Iconic composer Phillip Glass turned 75 this year, and as a late birthday present, Beck decided to put together a remix album featuring the artist’s greatest works re-jigged by the likes of Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Unfortunately, when Dan Lopatin (Point Never) finished his remix, the powers that be told him that it wasn’t up to scratch, and it was dropped from the line-up of Glass’s birthday record. A light-hearted Lopatin told New York radio station WFMU this week, “I’m not totally a huge fan of Phillip Glass, but I love Koyaanisqatsi , so I chose this song, and I tried to do this macabre remix…and it was rejected.”
Glass’s original score for Koyaanisqatsi , the 1982 Godfrey Reggio-directed film, was sombre and frantic, changing pace and tone dramatically in line with the slow-motion and time-lapse footage that Reggio used to depict scenery. In Point Never’s glimmering, fragile remix, which debuted on WFMU on Tuesday night, this aggressive jostling is swallowed into a haunting, humming cavern of sound, wobbling and whispering dangerously.
As Lopatin himself says, “decide for yourself if it’s any good.”
Listen to the remix here .