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Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film) mp3 album

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film) mp3 album
  • Performer: Philip Glass
  • Title: Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)
  • Genre: Electronic / Classical
  • Country: US
  • Music style: Modern Classical, Ambient, Soundtrack, Minimal
  • MP3 size: 1130 mb
  • FLAC size 1894 mb

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Koyaanisqatsi (Complete Original Soundtrack). This is in my opinion the best and most thorough recording of the score.

Koyaanisqatsi (English: /koʊjɑːnɪsˈkɑːtsiː/), also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music.

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, filmmaker Godfrey Reggio travelled across North America building up a collection of observational film material. With cinematograher Ron Fricke sections of this footage were crafted together using time lapse and slow motion effects plus some stock footage, into an artistic film called Koyaanisqatsi which was released in 1982. Although it wasn't the original intention of the first film, 20 years later the pair completed the third film in what is now known as the "Qatsi Trilogy". Philip Glass's music is a key part of the film's impact, and the soundtrack album makes a powerful work in its own right.

Koyaanisqatsi (Soundtrack). My recommendation is to see it with the film but the soundtrack stands on its own as an amazing piece of music. The score for Powaqqatsi is also brilliant but perhaps because, as noted on the 'extras' on the DVD, no one was waiting for this movie, this stands out as an inspired piece, moreso than Powaqqatsi (which is also brilliant but in a different way).

The 2013 film Visitors reunited Philip Glass with the American experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, the director of Koyaanisqatsi and several successor films that not only spawned some of Glass' most famous scores, but pushed his music in a new direction. The kinetic images of Koyaanisqatsi, symbolic of the out-of-control complexity of civilization, stimulated a new intensity in Glass' compositions, manifesting itself in a wider tonal palette and a new textural variety that soon spread itself across his more abstract output as well.


A1 Koyaanisqatsi 3:30
A2 Vessels 8:03
A3 Cloudscape 4:41
A4 Pruit Igoe 7:02
B1 The Grid 14:50
B2 Prophecies 8:10

Companies, etc.

  • Pressed By – Sonopress


  • Bass – John Beal, John Bongiorno*
  • Bass Trombone – George Flynn
  • Cello – Beverly Lauridsen, Fred Zlotkin, Kermit Moore, Seymour Barab
  • Chorus – The Western Wind
  • Conductor, Keyboards, Remix – Michael Riesman
  • Engineer – Dominick Maita, Joe Lopes, Rod Hui
  • French Horn – Albert Richmond, Brooks Tillotson, Peter Gordon , Russell Rizner, Sharon Moe
  • Piccolo Flute, Flute – Tom Nyfenger
  • Producer, Composed By – Philip Glass
  • Producer, Remix – Kurt Munkacsi
  • Saxophone – Jon Gibson , Richard Peck
  • Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Bob Mintzer
  • Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Jack Kripl
  • Tape Op – Frank Dickinson
  • Trombone – Bob Smith, Jim Pugh, Keith O'Quinn
  • Trumpet – Allan Dean, Charles Lewis , Lew Soloff, Lowell Hershey, Mark Gould
  • Tuba – Samuel Pilafian, Warren Deck
  • Viola – Jean R. Dane, Jill Jaffe, Sue Pray, Theodore Israel
  • Voice – Albert De Ruiter

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched and stamped): 205626 A-1/83 S 111
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched and stamped): 205626 B-1/83 S 111

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ASTA 1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture) ‎(LP, Album) Antilles ASTA 1 US 1983
814 042-2, IMCD 98 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi ‎(CD, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Masters, Antilles 814 042-2, IMCD 98 Europe Unknown
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi ‎(LP, Album) Island Records 205 626 Europe 1983
ISTA 4 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi ‎(LP, Album) Island Records ISTA 4 UK 1983
25S-178 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film) ‎(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records, Polystar 25S-178 Japan 1983

Comments: (1)
Get a chance to see the film on big screen. And then listen to that music again at home!
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