FAXDB
? PK 08/25

Pete Namlook & Dr. Atmo - Silence
Released on: 1992-12-07
Limitation: 500
Length (mm:ss.frames): 74:28.35
(excluding pre-gap)

#start len artist title
 100:00.0021:57.22Pete Namlook & Dr. AtmoOmid/Hope
 221:57.2222:29.48Pete Namlook & Dr. AtmoGarden of Dreams
 344:26.7009:52.47Pete Namlook & Dr. AtmoSantur
 454:19.4220:08.68Pete Namlook & Dr. AtmoTrip
PK 08/25
Reviews
Omid/Hope unfolds with a slowly pulsing C major third, setting the ambience for
quiet, positive meditation. It is music to breathe by. Bona fide new-age
medicine music. Singular string notes and synths begin to accent and swirl
around the primary pulse, like stray thoughts, until the first appearance of our
vocal guide at 0:09:00. Accompanied by occasional washes of rain and panned
piano notes, we begin the mantra:

You are right
Yes
Silence
I am beautiful
And all is beautiful around
You bring life
The heartbeat of life
We are all part of the Universe
Seasons will come and go
The silence of the universe

The track develops at 0:17:00 with a sneaky little drum accent, fading forward
and back, propelling the track with a light insistence towards its close.

Garden of Dreams layers digital bell tones, flutes and an female voice in an
exotic, eastern setting. This is the journey that Omid/Hope has prepared our
minds for. It is a still place, accented by occasional synth burbles. A heavily
reverbed kick drum leads us into a new territory halfway through--a slow,
melancholy gamelan of cymbals and sticks. It is as if we are being shown the
laborers whose toil provides the beautiful garden we've just experienced.

Santur invites us to astrally project ourselves through the cosmos, arriving
in mythic north Africa. A dance is performed, a cultural exchange takes place,
some smoke is shared.

Trip is a bright, pan-global ecstatic trance. The simple pulse sets up a
framework for high flutes, synthesized birdsong, and long washes of sound/surf.
It is clearly mystic and optimistic. Aromatherapy for your ears.

Overall, Silence I is a strong release hearkening back to ambient music's
roots. Its structure is deliberate, and it holds together very well as an album.
That being said, it does feel somewhat dated and self-conscious in its spiritual
zeal, marginally better than most of the New Age spiritual audio aids so
prevalent in the nineties.

— Ian Malbon (from 2350.org) @ Tue, 24 Apr 2007 00:46:33 -0400
There can't be many long term fax afficionados who haven't encountered the sound
of Silence. One of the very first discs to appear on the label, this was issued
way back when ambient music was all the rage, being a genre defining piece. And
it still is. The classic pairing of Namlook and Dr Atmo delivered four slowly
evolving pieces of chilled minimalistic ambience. Omid/Hope opens the scoring
with slow strings welling up, interrupted by Namlooks analogue squeals and the
famous Silence voice adding some affirmative soundbites, before chilled piano
loops and beats are introduced. Next up is my all time favourite FAX track, the
superb Garden of Dreams. The track lives up to its name, transporting the
listener to a far out world of lush atmospherics built around the familiar
Namlook vocal pad sound. This is haunting gothic-style ambience, describing a
deep and exotic place. In contrast the next track, Santur, is more Atmo than
Namlook. Atmo takes us back to his roots with a Middle Eastern-influenced piece,
complete with guitar, vocal and rhythm parts. Finally its left to the shimmering
Trip to take us some place else. A cyclic track that builds and builds with its
hypnotic groove. Like a vast black hole this track pulls the listener in with
its repetitive spirals (or er, something like that!).

If you only ever buy one Fax album, this should be it (provided you can find
it - although it has been issued on a few different labels). A timeless and
consistent release that proves that less really is more, and far superior to the
follow up volumes.

— unknown (from 2350.org) @ Tue, 24 Apr 2007 00:47:56 -0400
DB ID: 20