. on the right over fields and hills to the horizon. In front of me are my computer screens and I am surrounded by my mixer and a lot of sound sources including all my favourite Synths and Guitars.

Except from creating music, how do you spend your days, what makes you happy, what do you enjoy the most?

I do enjoy my family most and being very nature oriented and very keen on best possible food I am into gardening a lot. Also cutting wood from time to time when needed.

You put allot of yourself in your music.. when listening to your tracks, listener can actually feel what you were feeling… what gives you so much inspiration to be able to perfectly transform things from your head into the music you make?

Life is my main inspiration with all its complex and different facets… in its past, present and future form. Transforming feelings into music is very complex and very easy at the same time… one only has to let go from being “the best keyboard, guitar etc… player in the world” … simply learn everything about music that you can and then just play. When making music becomes as easy as breathing in and out it is easy to create whatever you like but it can only be performed with a lot of experience and I try to improve my sound and music with every composition.

You had many collaborations with many famous artists and there is special aura around every one of those collaborations… two or more mind in one track… do you prefer working alone or with someone else?

Both is nice… there is no preference

Is there any artist in the world that you would like to collaborate with, but you were not able to?

Oskar Sala … he died before we had the chance to collaborate (that we would collaborate was his wish but there was not enough time left)

If you HAD to chose something else than making music, what would it be, what would you do in your life?

to die !!… *laughs* … not really:

Making music is only a part of my daily work … a lot of office and creative work that comes with running a label, running a studio etc.
But I could do a lot of other things if I had to stop making music… I have quite some experience in a lot of different fields like banking, craftsmanship, gardening etc…
I would do everything that I do with my whole heart and try to do a great job. From my point of view: If you don’t do what you do with full dedication life becomes futile.
The question is not only what you do… but how you do it.
Perhaps handing over my knowledge in “creating music and how to release it” to students at a university would be the next logical step.

PC or MAC?

Both… Mac for creation PC for mastering.

What is your favorite piece of hardware in your studio?

This depends on the music to be performed… and cannot be answered in general
Every piece of equipment in my current studio has its place.

Time is passing by us very fast and everybody is trying to plan something in their lives. What are your plans for the future?

Improve my work until I die.

Thank you Pete!

Into the desert – Pete Namlook (Silence III, 1998)

Footer – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Live In Heidelberg 2001)

Keeper of the purple twilight – Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell (Outland 3, 1998)

Secretary – Pete Namlook & Atom Heart (3, 1993)

Exploration I – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Move D) – (Raumland Exploration 2007)

Exploration II – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Move D) – (Raumland Exploration 2007)

Exploration III – Pete Namlook & David Moufang (Move D) – (Raumland Exploration 2007)

Sphäre II – Pete Namlook (Raumland Sphäre)

Lost in Passion – Pete Namlook (Air I, 1993)

Minimalistic Overchill – Pete Namlook (Minimalistic Source)

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Wired – Wear your love out

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Wired – Asymptote

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Wired – Hypoteneuse

Pete Namlook – A Long And Perilous Voyage (Part 3 & 4)

Pete Namlook – Sky Lounge (Fires of Ork)

Pete Namlook – Picnic (Silence V – 2001)

Pete Namlook & Jochem Paap – ntr t nw wrld (pp • nmlk – 2004)

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Flexdollars (Home Shopping)

Pete Namlook & Geir Jensenn – In Heaven (Fires of Ork II)

Pete Namlook & David Moufang – Tangent

And again, one nice collection of high resolution wallpapers… todays theme are animals, enjoy.

I recently discovered one crazy South African band called Die Antwoord… three of them, totally crazy, unique, and don`t give a shit about anything!

Check them out 😉

This time lets look at some old classics… If you missed them somehow, don`t repeat that mistake now!

6. Das Boot (1981, Director:Wolfgang Petersen , Main character: Jürgen Prochnow)

I can remember that I was just a little kid when I first watched this movie on TV, and I know I cried like a baby… And many years after that I remembered it, and had to watch it… and it was all the same.

There aren`t many movies that can pull you inside with their story, that you really think that those characters involved are real. Das Boot is one of them.

As you could have already guessed, it is a German movie about German submarine crew during World War II. About their struggle to stay alive in all of that chaos that others started, and they were just following their orders, like all of military personel did during war time.

But I have to warn you right away, when you watch this movie, remember to breathe, `cause most of the time you will be no that submarine, waiting… listening to see what will happen.

7. Once upon a time in the west (1968, Director: Sergio Leone, Main characters: Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards)

Best western of all times! And made by Italian director who even did not know English language, but he knew his movies, and made a masterpiece with this one.

I have seen many silly westerns with white guys painted to look like bad old indians and such stupid stuff, but this isn`t like that, this is a all time western classic. Base of the movie isn`t on the west itself, or indians… it is a human story, about revenge, good and bad, money and honesty.

All of the characters in this movie are really unique… OK, Claudia Cardinale looks like my dream woman … but, enough of that 🙂

Great deal of movies atmosphere is achieved with one of the best soundtracks ever made… Ennio Moriccone once more showing what a genius he is.

8. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Director: Stanley Kubrick, Main Characters: Peter Sellers)

I guess that everybody has a movie that, when it crosses your mind, makes you laugh… Dr. Strangelove is one of them to me.

If you ever wanted to see a truly crazy movie with some of the best ever acting, you must not miss this one. Yes, it is old, but it is still a perfect movie that has a huuuuge fan base.

In time of nuclear threats from Russia and America, many things could have gone wrong, and they did, in Dr. Strangelove… and it went wrong in the silly way… main reason were bodily fluids 🙂

But maybe the greatest thing about this movie is performance of Peter Selers who plays three totally different characters, and you will not even recognize his at first. And he does it so so good 🙂 This little short from the film will tell you much more than I can.

Everybody who likes to watch a good movie has his personal favorites, movies that he has to have in his collection … and these are the movies that I watched for million times and will watch them again and again.

In case you did not watch some of these movies, trust me, you have to 😉
And yes… this is not a top list or reviews, just a random list with my comments on the movies and reasons why you have to watch them 😉 I`ll post 5 movies at a time… so, subscribe and wait for more 😉

1. Moon (2009, Director: Duncan Jones, Main character: Sam Rockwell)

As I`m writing this, Moon soundtrack is playing, and I can see Sam on the moon, all by himself… or is he?

One of the rare new sci-fi movies that doesn`t use CGI to be sci-fi… it is based on one really heart touching human story of Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), stranded all by him self on the moon, on his three year long job in Lunar Industries, where he is in charge of managing the harvesters that supply earth with new kind of energy.

Sam Rockwell was always one of my favorite actors… silly, crazy, funny, smart… he can be anything… and he showed here what a great actor he is. Beside him, Duncan Jones made a fantastic story, that will make you wonder… make you feel like Sam Bell, maybe it will even make you cry… but you will end up loving Sam Bell and when the movie finishes… you will have your head full of Moon, Sam, life, meaning …. I AM SAM BELL!

One more thing I must point out is soundtrack by Clint Mansell. Some say it is to repetitive, but it perfectly fits Sam Bell character and situation he is in… a must have 😉

2. The Thing (1982, Director: John Carpenter, Main character: Kurt Russell)

If you are afraid of the dark… afraid of real horror film, you have to watch The Thing and wet your pants!

An old time classic horror movie that is what it should be, really scary movie! Carpenter at his best if you ask me… combined with chilling Arctic setting… nothing nowhere for hundreds of miles, just 12 men and something else that haunts them … until all of them are gone…

This movie was made in 1982, but effects are still great, and one of my personaly best things in the movie… lightning, intesity of every situation … who is who … who is the Thing and who is not… uh, chills running down my spine 🙂
Even if you are not a great fan of horror movies, I recommend you to watch this one, `cause story is intense, there are some really great moments… and Ennio Morricone made a really chilling sountrack.

I think that one of my favorite scenes from The Thing could show you what is a real horror movie… and make you watch the whole thing:

3. Donnie Darko (2001, Director: Richard Kelly, Main character: Jake Gyllenhaal)

Donnie Darko … watched it really many times… and can watch it again when ever I get a chance… When you get totally connected to the movie, character of Donnie… then you are obsessed… there is no turning back.

This movie is love it or hate it type, but I must say that I noticed that people with lower IQ don`t like it, and those who are a bit more intelligent simply adore it… guess that makes me a smartass 🙂

First of all you have to know that this is a strange movie, and you`ll watch it at least twice, I can guarantee you that. It involves much thinking from your side… it is not a kind of movie you would sit and watch… no no, Donnie Darko is a lot deeper experience.

Jake Gyllenhaal contributed alot to the movie… `cause his performance is simply genius… there could be no other actor that could have played Donnie as good as he did… and chicks love him 🙂

It is a happy-sad movie… at the end you will be happy as Donnie is, but will also feel very sorry for all that happened… and same as the Moon … it will be in your head for some time…

4. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002, Director: Don Coscarelli, Main characters: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis)

Elvis is alive! And he is living in home for elderly people with cancer on his penis, and his best friend is JFK, who is btw black 🙂 And they are here to save the world from ancient mummy that came to life and is sucking human souls through their asses 🙂

Yes, this is the plot of this movie, believe it or not 🙂 It may sound totally absurd, but trust me, you haven`t seen the movie yet, so shut up for now.

Director is able to give you a “realistic” explanation of all this through the film, and he does it in a great way!

But who could be the best man to play Elvis in such a movie? The one and only, Bruce Campbell… as always, he is brilliant and gives this movie his own crazy touch (like it is not crazy enough without it).

Is it a silly movie? Yes it it. Is it movie you`ll talk about to your friends? Yes it is. Is it a movie you always be glad to watch again? Yes it is 🙂

Bubba Ho-Tep is simply crazy, but very smart film that has its own unique way of connecting you with its characters.

5. Dead Snow (Død snø) – (2009, Director: Tommy Wirkola, Main characters: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Laursen, Jenny Skavlan)

Talking about silly horror movies… Dead Snow was such a surprise to me when I saw it that I had to tell everybody about it!

In a good old manner of Army of Darkness, Braindead and similar trashy horror movies, Dead Snow brings you all that you could wish for: Zombies, dead zombies, decapitated zombies, Nazi zombies and lots and lots of blood 🙂 Do you need anything else?

OK, some decent story would be nice.. so, here it is, Dead Snow has one, and its about Nazi zombies trying to kill a bunch of friends who went on a vacation somewhere in Norwegian mountains.

Yes, zombies have been done for million of times, but not in this way… especially not in such cleverly humorous way… with such amounts of blood 🙂

There is something very strange happening with music,
one of my favorite artistic expressions.

Call me old fashioned, but I still think that when someone does something with love and soul, only prize for his work that he needs is recognition and other peoples enjoyment in his work… When we speak of music, such artists were Vivaldi, Mozart, Bethoven and all other classical masterminds that made music for their own pleasure, they did not compose for money, they did not charge a penny for their music. They loved what they do!

Few days ago I have read one article online that made me a bit angry…

Main character in that article was Bono Vox from U2 (personaly I really love their old albums), who is “a great man who figts for human rights, world peace etc. etc.”. But Bono obviously fights for his money also (poor little Bono)!
Ok, you will say that everybody would fight for his money, and that is in most of the cases true, but in this case, you have to look at the things a bit deeper.

Bono stated that internet providers should be controlled because of great financial losses in music industry. But he did not say that U2 was best payed band in 2009!

Sure, many of us use torrents and other kinds of online file sharing to get the music that we want… I personally have cca 115 GB of downloaded music, or to be more precise: 11.906 songs, and yes, I have complete U2 discography.

I do not want to pay for music! I will never pay for music. I will pay for a concert entrance, but not for the music. If you wanted to make music, you wanted people to listen your music, did you not? Well, I`m listening to your music. But now, that is not enough, you want ME to pay YOU to listen to YOUR music? lol

You made that music with only one intention, to make money on it? Well… maybe that is why it is called music INDUSTRY …

Where did all that artistic spirit go? Its colored green… shame…

Conclusion?

Continue “illegal” music download… real artists that want people to enjoy their work will not have anything against it.

And here is all that you need:

Torrent client and few good sites for torrent search: http://thepiratebay.org/ and http://isohunt.com/ are my favorites.