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Pete Namlook Shades Of Orion 2 (with Tetsu Inoue) album cover
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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Orion Transfer (71:14)

Total Time 71:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Pete Namlook / electronics, composer
- Tetsu Inoue / composer

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Review by colorofmoney91
3 stars Shades of Orion 2 is the second installment of the collaboration between Pete Namlook and Tetsu Inoue under the project name Shades of Orion. Like the previous album in this series with Tetsu Inoue, this album is also ambient at large. Actually, Shades of Orion 2 is just one constant drone that goes on for over 70 minutes, packed full of resonances, spacey atmospheric sounds, cosmic waves sounds, sounds of communicating satellites, and the occasional bass-like boom of a distant star imploding in on itself to create a black hole.

Unlike the last installment, this album has no elements of trance, which I was actually hoping for this time 'round - being quite long and purely ambient, this album overstayed its welcome. Shades of Orion 2 is definitely a pleasant album to enhance anyone's cosmic dreamscape, but is uneventful and not progressive enough to be replayed more than only on occasion. Beautiful, deep, airy, only slightly boring.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Shades of Orion II' - Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue (6/10)

Pete Namlook is an influential figure in electronica, although taking into consideration that its a style of music I have not yet dove into, it's understandable why I may not have heard his work before this. In collaboration with Japanese ambient composer Tetsu Inoue, he created the 'Shades of Orion' series, a trilogy that would see his music retreat from its house- oriented leanings into the depths of cosmic space. 'Shades of Orion II' is not so much a development from the first in the series as it is a continuation of it; pursuing the same avenue of total ambiance. Granted, at over an hour, Namlook and Inoue's space collaboration overstays its welcome, but there is a subtle sense of composition to this work that sets it aside from being merely quiet noise.

'Shades of Orion II' is a continuous, 71 minute exploration of sound which seeks to mimic what it must be like being alone in space, light years away from sunlight or the latest Top 40 pop single. As one might expect from the 'space music' label, 'Shades of Orion' is an incredibly sparse sounding recording, void of melody and hooks of any kind. Even structure feels alien to this music; when subtle changes occur once every few minutes, it's difficult to discern some sense of composition or writing in what this duo have done. There are recurring ideas in the textures, but the way this music is meant to be appreciated is by laying down and simply letting yourself drift off into it. A listening experience on autopilot, if you will.

The sounds here revolve around spacey 'beeps' and the sort of chatter that cosmic entities might have with one another. Although the sounds may be completely benign, they lend a vast atmosphere that makes it an easy album to get lost in. Although very little may be said about composition on 'Shades of Orion II', it makes for a subdued thrill when a new sound actually does show up in the mix, although these changes are painfully few and far between. At seventy one minutes long, this is not an album to sit down and focus in on without pause. Under best conditions, it's an album best listened to someplace dark, with a comfortable bed, and impending sleep preferable. For its style and what it aims to accomplish, 'Shades of Orion II' is an incredibly atmospheric chill-out, although anyone looking for an even slightly eventful musical experience might find themselves bored to death.

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