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Philip Glass — Anthem Part 1
Album: Powaqqatsi
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7.2

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Released: 1988
Length: 6:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(instrumental)
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 jtherieau wrote:

Your RP handle speaks volumes. Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger Effect?
 
BURN!  Fairly certain that little troll toddled off and won't be back for that to sail over its head.

Music aside, I LOVE the Wikipedia photo for Glass signing autographs.
I imagine him saying, "Yes dear, and how do you spell that?"
If you haven't seen the movie this comes from, it's about how the "developed nations" prey upon and take advantage of "developing nations." There is no plot, characters or dialog. It's all just music and cinematography. Whether or not you agree with the politics, it is a powerful statement. The title "Powaquatsi" is Hopi.
 Salamus wrote:
To me this sounds like the grace and majesty of the weak and voiceless.
 
To me this sounds like Fanfare for the Common Man meets Colonel Bogey March, with a dash of Chariots of Fire.

I like it, in spite of this observation.
Thought it was some OMD there for awhile.
To me this sounds like the grace and majesty of the weak and voiceless.
Danged if this dosen't sound like music from The Truman Show! Glass did that too.
 alisathegreat wrote:
How is this dude not dead yet? Gah. Can't stand his music.
 
Your RP handle speaks volumes. Ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger Effect?
How is this dude not dead yet? Gah. Can't stand his music.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
And before Powaqqatski was Koyaanisqatsi.

 
MiguelEI wrote:
Before that was POWAQQATSI!!

Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This is from The Truman Show.  Great soundtrack!

 


 

 


Powaqqatski is visually and aurally stunning!!! Bought the DVD through the RP Amazon link because I heard this on RP. Thanks BillG and Rebecca!!!
Epic use of this in the mask.. No wait... Ace ventura
 aelfheld wrote:

It would be more accurate to say The Truman Show made use of it in the soundtrack.

 
Either way, thanks for reminding me where I know this from!
And before Powaqqatski was Koyaanisqatsi.

 
MiguelEI wrote:
Before that was POWAQQATSI!!

Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This is from The Truman Show.  Great soundtrack!

 


 

 idiot_wind wrote:
This song makes me want to wave banners, flags and then dance a ballet. Wow.  
 
{#Clap}
This song makes me want to wave banners, flags and then dance a ballet. Wow.  
Just fantastic music ! thanks Bill.
after hearing  glass i.m shattered{#Cheesygrin}
OK, normally I find Philip Glass to be unbearably self-absorbed and pompous...

And to this is REALLY self-absorbed and pompous, but it's so openly, honestly so that I appreciate if for what it is.  
Wonderful piece of music. Part 3 is even better.
Aaron Copland rolls over in his grave. Pure schlok.
Beautiful example of minimalism. Glass at his finest. 
Music folk: is this 10/8 time
Before that was POWAQQATSI!!

Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This is from The Truman Show.  Great soundtrack!

 


 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This is from The Truman Show.  Great soundtrack!
 
It would be more accurate to say The Truman Show made use of it in the soundtrack.
If you like Philip Glass find and listen to his work with Uakti.
 sfyi2001 wrote:

                                 Nearly perfect, after that Afro Celt-Big Cat nightmare ~
 

 
Agreed.
This is from The Truman Show.  Great soundtrack!
I don't think I have ever heard anything from Mr. Glass that I didn't at least like the first time I heard it - net alone love.   This piece is serious love.{#Hearteyes}



                                 Nearly perfect, after that Afro Celt-Big Cat nightmare ~




 
The wife and I just returned from a trip to 30A in Florida, and spent lots of time in Seaside where the Truman Show was filmed. It's a gorgeous town. 

Our AirBnB had the DVD for Truman Show in it, so we watched it while we were there. 

This song just reminds me of the beach now. :)
 dimar wrote:
This SAME EXACT image is a still taken from a video by Alt-J in the song TARO.  Check it out on Youtube.  This same boy is walking along and that same truck drives by and dusts him.
 
Your sequencing is backwards, if I understand you correctly.  This album was released in 1988, while the Alt-J song was released in 2012.

From fstopper.comChances are you've heard of Alt-J or could recognize several of their hit songs currently being played on every indie rock station. What you may not know is that their song Taro was written about the first female war photojournalist and her life partner who both died doing what they love.
 VH1 wrote:
He is simply the BEST contemporary composer! More of it!{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}

 
Amen! {#Yes}
Boring and repetitive....1
boooooooooooooooring....
 dimar wrote:
This SAME EXACT image is a still taken from a video by Alt-J in the song TARO.  Check it out on Youtube.  This same boy is walking along and that same truck drives by and dusts him.

 
Interesting. I wonder why Alt-J used the still from the film that this is a soundtrack of? Quite a film and quite a soundtrack, furshur!
He is simply the BEST contemporary composer! More of it!{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
This SAME EXACT image is a still taken from a video by Alt-J in the song TARO.  Check it out on Youtube.  This same boy is walking along and that same truck drives by and dusts him.
I thought that this was an extra long intro to a live version of Biko by Peter Gabriel.
 lathyris wrote:
God, since when did RP start playing soundtrack music. I'm not watching a darnfriggin movie!
 
Funny.  What you call a 'movie', I thought was the 'visualtrack' to the music.
 JohnnySockhead wrote:
In context with the movie visuals this and the whole soundtrack is a solid 10.

 

I've forgotten the visuals, and still this soundtrack is a 10.  
 JohnnySockhead wrote:
In context with the movie visuals this and the whole soundtrack is a solid 10.

 
Right on JS!
Love this music (Used for Truman Show too)
In context with the movie visuals this and the whole soundtrack is a solid 10.
 chasech5 wrote:
IMHO the greatest of all the Philip Glass soundtracks and the best of the Godfrey Reggio Trilogy. An amazing piece. One of the few pieces able to clear Basement Jaxx out of my heard.

 
Yes, an amazing piece of music. But, also, though it is little heard, the soundtrack he did 20+ years ago for a Paul Schrader film on Yukio Mishima was stunning as well. But Powaqqatsi is stupendous because it is married to eye-popping evocative real time documentary images, not recreated drama. 
Never knew I liked anything by  Philip Glass
They used this in The Truman Show, didn't they? I recognized it in a second!
IMHO the greatest of all the Philip Glass soundtracks and the best of the Godfrey Reggio Trilogy. An amazing piece. One of the few pieces able to clear Basement Jaxx out of my heard.
A good subwoofer helps in the appreciation.  First film in the series the clear winner...
 lathyris wrote:
God, since when did RP start playing soundtrack music. I'm not watching a darnfriggin movie!
 
Uhh, there is some played here, perhaps most prominently one of the greatest movie scores ever, The Last Temptation of Christ by Peter Gabriel. You really should put your ears on. 
 
better with the visuals...
Was nothing real?
not my taste
Well okay okay, I never said there isn't good soundtrack music out there! But some soundtrack music is such generically bland soundtrack music that is should stay in the background of a movie -- where it belongs! Your examples clearly don't fit that discription; they stand fine separately from any other media! lmic wrote:
God, since when did RP start playing show tunes(1), TV themes(2), opera(3), and scores from cheeseball European mondos(4)?? (1) Miles Davis/George Gershwin - "It Ain't Necessarily So," from Porgy and Bess (2) Vince Guaraldi Trio - "Linus and Lucy," from A Charlie Brown Christmas (3) Rimsky-Korsakov - "Flight of the Bumblebee," from The Tale of Tsar Saltan (4) "Manah Manah," originating in the pseudo-documentary, soft-core porno Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden, Heaven and Hell) (not Cake's version, of course) See, good music comes from LOTS of different sources. (Though Sweden, Heaven and Hell must take some kind of prize! :lol: )
deanofox wrote:
HAHAHA! very good (in a crap kinda way) Oh come on hes got talent and lots of puff!
For sure. His score was one of the reasons Errol Morris' Thin Blue Line was so effective. I was just taking a cheap shot.
lathyris wrote:
God, since when did RP start playing soundtrack music. I'm not watching a darnfriggin movie!
God, since when did RP start playing show tunes(1), TV themes(2), opera(3), and scores from cheeseball European mondos(4)?? (1) Miles Davis/George Gershwin - "It Ain't Necessarily So," from Porgy and Bess (2) Vince Guaraldi Trio - "Linus and Lucy," from A Charlie Brown Christmas (3) Rimsky-Korsakov - "Flight of the Bumblebee," from The Tale of Tsar Saltan (4) "Manah Manah," originating in the pseudo-documentary, soft-core porno Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden, Heaven and Hell) (not Cake's version, of course) See, good music comes from LOTS of different sources. (Though Sweden, Heaven and Hell must take some kind of prize! :lol: )
JennyAnyDots wrote:
Brilliant. Exactly what I needed this Monday morning at work. Inspirational and transporting!
I find it depressing and repetitive and cumbersome
lathyris wrote:
God, since when did RP start playing soundtrack music. I'm not watching a darnfriggin movie!
It's not important whether it's a soundtrack song or a song.....it's music.... And good music at that! :D
God, since when did RP start playing soundtrack music. I'm not watching a darnfriggin movie!
Brilliant. Exactly what I needed this Monday morning at work. Inspirational and transporting!
great films, great music if you want real repetitiveness, try Einstein on the Beach!
Pyro wrote:
You either love Glass, or you don't. He's subtle in the changes (so people hear repetitiveness), but I love his work. It's an 8 for me.
So agree!
Okay, Bill, after all these dunderhead comments here, please play the intro from Koyaanisqatsi and we'll REALLY have some fun.
cosmiclint wrote:
knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? Philip Glass
HAHAHA! very good (in a crap kinda way) Oh come on hes got talent and lots of puff!
Inexplicably rose to a 9. Powaqqcropcircles?
Pyro wrote:
You either love Glass, or you don't. He's subtle in the changes (so people hear repetitiveness), but I love his work. It's an 8 for me.
It's not about the subtlety of the changes, it's about the total lack of inspiration or depth in the music itself. Extolling the subtle shifts within trite melodies is like trying to polish a piece of $#!*. I despise having my intelligence insulted by a Copland wanna-be. This is worse than the supposedly intellectual minimalism that Glass usually foists upon us. Let's face it, Philip Glass is... well, transparent. :yawn:
You either love Glass, or you don't. He's subtle in the changes (so people hear repetitiveness), but I love his work. It's an 8 for me.
:sleep: Maybe it would seem different as an accompaniment to a film. It's reminiscent of the Chariots of Fire theme. :yawn:
Alear wrote:
Might I add, that the Glass piece here is very very sexy.
Sexy like a wooden leg. Hey... is it already time for the Olympics?!
From Clive Davis: "Sexiest piece of jazz in my record collection? How about Ahmad Jamal's version of Poinciana, the smoky club equivalent of Ravel's Bolero? Or there's Stanley Turrentine's tenor sax solo on Kenny Burrell's Mule." Might I add, that the Glass piece here is very very sexy.
I heard this for the first time without knowing the credits - kept waiting for a Peter Gabriel anthem to start.
Mugen wrote:
The arrangement on The Truman Show seems to be slightly different. So it was at least re-recorded.
The same theme is repeated three times on the Powaqqatsi soundtrack, each one slightly different. For one thing, they're in different time signatures: 10/8, 12/8, and 13/8, if I recall correctly. So, this is Part 1; the version in The Truman Show was Part 2.
Appropriately titled and so stirring. I imagine looking off in the distance to witness the arrival of a great King...
Some music just needs the visual context it was created for to be complete. Nice piece, but much more effective when used as an accompaniment to film. Feels EMPTY here.
knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? knock knock who's there? Philip Glass
I agree with the comment below, it sounds like some ceremonial marching tune, with enough music to fill in the background but without enough interest or modulation to distract you from the commentators who are likely going on and on about what each athlete is wearing.
Crocodile Dundee meets Aaron Copeland?
THE TRUMAN SHOW. ahhhh, that was bothering me for such a long time, but there it is, this is also from the Truman show.
Art_Carnage wrote:
One of my favorite Glass albums. I got to see a showing of the film many years ago, with Glass and his orchestra playing the soundtrack live. Just amazing.
Wish I had seen that! Ohh, and if you ever get the opportunity to do this, make sure you go. I've seen him several times. It's always a revelation. Only film I saw him play w/orchestra was La Belle et la Bête but it was sensational.
I got this strange feeling that I want to start marchiing in the Olympics opening ceremonies...
Rafter101 wrote:
Trying ridiculously to remember another movie where I heard this--- Crocodile Dundee II, at the end, where he has been chasing the bad guys in the outback, and finally gets himself shot by his buddy. They play this song. Then a bad guy dies. Very memorable.
you heard it when Jim Carray, as Truman, first wakes up to the realization that reality may not be what he thought it was. (The Truman Show) a very inspirational scene! the music's perfect for it!
It's way toooooooooo long.
The master of the modern, western raga, Philip Glass.
:yawn: :sleep:
Trying ridiculously to remember another movie where I heard this--- Crocodile Dundee II, at the end, where he has been chasing the bad guys in the outback, and finally gets himself shot by his buddy. They play this song. Then a bad guy dies. Very memorable.
To avoid being as repetitive as Mr. Glass, I'll simply say thanks for expressing exactly what I was thinking. Bocephus wrote:
love the movies--hate the songs--though they work for the movies...on their own? Not so much. When I heard this I immediately turned down the volume and checked to see who this was so I could rate them "Sucko Barfo"...no surprise it was Phil Glass...he writes the same damn repetitive song over and over and people seem to think he's some kind of a genius.
love the movies--hate the songs--though they work for the movies...on their own? Not so much. When I heard this I immediately turned down the volume and checked to see who this was so I could rate them "Sucko Barfo"...no surprise it was Phil Glass...he writes the same damn repetitive song over and over and people seem to think he's some kind of a genius.
Love this piece of music and love the way it was used in the Truman Show. However Glass's 3rd Symphony is the best thing he has written, especially the 2nd Movement.
i love these movies. i love these albums. this was a surprise and a joy to hear on a monday morning!!! thanks!
IMO, the music was the only salvation for the 2nd and 3rd films in the Koyanasazi(sp?) series. Love this droning stuff, drives the wife crazy, though. Takes all kinds...
Art_Carnage wrote:
Although, of course, this was written for Powaqqatsi, it has since appeared in a number of films. And it seems to be one of the "go to" pieces used in film trailers (usually created before a movie has even been scored), especially those of the "triumph of man" type stories such as "Philadelphia". Its even been used for coffee commercials.
The arrangement on The Truman Show seems to be slightly different. So it was at least re-recorded.
rp_kid wrote:
just occurred to me that this is from the movie "The Truman show." knew it sounded familiar.
Although, of course, this was written for Powaqqatsi, it has since appeared in a number of films. And it seems to be one of the "go to" pieces used in film trailers (usually created before a movie has even been scored), especially those of the "triumph of man" type stories such as "Philadelphia". Its even been used for coffee commercials.
Much easier to pay bills and read old mail to this than to do it to music with vocals. Am enjoying this - :D
just occurred to me that this is from the movie "The Truman show." knew it sounded familiar.
Glad to see this in rotation again. I can listen to most of Glass' music all day and not get tired of it.
(and keep in mind I like it) .. great on a Sunday afternoon. If you like this at all and want a less "bright" kind of it, O Yuki Conjugate and some of their related projects feature similar kinds of music that aren't at all the same.
It's OK, but is probably the first thing I have heard on RP that really doesn't seem like it belongs.
:sunny: movie link
Nice diversion; good for a late night drive across the desert.
Instant recognition. Instant enjoyment. I love this! :clap:
The Qatsi trilogy is not a film in the usual sense, but instead its poetry in film with an emphisis on visuals and music. All three films look at diffrent aspects of life and culture around the world. Qatsi if IIRC means life. The first film is about life in the norhern hemisphere. The second is life in the southern hemisphere. The final film is a bit harder to describe, the title translates to life as war. It takes a look at life in the information age.
This guy does some sick good stuff! I will have to check his music out. 8. Like the concept of Powaqqatsi(?) never saw it.
This piece sounds Bolero-esque to me.
I got introduced to Philip Glass when I bought his collaboration CD with Ravi Shankar. . . and it was a complete waste; I don't like what Mr. Glass does at all. . . Hearing it here regularly at RP confirms my dislike and makes. . . me :sick: uh. . . :ass: fart!
Can't believe the low rating on this one. There are better songs on the album, though maybe a bit too long for RP. Good song.
cyzik wrote:
Hated it. Two snaps and a twist.
Careful, didn't your mother tell you that will make you go blind?!?!? :wink: :roflol:
a base that is inspired by the European classics, with a hint of the rich cultural tones of the regions bordering the Indian Ocean....fantastic!
Interesting feel to it. I like it.
Hated it. Two snaps and a twist.
:meditate: :sleep:
This is in The Truman Show, right?
Interesting mix of his Koyaanisqatsi themes with ethnic overlays
One of my favorite Glass albums. I got to see a showing of the film many years ago, with Glass and his orchestra playing the soundtrack live. Just amazing.
's okay by me. . . .