He also filmed some short amateur films. (He would later become a movie and music critic for the German magazine Der Spiegel and the Swiss paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung). It was also in Munich that he met Gerhard Augustin, who for many years would be his producer. In 1967 he met German film director Werner Herzog and played a role in his first movie Lebenszeichen (1968). Fricke was later responsible for the soundtracks of several of Herzog's movies, among them Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (with Klaus Kinski and Bruno Ganz), Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Heart of Glass.Fricke also made a cameo appearance in Herzog's Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (1974). Fricke was one of the first musicians to own and use a Moog III synthesizer, with which he recorded Popol Vuh's first two albums "Affenstunde" and "In den Gärten Pharaos".
His recordings with the instruments left an indelible mark on German electronic music. However, he later significantly gave his Moog to fellow German musician Klaus Schulze and renounced electronic music. In 1970, together with Holger Truelsch and Frank Fiedler, he founded the group Popol Vuh. The name is taken from a Mayan manuscript. Fricke was the leader of the group until his death, almost always together with guitarist and drummer Daniel Fichelscher.
Fricke also recorded an album of Mozart compositions. Besides working on his own music, Fricke collaborated with many German musicians. In 1972 he played in the Tangerine Dream's Zeit double album and collaborated with Renate Knaup of Amon Düül II. Together with Fichelscher, from 1973 to 1974 he was a member of former Popol Vuh guitarist Connie Veit's band Gila. In 1992 he recorded an album of Mozart compositions.
In the 1998 he organized audio/video installations, among them "Messa di Orfeo" in the Italian city of Molfetta. Beginning in the '70's, Fricke dedicated himself to musicotherapy. He also developed an original form of therapy called the "Alphabet of the Body". Together with former Popol Vuh member Frank Fiedler, who was a competent cameraman, Fricke produced a series of films of spiritual inspiration set in the Sinai desert, Israel, Lebanon, Mesopotamia, Morocco, Afghanistan, Tibet and Nepal. Fricke died of a stroke in Munich in 2001, at the age of 57. In October 2003 Klaus Schulze wrote: "Florian was and remains an important forerunner of contemporary ethnic and religious music. He chose electronic music and his big Moog to free himself from the restraints of traditional music, but soon discovered that he didn't get a lot out of it and opted for the acoustic path instead.
Here, he went on to create a new world, which Werner Herzog loves so much, transforming the thought patterns of electronic music into the language of acoustic ethno music." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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