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There are multiple bands named Popol Vuh: 1) A krautrock band from Germany. 2) A progressive rock band from Norway later renamed Popol Ace.

1) Popol Vuh was a proto- / / band from Germany founded by Florian Fricke in 1970 together with Holger Trulzsch (percussion) and Frank Fiedler (electronics). Other important members during the next two decades included Conny Veit, Daniel Fichelscher and Robert Eliscu.

It began with an approach as heard on first album “Affenstunde”, inspired by the invention of the Moog synthesizer. This continued for only one more album, “In den Gärten 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 walls of sound, and are considered by some to be precursors of contemporary world music, as well of music and ambient.

The band contributed soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog, including “Nosferatu”, “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”, “Fitzcarraldo”, and “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”, in which Fricke appeared.

Florian Fricke died in Munich on December 29, 2001, and the group disbanded.

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  • Cocteauholic

    It seems humans are only good at labeling and judging things, anyhow, this is celestial music, I've been listening to 'Der Ruf' from the equally celestial film Heart of Glass.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • lovePopolFricke

    あっふん

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Fucking hippies

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Popol Vuh przerósł artystycznie większość zespołów rockowych. Stało się tak zapewne dlatego, że sam zespołem rockowym nie był.

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • horselaughter

    in den gärten pharaos on headphones is better than most movies

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    AMAZING !

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    интересная такая музыка, хорошие клавишные, но при этом в пошлость нью-эйджа группа не впадает

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Ececea

    recently the best godsend so far! <3

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • marsorbis

    Vuh. The sound of spirit. Huge, awe-inspiring. Experimentation and contrasts. Stunning

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Chao-G

    Hosianna Mantra is absolutely stunning

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • maudyyyyyyyyyy

    not a problem masturbating to anything German at all??????

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mk741

    I find it amusingly fitting there were guys named Holger in both Can and Popol.

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Inna__Osennyaya

    Замечательно. Удивительно, как я их раньше не заприметила.

    17 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Robert161989

    Affenstunde

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jussi_m

    If ya fuck with Vuh, they gots ta fuck witchu

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • monadologie

    Brrryce: they might, if the Spanish hadn't already dug them all up for looting.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Metaknite

    moit....

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kyonil

    Денёчки.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Brrryce

    I bet the Maya are rolling in their graves about this.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bieljuca

    Masturbating to this never gets any more difficult [2]

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
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