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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a wonderful Trilogy
Koyaanisqatsi is part of a magical musical and visual trilogy. Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi complete the holy trinity.
Glass' music is spectacular and, once you have seen the video then the music, which stands monumental in it's own right, will haunt you with it's memorable interplay with the images captured by Godfrey reggio.
This is a soundtrack which is almost...
Published on 27 Feb 2005 by Dale A. Haines

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3.0 out of 5 stars New insight on an old favourite
I saw Koyaanisqatsi on its original theatrical release and loved it. I'm now on my second copy of the original soundtrack album and when I saw this was available as well, I grabbed a copy.

As the sleeve notes explain, there's a lot more to this version. "The Grid" on the original CD was cut down by a third to fit an LP format; here the complete version has...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a wonderful Trilogy, 27 Feb 2005
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Dale A. Haines "master_ice" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Koyaanisqatsi (Audio CD)
Koyaanisqatsi is part of a magical musical and visual trilogy. Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi complete the holy trinity.
Glass' music is spectacular and, once you have seen the video then the music, which stands monumental in it's own right, will haunt you with it's memorable interplay with the images captured by Godfrey reggio.
This is a soundtrack which is almost insidious in its ability to dive deep into your psyche.
To my mind this is truly Glass' masterwork.
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3.0 out of 5 stars New insight on an old favourite, 28 May 2014
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I saw Koyaanisqatsi on its original theatrical release and loved it. I'm now on my second copy of the original soundtrack album and when I saw this was available as well, I grabbed a copy.

As the sleeve notes explain, there's a lot more to this version. "The Grid" on the original CD was cut down by a third to fit an LP format; here the complete version has been reinstated. All in all, there's around half an hour more music here than there is on the OST.It's important to emphasise that this is a rerecording of Glass's original score, not the recording used for the film. It's great to hear new versions of the music, but at the same time I've become so used to the tonalities and ambience of that original recording that listening to this feels slightly odd, as if you've arrived home to find all the furniture ever so slightly out of place from where you remember leaving it. Although to my ears it lacks some of the warmth of the original soundtrack, the new recording is far more precise and accomplished (the Philip Glass Ensemble have been playing this music for a while now) and it's a fine addition to Glass's catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 2 Jan 2010
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Just hypnotic. I've been listening to this on spotify, but wanted a more portable copy - job done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life out of Balance, 21 Jan 2000
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John Mounsey "Mounsey Web Consultancy" (Sheffield, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Koyaanisqatsi (Audio CD)
Please, just buy this CD. Furthermore, if you have arrived at this product page by accident and wonder what on earth 'Koyaanisqatsi' *is*, then I suggest that you try and get hold of the film too.
Philip Glass (The Secret Agent, Powaaqatsi, Anima Mundi) excelled himself with this entralling piece of music which was composed back in the early 1980's. Much like the film itself, the music is a utterly absorbing experience and admitedly will also not be everyone's cup of tea. Basically, it will either leap to the top of your collection, or you'll sit and wonder what on earth you ever bought it.
Stand out tracks? Well, the opening epic title piece - Koyaanisqatsi is perhaps the most powerful piece of all, but the final track Prophecies pushes it all the way. The pace of the CD moves into the frenetic category with middle pieces and matches the fantastic imagery which is present in the film beat for beat.
Overall, think carefully before obtaining this CD. I suggest that you see the film first. If you like the film, you'll want this CD as soon as possible. If you don't understand the power of the film, you'll go nowhere near the CD and save some money.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal ambient work by one of THE creators of the genre., 10 Dec 1999
This review is from: Koyaanisqatsi (Audio CD)
Philip Glass's film soundtrack "Koyaanisqatsi" is ideally listened to along with the film itself: a film without dialogue directed by Francis Ford Coppola, showing glimpses of life around the world. As a soundtrack alone, Glass's music is beautifully simple, and simply beautiful, and illustrates exactly why he is an inspiration to today's 'ambient' creators. Without being too sparse or minimal in construction, Glass 'economises' in sounds, preferring simple repetitive melodies and noises which progress over several minutes, to overcomplicated multi-layered music, the result being emotionally charged and 'subliminal'. As with ALL ambient music, it is just as easily listened to at low volume for falling asleep to, or as loud as possible, when the music seems to transform. This album does stand up on its own, but it is important to remember that Glass composed it as an accompaniment to the film, and the moods he conveys match the images perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-class music, 17 Jan 2010
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David Rutten (Poprad, Slovakia) - See all my reviews
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Koyaanisqatsi ought to belong in any Top N. Possibly the most innovative and touching 'classical' music since Bach. Now that I'm familiar with it, I would not want to live without it.
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