In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Philip Glass: “Slo Mo People”

Philip Glass is one of those divisive composers whom people either really like or really hate. I’ve always really liked him, especially after I saw Godfrey Reggio’s insanely beautiful Koyaanisqatsi (1982) when I was in high school. If you’ve never seen this film, you really should; the entire thing is basically one gigantic music video. It’s not your normal kind of movie, with characters or a plot; nor is it a “documentary” per se. It’s just a series of things happening, like deserts and thunderstorms developing over time, then human beings evolving and building machines and ripping the planet apart. It’s absolutely beautiful, not to mention dark and apocalyptic. (Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” and it is roughly equivalent to the Egyptian concept of isfet. If too much koyaanisqatsi happens, the world will cave in on itself.)

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One response to “Philip Glass: “Slo Mo People”

  1. Leeby Geeby September 25, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Yes I have seen it. It’s awesome. One of my favorite movies!

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