NPR (National Public Radio) is amazing. They’ve introduce me to more music than I can count… on one hand, anyway. One Sunday, as I was driving home from church, I heard the last 20 minutes of a report on a composer named Philip Glass. Numberous things they said sparked my interest. For instance, he is well known for his ability to be very repetitious within a song. Where most composers would repeat a bar of music, say, 4 times, Glass will repeat it 20 times. For some reason this stuck with me and the next time I was at Barnes and Noble, his name caught my eye on several of the featured cds.
I came home from B&N with this cd, The Origional Motion Picture Soundtrack to Naqoyqatsi composed by Philip Glass. As most of you know, the origional soundtrack is not a collection of songs by various popular artists, it is a score for the movie that serve as the audio, musical voice of the film.
Now, I have not seen the film. It is, in fact, the 3rd film in a three part series, so I would have to catch up a bit before even considering it. However, I could still identify with the music. It has a dark, ominous sound. It hits the mood on the head with the opening song, where low dark vocals chant repeatedly “Naqoyqatsi… naqoygatsi.”
It is not the sort of cd I could listen to and just zone out to. It does, however, provide great background music when I’m online bumming around or doing something active.