PT. Universal Music Indonesia
Release date
10 Apr 1995
Running length
6 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Koyaanisqatsi 3:32 81,774
2 Vessels 8:06 46,665
3 Cloudscape 4:40 52,554
4 Pruit Igoe 7:03 61,827
5 The Grid 14:56 40,117
6 Prophecies 8:11 34,906

About this album

Glass’s earlier works - from Music In Similar Motion (1969) through the operas Einstein on the Beach (1976), Satyagraha (1980) and Akhnaten (1983) - had won him respect and influence within the musical world. But it was Koyaanisqatsi, which was finally issued in 1983 after several years in the making, that marked the composer’s first great popular success.

Indeed, it could be argued that Koyaanisqatsi, a collaboration with the filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, has proved the most influential mating of cinema and music after Fantasia in 1940. Everybody in the music or entertainment business seems to have borrowed from it at some point or another, and not always for the good.

Still, the original Koyaanisqatsi remains inviolate. Although the 87-minute film is completely non-narrative, without a single identifiable character or a word of dialogue, it is as thrilling as any mystery, as sumptuous as any Hollywood spectacular. A cavalcade of potent visions - clouds chasing clouds across a New Mexican desert, the mass dynamiting of a failed housing project in St. Louis, hives of people swarming in and out of Grand Central Station, hectic traffic swapping lanes on the Los Angeles freeways - Koyaanisqatsi finally evolves into a vast cinematic ballet, music and motion forever interweaving and intertwined.

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