Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Philip Glass|Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)

Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)

Philip Glass

Available in
16-Bit CD Quality 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

Philip Glass' score for Godfrey Reggio's 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi comes from one of his most fertile creative periods, soon after Satyagraha and about five years after Einstein on the Beach, and it contains some of his most immediately appealing music. For listeners who are not likely to wade into one of his huge operas, Koyaanisqatsi's manageable dimensions make it an ideal introduction to Glass' work (if there is in fact anyone out there who has not yet been introduced to it) because many of its sections are so memorably distinctive. The opening, with a broadly amplified very low bass intoning the film's title (which means "life out of balance" in Hopi) while the orchestra weaves an apocalyptically menacing web is one of Glass' most unforgettable inventions. The ululating chorus of mixed voices, "Vessels," at first unaccompanied, and then joined by the throbbing of instruments, is a marvel of open-throated lyricism that should dispel any stereotypical misconceptions of Glass as a rigidly mechanistic technician. The 1983 soundtrack includes about 46 minutes of music, a little more than half the length of the film. The strongest tracks are included, and while the listener with a passion for completeness may want to seek out the complete soundtrack, released for the first time in 2009, there is plenty here to savor. Glass' ensemble, as always, performs with mind-boggling discipline and soulful commitment, and because of the darkly pessimistic tone of the film, with a stark and sobering gravity. His use of a large ensemble of orchestral instruments, as well as the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, along with electronic instruments, allows him a wide palette, ranging from the warm of human voices to the high-tech pulsing of synthesizers. Careful engineering is integral to Glass' compositional process, so the CD's sound is certainly his own best realization of his artistic vision.
© TiVo

More info

Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)

Philip Glass

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 80 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 80 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From $10.83/month

1
Koyaanisqatsi (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:03:32

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Vessels (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:08:06

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Cloudscape (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:04:40

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Pruit Igoe (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:07:03

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
The Grid (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:14:56

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Prophecies (Koyaanisqatsi/Soundtrack Version)
00:08:11

Philip Glass, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kurt Munkacsi, Producer

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Philip Glass' score for Godfrey Reggio's 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi comes from one of his most fertile creative periods, soon after Satyagraha and about five years after Einstein on the Beach, and it contains some of his most immediately appealing music. For listeners who are not likely to wade into one of his huge operas, Koyaanisqatsi's manageable dimensions make it an ideal introduction to Glass' work (if there is in fact anyone out there who has not yet been introduced to it) because many of its sections are so memorably distinctive. The opening, with a broadly amplified very low bass intoning the film's title (which means "life out of balance" in Hopi) while the orchestra weaves an apocalyptically menacing web is one of Glass' most unforgettable inventions. The ululating chorus of mixed voices, "Vessels," at first unaccompanied, and then joined by the throbbing of instruments, is a marvel of open-throated lyricism that should dispel any stereotypical misconceptions of Glass as a rigidly mechanistic technician. The 1983 soundtrack includes about 46 minutes of music, a little more than half the length of the film. The strongest tracks are included, and while the listener with a passion for completeness may want to seek out the complete soundtrack, released for the first time in 2009, there is plenty here to savor. Glass' ensemble, as always, performs with mind-boggling discipline and soulful commitment, and because of the darkly pessimistic tone of the film, with a stark and sobering gravity. His use of a large ensemble of orchestral instruments, as well as the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, along with electronic instruments, allows him a wide palette, ranging from the warm of human voices to the high-tech pulsing of synthesizers. Careful engineering is integral to Glass' compositional process, so the CD's sound is certainly his own best realization of his artistic vision.
© TiVo

About the album

Distinctions:

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

On sale now...

Happier Than Ever (Explicit)

Billie Eilish

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish

To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Explicit version)

Kendrick Lamar

More on Qobuz
By Philip Glass

Minimalism: A Classical Aesthetic

Philip Glass

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 14, "Liechtenstein" / Piano Concerto No. 1, "Tirol" / Echorus

Philip Glass

Glassworks - Expanded Edition

Philip Glass

Tales from the Loop

Philip Glass

Tales from the Loop Philip Glass

The Hours (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Philip Glass

Playlists

You may also like...

Stranger Things 4 (Original Score From The Netflix Series)

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Our Blues OST Part 4

Jimin , HA SUNG WOON

Our Blues OST Part 4 Jimin , HA SUNG WOON

Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Hans Zimmer

A Star Is Born Soundtrack

Lady Gaga

No Time To Die

Hans Zimmer

No Time To Die Hans Zimmer
In your panoramas...
Neoclassicism: The New World Between Classical Music and Electro

Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Poppy Ackroyd, Peter Broderick, Joana Gama... In recent years, these popular names have all been grouped under the vast and imprecise label "neoclassical". In truth, this "scene" looks more like a motley crew of curious artists who mix classical instruments with electronic production. Drawing influence from American minimalism, these musicians tantalise the senses and expand horizons on both sides of the musical spectrum.

The Struggles of Nina Simone

Although today she is seen as one of the most original voices in jazz and soul, Nina Simone's life was anything but a smooth and gentle climb to the top. The woman who dreamed of being the first black American classical pianist had to struggle against others, against her own family, and even against herself.

8 Great Women of Electronic

From the pioneers of musique concrete to the stars of 21st century clubbing, Qobuz is celebrating eight women who have left their own distinct marks on electronic music over the past fifty years.

In the news...