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KOYAANISQATSI (Complete Original Soundtrack Version) [Import, Soundtrack]

Philip Glass , Michael Riesman , Philip Glass Ensemble Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Resource 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Vessels 8:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Philip Glass
  • Orchestra: Philip Glass Ensemble
  • Conductor: Michael Riesman
  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B0027534EU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This album of music from the film KOYAANISQATSI is the original motion picture soundtrack. This 13- track-76-minute album includes never before heard music as well as sound effects from the film and is the original recording done for the film. Michael Riesman conducts the Philip Glass Ensemble.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'Koyaanisqatsi' is a great film and I have watched it many times...I have listened to the original soundtrack even more. I also enjoyed musical cues that were in the movie that were not in the original soundtrack release; I used to have to watch the movie to hear these unreleased musical cues/cuts. Naturally, as someone who has almost every Glass release I was glad to see they would finally add these other cues onto a complete version of this amazing soundtrack.

Listening to the completed soundtrack creates a mood that is much more like watching the film itself as you hear some of the pieces weaving right into each other as they do in the film (rather than silence between tracks). The incorporation of some of the actual sounds from the film in the extra cues works much better than I thought it would. So it is a fine representation and recreation of the entire film's soundtrack onto CD and worth five stars for concept and reproduction of the original film music.

My only issue with this new release would be with sound quality. I find there are several places on the recording where the quality of the sound is 'iffy' compared to the original CD release. If the degredated quality was only in the unreleased tracks I could understand, but I heard some strange anomalies during tracks that sounded fine on the original CD. One track, 'Vessels' (#5 on this disc) starts out clearly and normally enough but in the middle section when the instruments enter the entire sound of the music and chorus suddenly sounds like they are playing in a tunnel. It becomes almost impossible to pick out individual instruments and everything kind of blends together into an heavy echo/reverb-like resonance.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece finally restored to its full glory June 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw the 1983 movie "Koyaanisqatsi" when it came out, I was a graduate student in Washington, DC at the time, and it made an enormous impact on me then, both for its visual impact, and of course because of the music. It was in a sense a coming out-party for Philip Glass, who gained mainstream success with the score. I bought the soundtrack when it came out, in its 46 min. abbreviated version. Philip Glass re-recorded the music at some point, but now, finally, after 26 years, comes the fully restored original motion soundtrack.

"Koyaanisquatsi" (13 tracks; 77 min.) is an unbelievably beautiful musical journey, starting with the title track (who can ever forget the low-booming voice proclaiming Koyaanisquatsi, or Life in Turmoil). Great tracks follow one after another, such as the majestic "Clouds", the great choir leading off "Vessels", eventually leading to the major piece, the 18+ min. "The Grids" which just blows you away. In all, hearing the original soundtrack in its full 77 min. glory, remastered and sounding better than ever, is something that was long, long overdue.

I have not seen the movie since I saw it in 1983, and I am itching to see it again, but am afraid that seeing it on DVD will simply not do it justice. This is a movie begging to be seen on the large screen. Given the debate that is going on about climate change and sustainability, I would hope that this movie (like the soundtrack) will find a new audience, at the big screen. Meanwhile, I cannot emphasize enough what a terrific reissue this soundtrack is. By all means, buy it (even if you have the early incomplete version), you will not be disappointed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The complete soundtrack is available, but still not here. September 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a piece of music that is tightly connected to the film it was written for, to the point where sometimes the editing of the film was done to match the rhythm of the music. It still stands alone as a wonderful piece of music, but previous releases of "soundtrack albums" have all been sadly truncated versions. (I know, because I've bought all of them, also the VHS at an extortionate 3-digit price during those dark years when the film was unavailable.)

This one is much better, but the killer problem I have with it is that it describes itself as complete, but also describes itself as a "13-track-76-minute album". But that is still not the complete soundtrack. I also have the DVD, which is 85:42 long. Koyaanisqatsi, though it contains several distinct pieces, is a single piece of music that needs to be COMPLETE and listened to in its entirety, including the long, fading radio chatter at the end. As noted elsewhere, the sound quality of the CD is also iffy in places.

But there's a solution that I finally thought of just this morning. My favourite piece of driving music is Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, and I thought it would also be nice to have the ENTIRE Koyaanisqatsi score to listen to, and hey: I own the DVD Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance. (I've watched it about 25 times in several states, including NY and MA, and also some that perhaps occupy other dimensions.)

So I "ripped" the DVD into Apple Lossless format for my iPod (using the free software Audacity), which is legal since I own the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Beautiful
Absolutely beautiful from start to finish. A complete masterpiece. I may sound like a typical review here but trust me, this is one of the happiest buys I've had in a long time. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mythos
5.0 out of 5 stars Pruitt Igoe is one of the best things I've ever listened to
Couldn't find this on Spotify anymore, so I bought it here. Angelic music. Pruitt Igoe is one of the best things I've ever listened to.
Published 22 days ago by Michael D. Denvir
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
The perfect score to accompany this beautiful film. The music is powerful and timeless. Great to work to, or keep you calm as your driving through the "grid".
Published 4 months ago by Sonya Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Koyaanisqatsi recommended by Brett N. Steenbarger
While trading the markets and writing my novel High Desert Gambler I came across Steenbarguer's The Psychology of Trading. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rocky Reef
5.0 out of 5 stars All time album
With out a shred of a on my all time favorite albums. I love working to it as well.
Published 4 months ago by A. Glazier
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE
If you liked Koyaanisqatsi and have the 1998 recording, you need to own this and experience the original/correct official soundtrack. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rock fan
4.0 out of 5 stars good imagnative music
i ordered this after a long demanding search on the several versions which were printed.this has the full soundtrack and good sound as well
Published 5 months ago by lotus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tracks
Love the music.
Watch the movie too with this. You will need to have a good sound system for this or a good set of headphones. (beats by dre dont count as good headdphones) ;)
Published 5 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Philip glass soundtrack
Greatest Philip glass soundtrack. Love the movie. Very important in today's modern world to stop. And see the every day beauty on this planet
Published 6 months ago by B. brown
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the better version?
I have this and the original black album and I strongly prefer the black album. The sound on this is much shallower, with that awesome room-rattling bass during the opening cut in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Stephen
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