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Monday, February 6, 2012

Koyaanisqatsi in 5 Minutes

This is your brain.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
This is your brain on drugs.

Well, not really.

Tooling around on the Inter-tubes today, I found a version of Godfrey Reggio's 1978 film Koyaanisqatsi, sped up 1,552% by visual artist Wyatt Hodgson. Mr. Hodgson's version uses a different score ("The Holy Egoism of Genius" from The Seduction of Claude Debussy by The Art of Noise) and has been compressed to run for just five minutes. The song's been cut a little short too.

If you're not familiar with Koyaanisqatsi, it is a meditation on the imbalances of modern life. It is assembled footage, dating from just before its 1982 release to documentary footage and stock imagery dating all the way back to a NASA film from 1962.

Although it is only 86 minutes long, time speeds, slows and bends in upon itself as the images fly by. The images range widely: staring pedestrians shot on the street, cars and televisions being assembled, and the most famous, iconic shots: clouds racing across mirror-front skyscrapers.


And here's Godfrey Reggio's original on YouTube.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.