Life out of balance
Original music composed by Philip Glass


Antilles 422-814 042


1 Koyaanisqatsi 3:30
2 Vessels 8:06
3 Cloudscape 4:39
4 Pruit Igoe 7:04
5 The Grid 14:56
6 Prophecies 8:10


Ko.yaa.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi language), n. 1. Crazy life. 2. Life in turmoil. 3. Life disintegrating. 4. Life out of balance. 5. A state of life that calls for another way of living.

This album contains selections from the soundtrack of the motion picture Koyaanisqatsi… a film that, without dialogue or narrative structure, produces a unique and intense look at the super structure of modern life.

Koyaanisqatsi lets you experience the acceleration and density of modern society in a new way. It invites you to consider the benevolence of technology and the notion of progess in the world we live in. A world out of balance.


Original music composed by Philip Glass.
Produced by Kurt Munkacsi & Philip Glass.
Conductor: Michael Riesman.

Voice of “Koyaanisqatsi”: Albert de Ruiter. Chorus: The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. Keyboards: Michael Riesman. Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet: Jack Kripl. Saxophone: Jon Gibson / Richard Peck. Saxophone, Bass Clarinet: Bob Mintzer. Piccolo, Flute: Tom Nyfenger. Trumpet: Lew Soloff / Charles Lewis / Lowell Hershey / Mark Gould / Allan Dean. French Horn: Sharon Moe / Peter Gordon / Russell Rizner / Brooks Tillotson / Albert Richmond. Trombone: Bob Smith / Keith O’Quinn. Bass Trombone: George Flynn. Trombone: James Pugh. Tuba: Warren Deck / Samuel Pilafian. Viola: Jill Jaffe / Sue Pray / Theodore Israel / Jean Dane. Cello: Seymour Barab / Beverley Lauridsen / Kermit Moore / Frederick Zlotkin. Bass: John Beal / John Bongiorno.
Remix: Kurt Munkacsi / Michael Riesman / Greene St. Recording studio, NY, NY.

Recording: Joe Lopes. RCA studio. NY, NY / Roddy Hui, Greene St. Recording studio NY, NY / Dominick Maita, RPM sound studio, NY, NY. Digital tape machine: Frank Dickinson / Digital by Dickinson Bloomfield, NJ.

Special thanks: Harold Orenstein / Lloyd Trufelman.
All music published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. New York (ASCAP). © 1983 Original sound recording made by Institute of Regional Education.



Koyaanisqatsi on Nonesuch
Koyaanisqatsi (complete original soundtrack) on OMM

Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio