Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Popol Vuh - In den Gärten Pharaos (1971)
Werner Herzog might be one of my all time favorite directors. I feel it's only appropriate to post these guys' music since they have contributed soundtracks to Herzog films such as Nosferatu, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Heart of Glass and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Here's a little info on Popol Vuh courtesy of www.last.fm:
"Popol Vuh is a German proto-ambient experimental rock / krautrock band founded by Florian Fricke in 1970 together with Holger Trulzsch (percussion) and Frank Fiedler (electronics). Other important members during the next two decades included Daniel Fichelscher and Bob Eliscu.
It began with an electronic approach as heard on first album Affenstunde, inspired by the invention of the Moog synthesizer. This continued for only one more album, In Den Garten Pharaos, before Fricke largely abandoned electronic instruments in favour of piano-led compositions from 1972’s Hosianna Mantra forward. This album also marked the start of exploring overtly religious themes rather than a more generally spiritual feeling within the music. The group evolved to include all kinds of instruments: wind, percussion and strings, electric and acoustic alike, combined to convey a mystical aura that made their music spiritual and introspective.
Popul Vuh influenced many other bands from Europe with their uniquely soft but elaborate instrumentations, that took inspiration from Tibet, Africa, and Precolombian America. They created dream-like soundscapes along with psychedelic walls of sound, and are considered by some to be precursors of contemporary world music, as well of new age music and ambient."
The Wrath of God