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 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

On the note of album completeness, does anyone know how close to complete Powaaqatsi and Naqoyqatsi are?

Chris.

They both contain all the movements from the scores, just edited down by a few minutes in some cases, like the opening cue from Powaqqatsi and "Massman" from Naqoyqatsi. Unfortunately some really good cello passages from the latter were trimmed from the album.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

I was impatient for this release and didn't want to wait for a pressed disk to arrive, so I took the plunge on the iTunes release. I don't think too many people are going to be bothered by the missing 7 or 8 minutes of music on this one.

I am a huge fan of Koyaanisqatsi and, particularly, Naqoyqatsi. In fact I would put the latter score as one of the top 10 scores of the 2000s and so I'm sad to report that, after a couple of listens, I'm not finding much to recommend on this one. If you were to take the dullest, dreariest sections of Koya- and Naqoy- and expand those to album length, you might get something approximating Visitors.

Maybe, I'll find something in this work with a few more listens, but for right now, this one goes down as a crushing disappointment. Anyone else have any thoughts?

Chris.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2013 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

I've been listening to Visitors on and off for a few days now and my opinion of it has risen. It's still a considerably more subdued piece than the Qatsi trilogy and is weaker than those scores. It suffers for the lack of a choral element and prominent instrumental soloists that characterized the earlier works. Has anyone else had a chance to hear it?

Here's an article about the forthcoming premier of visitors including the score to be played live to screen:

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/09/06/heart-of-glass-the-music-of-tiff-from-orchestras-to-fictional-songwriters/

Chris

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Thanks for the article. Really hope I get to see the film in a cinema instead of having to wait for Blu-ray. I'll be getting the score soon enough -- I'm just getting over my indignation at having to drop $10 for a download razz

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Finally got the CD and listened to it last night and this morning. Sadly, like Chris said, this is sort of a disappointment. It's very solid, and "Gone" is beautiful, and the "theme" that bookends the score is very interesting, but much of what comes between is Glass at both his most intensely minimalist and, unfortunately, kind of banal. It's certainly not excellent like Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, and definitely not in the league of a masterpiece like Koyaanisqatsi. Hopefully it'll deepen on repeat listens. One of the things I think really hampers it is just how very dry the recording and performance are. :/

Still can't wait to see the film, though.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I agree with the posters above. This score is certainly not without interest, but it's a very long slog with not a whole lot of variation. All the (long) pieces are of a type, and while there is beauty in them, for me they don't really reward a close listen. What's great about the Glass scores (and symphonies) I love is that the sort of slow meditations that make up the entirety of this album are alternated with some truly audacious writing. Not here. I'm sure it's what the film needed, but as a listening experience, it's of minimal interest. (Yes, that's a pun.)

 
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