Label: Innovative Communication - IC 58 159 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Krautrock, Abstract, Ambient
Ich Mache Einen Spiegel - Dream part 4 2. Ich Mache Einen Spiegel - Dream part 5 3. Ich Mache Einen Spiegel - Dream part 49 Bella DEstate - Various - Dance Collection - Balla Italiano. Affenstunde Bonus track on CD release: 5. Train Through Time The back cover features pictures of hippies playing along in reality, Florian Fricke playing his Moog, as well as Frank Fiedler, and non-member, but producer Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde Fricke on percussion - by the way I'm not certain how Bettina is related to Florian.
Bettina Fricke looks most like the stereotypical hippie complete with headband and flowery clothing she looks like an escapee of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury scene. As for "Affenstunde", love it or hate it, but if you like off the wall experimental electronic music, you're certain to like this. As for the German group, this is mostly the project of Florian Fricke especially on the debut album.
The music developped on this debut is of a very experimental nature mostly electronic and Moog based. The few things I can compare it to is dgar Froese's works both solo and in Tangerine Dream's Zeit era. This becomes quickly nightmarish as opposed to Froese's Aqua Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde but stays interesting throughout the album although nowadays this sort of "music"is quite dated but still worth a spin.
The title track is more of the same never violent but somber. Only some ethnic percussions accompany this bizarre stuff. In the spring of Fricke creates 'Popol Vuh after the proposition of 'Liberty Records' to record a 'experimental moog album' following the succes of 'the Switched on' series and hits like 'Popcorn'. You don't have to be a great musician even if it helps to use the moog, but you have to be a knobfiddler and know something about dynamics.
Apparently Fricke missed both qualities and as his later records will show he was more interested in acoustic instruments, and more traditional melodies and harmonies, and didn't get the real potential of the 'Moog' as Klaus Schulze or Wendy Carlos in their respective fields.
This record is boring and uninteresting and contains nothing that would caracterize the great 'Popol Vuh' sound of the later records. On side one a long suite of uninspired athmospheres lacking any melodic or dynamic interest and on side two a long track, that is eqally boring with just a short passage at aboutwith an ulian-pipe-type-sound, that sounds like the pedal harmonium sounds that appear on later 'Popol Vuh' records, but gets completely boring after 2 minutes.
If you want to get into Popol Vuh avoid this record and start with 'Hosianna Mantra. Erreur de jeunesse! The music is very minimalistic and very Φώτα Πορείας - Σαν Τη Σταγόνα Στο Χιόνι. You will find no regular drums, bass or guitar on the album and in fact most of the sounds on Affenstunde is created by moog.
The album consists of two side long songs. Both songs are extremely repetitive. It has been an extremely stressful experience to listen to this album for me. The musicianship? This is an experiment for the sake of it. Art for arts sake is just not my cup of tea. The production is, well how shall I put this?
If you like ambient soundscapes with little to no variation for forty minutes Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde might be your thing. All sane folks should stay away. But nevertheless personally I have problems Μολυσμἐνα Ένστικτα - Παροξυσμός - Σἠψη Γενεών get the spiritual or artistical essence.
The same problem I often also have trying to examine several pictures or sculptures. What does the artist want to express with his workout? And so it is hard for me to digest this Is there any definable structure or did they simply treat their percussion instruments, buttons and controls at random with the help of some mind-expanding stuff? Who knows? The moderate Ich mache einen Spiegel suite consists of some swirling pulsating sounds with minimal variations except Dream part 5 which is dominated by tribal congas, bongos and cowbells.
This partition is well done by all means but not very innovative on the other hand. The title song Affenstunde is more interesting because consisting of some variations and indications of melody. They get started with a dull deep-toned electronic session later gliding into a long meandering sentimental part.
For Die Prinzessin Auf Der Nadel - Floh De Cologne - Lieder Aus Der Rock-Oper Koslowsky musical content this is an album dedicated to diehard collectors only.
But I'll add one star because it must be considered as an important historical document for the development of krautrock and progressive electronic music. From a historical perspective this album is simply essential. There had been Graveyard Postcards - MPB* - Do Not Resuscitate electronic experiments in modern classical music, but no artist in pop music had dared to go where Florian Fricke takes us to here.
I'm not really sure though where 'here' is exactly. It looks like a place with no soul, so alien from anything human that I find it very hard to connect to. Not only does it abstain from melody, it also doesn't have any rhythm or emotion. It is cold mathematical music that sounds as if it could be produced by machines using electronically processed noise.
Some tracks like the opener use heavily treated organ sounds that still resonate with a deep cosmic ambience, other pieces such as part 5 seem like randomly processed samples of sheep herds in a mountain pass being chased by Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde shepherd gone completely berserk. Any good? The first track is mostly void of anything percussive, and the only thing in the whole world that I notice besides the endless beeping droning is my own heartbeat.
The hypnotic percussion takes you on a separate journey that seems to be on a completely opposite side of reality than the first, much more electronic dominated first track. Soon enters more single note drones that fade in and out with almost perfect syncopation with the original drones. Every time I listen to this track, a single sentence occasionally floats through my head that I feel fits the cinematic vibe here: "I'm waiting for a bus in the rain, but I'll probably be murdered before I make it home".
I'm fairly certain that this wasn't the atmosphere that Fricke had hoped for in his fans, but that is something I can't control. The first few minutes are dominated by the tribal drums, but eventually give way to a pleasant done with electronic echoes possibly made by ghosts.
The percussion soon enters again in a more steady fashion while the electronics play their whimsical melodies across the soundscape. I would have to highly recommend this masterpiece to anyone in need of an introduction to electronic-dominated krautrock, as it did wonders for me in that area. I'm not one for soul searching in any kind of spiritual manner, but this album just kind of has that effect on you.
The album comprises two side-long epics: "Ich Mache Einen Spiege", which is divided into three movements, and the title track, "Affenstunde", respectively. The first part of the first suite, contrarily named "Dream Part 4", opens with a static drone including various swirling electronic and pre-recorded effects passing through. These give somewhat of an Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde effectoften sounding like technical devices.
This part remains quite unchanged except for very slow frequency pulses, sometimes influencing the sound in making it a bit heavier, sometimes much lighter. A Папа Купил Автомобиль · Daddy Has Bought A Car - Алла Пугачева - Поднимись Над Суетой credited as "Bettina" plays Indian tabla, which really enriches the overall feel of the track, adding a very exotic, Eastern flavor.
At the same time, it also points the way towards Popol Vuh's future influences. The rhythmic pace of Part 5 is steady with numerous variations. Once again, the texture remains rather static, however, towards the end, the instrument appears as if more "self-assured", becoming slightly louder at the ridge of the synthesizer wave, before descending into complete silence.
As the piece slowly grows, one is able to hear distant effects struggling to break through. Suddenly, the beat fades away and the synth is left alone. Then, Florian Fricke plays a striking modal solo with a beautiful timbre of Moog's distinctive triangle-wave based Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde a static drone. This is really where his instrumental abilities come through. Tabla and various percussion instruments appear once more, but not really in the form of laying down any rhythm, but rather accompanying Fricke in his solo part, adding a bit more variety, and working in favor of dark, soporific, foggy atmospherics.
In this wonderful way, the piece slowly starts to fall silent, as if falling asleep and wanting to say "good night, I sincerely hope you have enjoyed your journey. How are musical revolutions started? It often comes down to one groundbreaking album - a one-of-a-kind. And Affenstunde undoubtedly deserves a title of a groundbreaking work. Its peaceful, quiet nature paved the way for genres such as ambient or drone.
It's not without its flaws, for sure, but is definitely worth acknowledgement and appreciation. Above all, Affensunde is at least partly responsible for laying foundation for a revolution of the German youth culture. This is not an easy work to appreciate, one might highly likely find it boring and requiring minimal musical abilities. However, I would not say this album is about showcasing skill, but rather about building atmospherics and drawing different sonic landscapes.
That being said, it does require a considerably different approach from the listener. Anyhow, Popol Vuh's debut is a truly essential krautrock album and is very highly recommended! Anyway it opens with birds chirping before some brief water sounds then atmosphere. Then these high pitched bleeping sounds come in that drive me crazy. Just not into this one. Interesting sounds come and go before the drums rumble in. It sounds pretty cool before 3 minutes. I like this. Drums stop before 5 minutes as a haunting soundscape continues.
Blipping sounds join in and it stays this way for Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde long time right to the end. I rate pretty much all his 70's albums 4 stars and up so yes this was disappointing to say the least. A low 3 stars from me. This Dream Part 5 - Popol Vuh - Affenstunde has Blood On The Floor - Throbbing Gristle - D.o.A.
The Third And Final Report aged well. When first I encountered this album in the 80's, its weirdness and ambience were refreshing. But The Mountain Song - Paul Kantner - Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra and experience can change things Basically a beginner's exploration of a modular moog system disguised as an electronic soundscape, Florian does not get muc
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