Pilz / Ohr / Kosmische Musik

Releases by Popol Vuh on three short-lived, but influential labels run by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser.


Pilz was a sublabel of Ohr & Pilz music Produktion. BASF offered to finance it. So it became a subsidiairy of BASF. The label had it’s own design. The numbering is in order of release from BASF. Years of activity: 1971-1972. Into total the label released 20 albums and 7 singles.

2021276 9 - In der Garten Pharaos - 1971
2029143 1 - Hosianna Mantra - 1972


Ohr was started by Kaiser in around 1969-1970 in assistance by Peter Meisel. The first lp was released in April 1970. The final release was completed in December 1973 and released early 1974. During this time span, Ohr released 33 albums and twelve 7" singles. The label shut down in 1975 and archive were stored at Dierks Studio. And several albums from the catalogue were licensed by Dierks’ Venus Records.
‘Kosmische Musik’ is the only original Ohr-release containing music by Popol Vuh. This double album opens with an excerpt from ‘In den Garten Pharaos’. Other artists on this double-album are Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Temple.

2/56027 - Kosmische Musik (sampler) - 1972


When Ohr stopped, Kosmische Musik took over.The lalbel started as Komscihe Kurriere but changed its name into Kosmische Musik after the third release. Many musicians who first released their music on Ohr and Pilz changed to this label, that was again initiated by Rolf Ulrich Kaiser in 1973. ‘Einsjäger & Siebenjäger’(1975) marked the end of this label.

KM 58009 - Seligpreisung - 1974
KM 58017 - Einsjäger und Siebenjäger - 1975



Joseph D.Rowland (Pallbearer):

"Popol Vuh is one of my favorite bands of all time. I'm not really sure how I came across Popol Vuh years ago, but they have consistently stuck with me as one of the most atmosphere-filled music groups that's able to conjure up such an incredible feeling, a meditative feeling, with simple but with awesome melodies, hypnotic". (2013)

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