Gimme Something To Watch: Dan Graham’s Holy Mountain & DopesmoQatsi

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Let’s draw a simple Venn diagram: in one circle we’ll place fans of stoner metal legendary Sleep, the other will be assigned to people who enjoy mindfuck movies. If by any chance you happen to be at the intersection of those two groups, boy, you’re in for a treat.

Reddit is the so called “front page of the internet”, which means it can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place to be all at once. Despite its much maligned status, some of the dopest stuff I’ve found online was shared there. Like Dan Graham’s masterpieces, shared by the man himself to the stoner rock subreddit.

Dan Graham’s Holy Mountain

You may or may not be familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work. One of his most famous films is 1973 The Holy Mountain, a mindfuck of a film depicting the journey of a man that bears an uncanny resemblance with Jesus Christ through a surreal landscape. Tarot; John Lennon and Yoko Ono funding; Allen Klein (The Beatles’ manager) handling production and a lot of controversial shots have all contributed to the film’s cult status. It is rumored that Sleep’s second full-length is at least partially inspired by the 70’s film.

Astutely, Dan Graham proceeded to do something great. Something for the kids. He put together the first 40 minutes of Jodo’s film along with the first 40 minutes of Sleep’s Holy Mountain, to an outstanding result. Witness the thickness below. If 40 minutes is too much for you to handle, there is a YouTube playlist in which the video is cut to 6 smaller pieces – stab here to watch it. If you never watched the original film, it is split up in two – just stab here & here. This is all NSFW, so be careful.


DopesmoQatsi

This excerpt is taken from his original reddit post:

I realized a few months ago that Sleep’s Dopesmoker goes along fairly well with one of my favorite movies, Koyaanisqatsi. I had some free time and tweaked the speed of different shots of the movie so that it lines up even better with the music. It was actually pretty easy because most of Koyaanisqatsi is fast/slow motion shots of nature or people. When I tried to post it on youtube, the copyright holders of Koyaanisqatsi blocked it, but I really wanted to share DopesmoQatsi with people who would enjoy it.

For those that don’t know, Koyaanisqatsi is a masterpiece in its original form and everyone should see it, maybe before even watching DopesmoQatsi. It is a series of video shots and Phillip Glass music that come together in such a way that it tells a sort of story and evokes introspection into modern life, capitalism, and the fate of humanity (at least in my opinion). I can’t recommend it enough, I’ve watched it probably 15 times and each time I see something new, a new connection, a new minor detail of a shot, or something like that. Watch this movie.

Even though the visuals are basically the same, with Dopesmoker as the music to the film, it’s a different experience in my opinion. My wife said “With the Phillip Glass music, the movie is shouting a message in your face like ‘Look at this!!!’, but with Dopesmoker, its like “Let’s have a conversation about this.” I don’t think that just because the visuals are the same that I shouldn’t be able to share it with people who will appreciate it.

You can download DopesmoQatsi via torrent. I’ll be seeding.


Are there any other film + metal mash-ups that you know of? What combinations would you like to see?

Sound off, flushers.

  • The W.

    INB4 KJU tries unsuccessfully to get people to go to Fark.

    • Dagon

      I don’t understand this. Do I have to feel bad about being dumb?

      • The W.

        You aren’t dumb, sweetrobin.

      • Don’t understand either!

        • Dagon

          Language barriers FTW!

          United we stand.

          • United behind the wall because they still think we’re mexicans 🙁

          • Jormungandr

            I thought not American= Mexican? You mean there are other people?

          • Nice try, mythological serpent. To me you’re still Quetzacoátl.

          • Dagon
          • GRAB ME, BROOOO!!

            *gunshots*

          • Jormungandr

            Only when I’m feeling spunky!

          • The W.

            And if Donald Trump gets elected, you’re NEVER coming to America.

          • W00t? Why? He have a stupid hair, he don’t have the right to speak.

          • God, I wish that was the law.

          • Dagon

            Hahahha that combover is seriously terrible.

          • Dagon

            I couldn’t believe he was a candidate for the GOP lol. I think he’s got RINO written all over him.

          • Howard Dean

            Wait… you guys AREN’T Mexicans???

          • Dagon

            I’m not mexican but don’t you dare diss my fajita game

  • Howard Dean
  • Holy Mountain is my favorite movie not named “That Thing You Do”.

  • The W.

    Wasn’t there a mash-up of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and The Ocean’s Pelagial, or did I just dream that?

    • The W.

      Seems Stalker inspired the lyrics, but I really thought I saw someone mash the two. Oh well.

    • KJM

      Surprisingly enough, I have yet to see S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

      • The W.

        Same. I really want to watch it, but I haven’t found it on Amazon Prime or Netdix.

    • Dagon

      I haven’t seen S.T.A.L.K.E.R. nor heard Pelagial. I think I’m violating.

      • EsusMoose

        Pelegial>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.
        Such a fantastic record from 2013

    • EsusMoose

      Stalker is fucking horrendously long(3 hours?), so either pelegial gets chipmunk’d or stalker is watchable. The first hour is a pain but then becomes a little more bearable

  • KJM

    Once when I was tripping balls, I had to stop myself from smashing my friend’s TV because the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi was driving me nuts.

    • Had a similar experience with Requiem For A Dream. Bad vibes were had and we turned it off.

      • The W.

        That movie is a good way to ruin everyone’s night.

        • Dagon

          Just like this song, it’s a great way to end a party full of normies.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKQGQwS-F8s

        • Jennifer Connelly made me do it.

          • 🙁

          • It’s OK Link – everyone survived.

          • I first watched Requiem for a Dream in the regular cut.

            When I saw it with my fiancée I doomloaded the Director’s Cut.

            That final scene is bloody disgusting 🙁

          • Dagon

            I go through several platonic relationships with all sorts of celebrities. Mine with Connelly was very brief.

            It’s all about Natalie these days:
            http://www.gameofthronesbr.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/NATALIE-DORMER.jpg

          • Is she a Disney girl?

          • Dagon

            She is currently playing Margaery Tyrell on Game Of Thrones. The key feature here is her smirk/smile. She knows she is A1. It’s like women who have veins on their forehead. You know you’re getting yourself into trouble.

            http://orig00.deviantart.net/1f91/f/2015/077/4/0/untitled_by_tged_writing-d8m5xsw.jpg

          • Is that a smirk or did her doctor fuck up the collagen injections? I can never tell.

          • KJM

            Oh, it’s a smirk. It’s the look of someone who knows that they are all that and a bag of chips.

          • Sun chips even.

          • KJM

            Oh my YES.

          • She may be a bag of chips, I’ll grant you that. But she is not “all that”. She is perhaps “partially that”, but definitely not “all”.

          • KJM

            We’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one. #StayMargaery

          • I will, however, concede that she is the most lovely lady on that show. Kit Harrington notwithstanding.

          • KJM

            Richter plz!!

          • That explains it, I know next to nothing about GOT.

          • KJM

            #DatSmirk

          • Dagon

            See: below. Or above. I never know with Disqus.

          • Howard Dean

            Jennifer Connelly makes me do a lot of things…

            …a lot of bad, bad things.

          • Scrimm

            It’s been that way with me for a long, long time.

          • Howard Dean

            Even as a desperate junkie in Requiem she was a.complete smokeshow.. She just has that “look”–like she’d be all sorts of freaky. Goddamn.

          • Dagon

            She got them veins on her forehead. I’m telling you.

          • Scrimm

            Exactly. I grew up watching here too.

      • KJM

        Oh man, I would never watch that movie under the influence of psychedelics.

        • Yeah, people were freakin out so we had to abort the mission.

      • I almost had a panic attack watching that without any chemicals in my system. Can’t imagine doing it fucked-up.

        • KJM

          Seeing it on the big screen was an intense experience to say the least. I hadn’t read the book either so I had no clue what was coming. I’m still pissed that Ellen Burstyn didn’t get the Oscar for it.

          • Sadly, I missed it on the big screen. But that rapid-cut final sequence watched in the dark on a small CRT model tv was horrific enough. I tried to read the book, but after the movie it just couldn’t hold a candle…which is kind of embarrassing to admit, but there you have it. Truth is Shame.

          • Lacertilian

            we watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus on the big screen in a dingy fucked up cinema on about 8gm (dry) plus CYP3A4.
            Terry Gilliam works.

        • We lasted probably about 15-20 minutes and then we couldn’t take it anymore.

    • Lacertilian

      I could never imagine hurting/breaking anything while tripping.
      The harshest thing I could ever do was leave the area if I didn’t enjoy something and even then I was more likely to be found just staring at it in discomfort.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    all 3 at once–full vol

    https://youtu.be/DSOpqXCn7Ho

    -https://youtu.be/x6NfZa4daO4

    -https://youtu.be/tH2w6Oxx0kQ

  • KJM

    I’ve also seen Holy Mountain many times, great movie with a meaningful ending.

  • I’d like to see Will Smith’s face get mashed up in every movie he’s ever been in.

  • Oh, yieeesss.

    I love that film! >>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Malted Hate

    Seeing Holy Mountain stoned was one of the funnest times I’ve had on weed.
    I see that movie once every year. Production values alone are worth the watch.

    • Dagon

      I would say that this mash-up is right up your alley then. The DopesmoQatsi one would be even better, maybe.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    They sell fireworks in my state. I want some.

  • Howard Dean

    In jail this year someone synced up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/58/5b/cb/585bcbfa5c54806e35255b390fb5583b.jpg

  • I watched Holy Mountain sober with a bunch of people who were stoned. They were baffled by my ability to assign meaning/coherence to the film. To them, it was just a bunch of cool moving pictures that made their brains hurt. As good an argument as any to stick with beer…

    • Agreed!
      /clinks beers aggressively
      //sucker punches you for looking at me funny

    • KJM

      Speaking from personal experience, I’d say it has a lot more to do with the person than with the substance. Seems to me all your typical drunk would care about is seeing a lot of boobs.

      • FUKKBEARD

        FACT

      • You’re right. Those kids were already fucktarded without the weed. It just tickles me how they looked at me like an alien as I explained the film to them. And to be fair, if I were drunk while watching it for the first time I would not have remembered the ending; I would just have this haunting sensation of having had my worst suspicions about humanity confirmed . . .

        • KJM

          To be fair, I’d already read my share of books on Mysticism long before I first saw Holy Mountain so I had a clue what Jodorowsky was going for.

  • Max

    Well, I used to enjoy watching skate videos with the sound turned down and a heavier record on in the background….

    • Óðinn

      Not a bad idea.

    • Lacertilian

      My mates still watch heaps of mountain bike & snowboard type videos and the music has gone from what used to be decent old school punk & crossover stuff to almost exclusively dubstep & electronic stuff. Keyboards are not extreme.
      Kinda depresses me.

  • KJM
  • KJM

    I once used a combo of Blood Ceremony and Wounded Kings as the soundtrack for Murnau’s Faust.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      I think Molly Hatchet is coming to my area. I asked them if they were doing a show in Poughkeepsie and they liked my post on Facebook. Please let this be the case.

      • KJM

        Tonight, on Non Sequitur Theater…

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    I first discovered The Holy Mountain through an interview with a Japanese metal band. Their vocalist loved it, so I checked it out. By far one of the strangest films I’ve seen, but almost instantly one of my favorites.

    I recommend watching Fantastic Planet if you’ve never seen it. A brilliant film, and definitely trippy and out there.