The Lincoln Center just presented the Philip Glass Ensemble accompanying the film trilogy Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. The Qatsi trilogy website here via L'atielier olij. Recent comments on Koyaanisqatsi...
“Koyaanisqatsi,” which was shot during the nineteen-seventies and released in 1983, is the masterpiece in the series, and a singular event in film history. There is no more potent example of a score dominating a film...an awesomely dispassionate vision of the human world, beautiful and awful in equal measure.. Alex Ross in the New Yorker.
Mr. Glass's music, though, changed greatly from film to film, and in each score he explored new ground. In ''Koyaanisqatsi,'' he moved from the abstractions of additive process, which yielded works like ''Music in 12 Parts'' and ''Einstein on the Beach,'' to what was then an uncharacteristically lush, even neo-Romantic sound. Allan Kozinn in the New York Times.
Koyaanisqatsi is the most amazing movie I’ve ever seen, a perfect marriage of visuals and sound. It’s single-handedly responsible for the Philip Glass wing of my CD collection. dorkus mallorkus (URL not work-safe).
Sidenote: The word "Koyaanisqatsi" is a Hopi Indian noun for "life out of balance; crazy life; life in turmoil; life disintegrating; a state of life that calls for another way of living"...I like that last one...it's holds more promise than the one before it...double laters... CeeP
This movie is full of great imagery to be used for video backgrounds and what-not. Especially useful are the time-lapse cloud shots and the flowing water shots. Jesse Anderson on Faith Creative.
The soundtrack is actually a constant, haunting, apocalyptic chant in the Hopi dialect which fits perfectly with the visual images shown. taz on confessions of a serial slacker
Alex Ross has written a long and skinny, yet deep and interesting, article about movie scores throughout history with an emphasis on Philip Glass' score to Koyaanisqatsi. I actually managed to fall asleep during a performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble of the score to the same movie...never have been a huge fan of Mr Glass. Interesting article none the less. akvarium
Me, I'm still on my year-long time-out from watching the film (and which, I suppose, also includes not closely reading the Alex Ross article) so I can better assess if the music stands on its own. The answer is presumably yes, given how dramatic it is.
Apologies for the link.