PETE NAMLOOK 10 Years of Silence (Silence I-V)
Rare MP3 CD, Over 5-1/2 Hours (2003)

10 Years Of Silence10 Years of Silence (2003)
5-1/2 Hour Ambient MP3 CD (Limited To 500 Copies)

FROM THE ARCHIVES, 2007: Since 1992, the late Pete Namlook’s Frankfurt-based Fax label has issued a dizzying amount of ambient and electronic experimentations featuring legendary artists slash collaborators from Klaus Schulze to Bill Laswell to Jonah Sharp. Not to mention providing an outlet for a whole new generation of ambient free-formers. Namlook and his pals are all about the chill factor – vast soundscapes, ominous drones, quiet atmospherics, disembodied voices and a relentless spirit of relaxed adventure is the label’s stock in trade. So it was fitting that, in 2002, Namlook would spearhead the release of the first ever ambient MP3 CD (issued in a limited edition of 500), featuring over 5-1/2 hours of music – and designed to be listened to… continuously. Good luck. Namlook’s dedication to the art form is unparalleled, but we listeners are merely human. Curiously, the bit rates on the original CD range from 256 to 300, and I’m not sure why that is, but the info for each track is detailed in the liner notes. Still… gathering his 5-CD Silence series and putting all 5-1/2 hours on a single MP3 CD is a masterstroke that begs to question… Why is this one of the very few official MP3 discs in existence? Don’t hold your breath waiting for a good answer. Namlook has released other MP3 CDs since this first one, which originally retailed for about $26 back in 2003. These days they’re at Amazon, HERE, for about $50.
Silence ISilence IISilence IIISilence IVSilence V

Omid / Hope (21:57)
Garden Of Dreams
Santur (9:53)

Silence II
Life/Death (29:28)
Heaven (AW-Cut)
Sweet Angels (11:20)
What Is Time?

Silence III (60:37)
Into the Desert (8:35)
A Ship on a Sea of Sand
Lost City
The Bottom of the Ocean
Dream Time

Silence IV
Circle Of Life (20:02)
Deep Inside
Bedouin Love
The Night Before I Left (9:33

Silence V
Asbendos (13:03)
While Angels Sleep
Master Of The Sky
Ancient Beauty

“Heaven” (Original Version)
Heaven (22:58)


  • Willard
    September 29, 2007 - 16:30 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    September 30, 2007 - 20:24 | Permalink

    fantastic, willard, very generous post.. extremely rare and wonderful listening bliss!! zenarchy

  • Anonymous
    October 1, 2007 - 18:47 | Permalink

    great music from Namlook thanks to you.

  • LifePlus
    October 4, 2007 - 17:02 | Permalink

    What an inspiration ! Thank you so much for providing such brilliance. Peace.

  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2008 - 17:13 | Permalink

    Thank you ! All the Namlook Records are hard to find and very expensive here in Germany.Greetings….(:

  • kmb
    December 2, 2008 - 01:37 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this super post! Appreciated!!!

  • M3x
    December 7, 2008 - 22:39 | Permalink

    Wow. This is some trippy cool stuff Willard. Your site is becoming one of my favorites and is pushing the limits of my listening preferences in a very positive direction. This is something I NEVER would have heard, let alone known existed had you not posted it here.

    Much gratitude.

  • Capt. Willard
    December 8, 2008 - 00:08 | Permalink

    That's very nice to hear. Many thanks.

  • Paul McClelland
    May 12, 2009 - 01:04 | Permalink

    This is very gorgeous ambient is going to take me a while to soak it all in, but if you have visited my blog, you know this free-form atmospheric ambient is just my cup of tea. It is a massive undertaking for the artist, and I commend him on his compositional consistancy, and the feeling that he allows into his flow of music. It is very much like looking at an abstract painting when I hear these compositions, because the imagination becomes one of the instruments…I hope I am making some sense here with this…Cheers to Pete Namlook, and many thanks to you for posting such an expansive, comprehensive piece of music…Paul

  • darksouldealer
    May 13, 2009 - 02:01 | Permalink

    any more of the mp3 discs? hell just any more namlook? hes hard to come across here in phoenix….the one store that did carry him told me they namlook lost his distributor a couple of years ago or something and she cant get any now…thank you for this, it made my life

  • loopmode
    August 25, 2009 - 08:44 | Permalink

    Pete Namlook is a guy from Frankfurt, "here" in Germany. His output rate is just crazy, he must have literally hundrets of releases.
    The label he is running is called
    FAX +49-69/450464
    which is also the real fax number :-)

    Look out, there was a whole fax release pack on rapidshare somewhere, gigabytes worth of namlook styles, also from friends and fellow musicians of him.

    And for the rest, even here in Germany most of his cds are dealt on ebay , afaik

  • loopmode
    August 25, 2009 - 08:46 | Permalink

    oh forgot to mention, that huge pack i meant, it had FAX +49-69/450464
    in the name. I'll check it out when I'm at home and post it here some day.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    November 30, 2010 - 14:53 | Permalink

    I've been on an ambient kick which your posting of the Eno Box and Textures brought on. This is great stuff. Thanks, once again for improving my quality of life.

  • October 14, 2011 - 19:26 | Permalink

    Thank you very, very much for these, and all the other treasures you’ve generously provided. It’s all wonderful stuff, and it’s always appreciated.

  • Colonel Panic
    April 17, 2012 - 05:49 | Permalink

    Yet another great discovery. Thanks in advance for a reup, can’t wait to listen.
    Your blog is definitely a hands down favorite for me, I’m continually amazed at what I find here. Miles of Miles, The Eno box set, Crim, Costello, Godley & Creme – which originally led me to the site, not to mention many albums and artists I never knew existed.
    Thanks again for all the love and work you put into this.

  • December 29, 2012 - 00:56 | Permalink

    Ah…the perfect tonic for PHSS (post holiday stress syndrome)…kudos Dr. Willard!

  • G
    December 30, 2012 - 14:24 | Permalink

    It’s been said before – but the different genres of music that Captain Willard has in his collection a/o has access to is amazing – and it’s greatly appreciated that he takes his time to share this with the readers….
    First became of Namlook’s work as a result of some recordings/projects that he did in conjunction with one of Bill Laswell’s projects and listened to others after that – but, like most of the visitors to The Worhmole, was completelly unaware of these recordings and will give it/them a listen – after, again, sending thanks to The Captain

    • Willard
      December 30, 2012 - 23:38 | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words, G… and for hangin’ around.

  • April 19, 2016 - 18:57 | Permalink

    Silence I was one of my first ambient purchases back in the day. Thanks!

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