January 28, 2023

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Norm Chambers, experimental musician behind Panabrite and Jürgen Müller, dies at the age of 50

Norm Chambers, who made analog-heavy ambient music under the name Panabrite, has died. Since 2019 he has been living with a rare form of sinus cancer. “It is with great sadness that I have to report that our dear friend Norm Chambers passed away at around 1:30pm today at home surrounded by loved ones,” friend Pete Prezzano wrote on a donation page for Chambers’ care. Prezzano later confirmed the news to Pitchfork. Chambers turned 50.

“The world has lost a beautiful and creative force in Norm Chambers, a preeminent composer, sound designer and music anthologist who has inspired us all with his wondrous sonic vision and grace,” said Prezzano. “Those who knew Norm personally know that it was no coincidence that these incredible gifts came from him; Brilliant as he was at his art, he was an even better person.”

Chambers lives in Seattle, Washington and started out as a rock guitarist before turning to analog electronics. In 2009 he released his first Panabrite album, Paramount Hexagon, followed by Nordsee, The Baroque Atrium, Blue Grotto and more. Over the next decade, Chambers continued to focus on Panabrite, often releasing his work on limited edition cassettes. In 2021 he published Sub-Aquatic Meditation Vol. 2, a companion to the 2012 Sub-Aquatic Meditation.

Outside of Panabrite, Chambers released another album in 2011, under the moniker Jürgen Müller, titled Science of the Sea. inspired by the fascination for underwater worlds.

Chambers also worked as an illustrator, often designing his own album covers. In later years he self-released music through Bandcamp as N Chambers and scored the 2016 documentary Graphic Means. In January, he released a new full-length album entitled Mirage Colony.


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