Παρασκευή, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2012

POPOL VUH - Nosferatu. Original soundtrack (1978)


   Popol Vuh was a German electronic avantgarde band, in the mainstream-media so called Krautrock, founded by pianist and keyboardist Florian Fricke in 1969 together with Holger Trülzsch (percussion) and Frank Fiedler (recording engineer and technical assistance). The band took its name from the Popol Vuh, a manuscript containing the mythology of the Post - Classic Quiché Maya people of highland Guatemala and south east Mexico. The name translates roughly as "meeting place."
 The group evolved to include all kinds of instruments: wind and strings, electric and acoustic alike, combined to convey a mystical aura that made their music spiritual and introspective.
Popol Vuh influenced many other bands from Europe with their uniquely soft but elaborate instrumentation, that took inspiration from Tibet, Africa, and pre-Columbian America. They created dream-like soundscapes along with psychedelic walls of sound, and are regarded as precursors of contemporary world music, as well of new age music and ambient music.
The band contributed soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog
Florian Fricke died in Munich on December 29, 2001, and the group disbanded.

  Nosferatu is the eleventh album by Popol Vuh and was released as the original motion picture soundtrack of Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht by director Werner Herzog. It was originally released in 1978 on Egg.
It's a dark ambient masterpiece.
    The claustrophobic and deadly aura of the movie is here. It will make you chill!  Bringing together elements from plainsong and renaissance music, with Indian sitar and tabla, piano, synth drones, mellow psychedelic rock jams, and folky acoustic guitar. 
   As well, much of the music is suitably lonely and dark enough to accompany the movements of a 500 year old vampire.
    The killer though, has to be the recurring theme "Mantra", a beautiful and haunting piece that references the Dies Irae played on sitar and electric guitar, with progressing versions on the disc adding chorus. Spooky.

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  1. έχει κυκλοφορήσει ένα εξαιρετικό Box Set με τα 5 sooundtracks: Aguirre, Heart of Glass, Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo & Cobra Verde-plus, ένα εκπληκτικό και πολύ προσεγμένο Booklet, συνοδό στο μυστηριακό ταξίδι της μουσικής του Herzog.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Werner-Herzog-Soundtracks-Popol/dp/B00487U4R0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351932841&sr=8-1

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