Monday, 18 May 2009

Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi

U.S., 1983

Koyaanisqatsi is the structural musical piece companion to the 1982 film from Godfrey Reggio, a great documentary – the first of the Qatsi trilogy.
The word Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi term for:

– 1. crazy life; 2. life in turmoil; 3. life out of balance; 4. life disintegrating; 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living;

And although any 2-minute google search will tell you all of this, it will probably also slightly mention the deeply moving – dense, quiet, tense and some other adjectives – nature of both Reggio's and Glass' opus.

I do recommend the whole experience.


1. Koyaanisqatsi
2. Organic
3. Cloudscape
4. Resource
5. Vessels
6. Pruit Igoe
7. The Grid
8. Prophecies