PHILIP GLASS (featuring YO-YO MA) - NAQOYQATSI – LIFE AS WAR
Naqoyqatsi is the third and final film in the Qatsi trilogy, meaning “life as war”. About
eighty percent of Naqoyqatsi uses archive footage and stock images manipulated
and processed digitally on non-linear editing (workstations and intercut with
specially-produced computer-generated imagery to demonstrate society’s transition
from a natural environment to a technology-based one. Just like its predecessors
Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi the music was composed by Philip Glass. Performed
by members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and featuring the amazing Yo-Yo Ma
on cello, this completes the lengthy score which was begun for this film series with
“Koyaanisqatsi” in 1982. The music is more in the traditional orchestral tradition than
much of Glass’s work as a familiar doorway to images so disconnected from the
familiar world. One instrument, the cello, plays through much of the piece. Some
unconventional instruments are used in addition to traditional ones, including a
didgeridoo and an electronically-created jaw harp.
This wonderful release includes an 8-page booklet and insert with info on the Philip
Glass series on MOV, coming in 2020 / 2021.