Popol Vuh (Band)

Popol Vuh was a German Krautrock group that existed from 1970 to 2001.


The after the Popol Vuh, a central document of the Mayan culture history of creation of the world, named group was founded in 1970 by Florian Fricke.

Stylistically Popol Vuh are attributed to the Krautrock. Their music style is very original and combines rock with electronic New Age music, and spiritual elements. Due to the use of various percussion, exotic instruments such as the sitar, the international singers as well as Florian Fricke's affinity for yoga, spirituality and Far Eastern culture can be assigned to Popol Vuh in the broadest sense of the world music. The band itself has always endeavored to evade the genre assignment and exclusively referred to their music with fancy terms such as Magic Music, Love Music, Cosmic Space Rock and the like.

Founding member Fricke one of the pioneers of that electronic musician. The composition of the band changed over time continuously. Since the beginning it was Frank Fiedler. Later Daniel should Fichelscher ( Amon Düül II) to join them as a long -standing member. An important and well-known temporary member of the band was Klaus Wiese.

The band was initially taken from Liberty Records, where it was in the company of Amon Duul and Can, and where produced by Gerhard Augustin debut LP was submitted Affenstunde still in its founding year 1970. The first two albums by Popol Vuh are influenced by the sound of the legendary Moog III synthesizer, which was later ceded to Klaus Schulze. The second album in the gardens Pharaohs released in 1971 on Rolf -Ulrich Kaiser Pilz label and is recorded live in a church in half. The third album Hosanna Mantra (1972 ) met Conny Veit and the Korean singer Yun Dong the main cast. Yun should be heard again on the next album One Hunter & The Seven Hunters 1975.

The 1970s are considered to be most productive phase of the Popol Vuh. Besides his studio albums and rare live performances, the band was known for her collaboration with director Werner Herzog, for his films such as Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht or Fitzcarraldo, she created the soundtracks. Characteristic of recordings from this period is the use of the Mellotron. This precursor of later Sampler instrument made ​​it possible to integrate voices or orchestral sounds in the sound of the band.

The first performance abroad was in 1976 in Milan. From 1978 Popol Vuh also spent time working again with Gerhard Augustin together, which produced more albums and soundtracks of the band. From 1983 Popol Vuh stepped into the shadow of taking place at numerous world travel filmmaking by Fricke and Fiedler. Albums appeared less frequently now than in the 70s, yet regularly (see discography ).

The mid -1990s, Popol Vuh City Raga with reported back (using voice recordings of the respiratory therapist Maya Rose). In the work of the 1990s, now also flowed current musical trends of the techno - range one with. Besides Fricke and Fiedler Guido Hieronymus had become a permanent member of the band now. 1999 appeared the last album Messo di Orfeo.

With the early death of Florian Fricke in 2001, the story of the Popol Vuh was over.


  • Affenstunde (1970 )
  • In the gardens of Pharaoh (1972 )
  • Hosanna Mantra (1972 )
  • Beatitude (1973 )
  • One Hunter & The Seven Hunters (1975 )
  • The Song of Solomon (1975 )
  • Aguirre (1975 )
  • Last Days - Last Nights ( 1976)
  • Yoga ( 1976)
  • Sing, for the song sells the Wolves - Coeur de verre (1977 )
  • Brothers of the Shadow, Sons of Light - Nosferatu (1978 )
  • The night of the soul - Tantric Songs ( 1979)
  • Be still Know I Am (1981 )
  • Fitzcarraldo (1982 )
  • Agape - Love Love (1983 )
  • Spirit Of Peace (1985 )
  • Cobra Verde ( 1987)
  • For You and Me (1991 )
  • City Raga (1994 )
  • Shepherd's Symphony (1997)
  • Messa di Orfeo (1999)


  • Florian Fricke (1991 )
  • The Best Soundtracks From Werner Herzog Films ( 1991)
  • Florian Fricke Plays Mozart ( 1992)
  • Sing, For Song Drives Away The Wolves (1993 )
  • Movie Music (1994 )
  • Not high in the sky (1998)
  • Future Sound Experience ( 2002)
  • Popol Vuh Revisited & Remixed ( 2011 ) 2 CD SPV 693 723 704 425