The 4th The 18th The 2021th

April 18, 2021


Hey. I watched the movie Koyaanisqatsi for the first time. I think? It might’ve been the 2nd time but I’m not sure. It had a certain familiarity to it that maybe I have always seen it. Come on, you know how it is! If you aren’t aware of the film, it is a dialogue-less sequence of visuals. There is something being said about humanity/nature’s relationship to technology which is interesting to consider but I mostly enjoyed absorbing the visuals and the music. I would love to watch it again in a theater. I miss movie theaters.

I have a pretty strong memory associated with watching a VHS of the Glassless (Phillip) Koyaanisqatsi-like movie Baraka on a small TV with my cousin (Davin Payne) on a hot summer day. The director for Baraka was the cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi and also Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. I like that there are several movies within the vein of Koyaanisqatsi and would like to watch some more. Chronos (1985) looks cool!

Two people in front of a fire

A fiery scene from Koyaanisqatsi! Who will win? Man or technology?



So why am I bringing this up here? Two things.

First, the movie made me miss my cousin, Davin. I haven’t seen him in about a year due to lockdown. I always enjoy watching movies with my cousin! You may know him from me watching Baraka at his house or from him playing music as part of The Invisible Sundial. Boom clack type guy.

Second, hearing Phillip Glass do his thing made me want to go back to one of my projects I haven’t touched in awhile. I’ve mostly released music that goes everywhere all the time, and I really like making music like that, but I have a few projects that are atypical to this approach. Two that are more long form and meditative, one that is loop based and one that is drone based. The drone based one will sound like this website’s music (SOUND ON!). Thinking about calling it something like “Music for Computer Websites”. I don’t have a name for the Phillip Glass ripoff tribute. I’m sure something will come to mind.

Uh, so, other stuff? Yeah, there’s always other stuff. I need to finish the script for my choose your own adventure-like album 1000 tapes. You can play the two demo albums (games?) right now if you are curious! I’ll write some more about that at a later date. This will be done in October for spooky season. I also want to write a proper 4th the invisible sundial album, but that’s a post for another time.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I’m writing this down in hopes that I can come back and be like “oh yeah, i remember that stuff! i gotta boot up my digitone and record those loops for that the invisible sunglasses album”. But, I hope life is treating you well and I hope to see you soon.
-a
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