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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000494.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: Powaq-qatsi trivia [was: Re:Performance nausea, was Re: your mail]
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 19:41:28 -0500

I saw the earlier film, and was annoyed because the irritating music
stopped me going to sleep. Isn't that what these films are supposed to
achieve? Aren't they hypnotic devices?
Roger SHilcock

On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Lorne G. Buick wrote:

> Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 17:46:17 -0800
> From: "Lorne G. Buick" <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: Powaq-qatsi trivia [was: Re:Performance nausea, was Re: your mail]
> I find that minimalist
> > music (like the music to Powaqatsi, the composer's name escapes me
> > momentarily) causes me great stress because, of course, there is little in
> > the way of traditional resolution to dissonance. It is in fact continual
> > dissonance , more or less. I had to sit in a class and listen to an
> > entire selection of this stuff, after which I felt the compelling urge to
> > go outside for a smoke!
> If I remember correctly the music was by Philip Glass, one of his earlier
> works... Powaqqatsi was the sequel to Koyaanisqatsi and they're both worth
> seeing repeatedly, imho.
> also if I remember correctly, the music is not particularly dissonant - he
> uses very traditional chord progressions, just drawn out over 20 minutes
> instead of 20 seconds. Did you see the film along with the music? It's one
> of the best music-movie matches ever, it might not change your opinion of
> the music, but... now that I think of it you might find the movie
> nauseating too! ;-}
> Apologies for non-clarinet-related mail...
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> LGB Lorne G Buick St. John's
> Newfoundland
> Canada

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