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Innovation in music. 9. TDSOTM.

The Dark Side Of The Moon. The masterpiece.

I’ve been mad for fucking years, absolutely years, been over the edge for yonks, been working me buns off for bands…
I’ve always been mad, I know I’ve been mad, like the
most of us…very hard to explain why you’re mad, even if you’re not mad…
– Speak to me (Mason) 01:16.

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Album art by Hipgnosis and George Hardie

I lost count. I think I’ve heard this album hundreds of times. It was the first album I bought. It’s been 42 years, but in many ways this is a disc that may have been released today. It is the secret of the masterpieces, they are perpetually innovative. It’s a very rich record, full of songs and ideas. The themes on The Dark Side of the Moon include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Syd Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.

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The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, in two sessions, between May 1972 and January 1973. The band were assigned staff engineer Alan Parsons, who had worked as assistant tape operator on Atom Heart Mother, and who had also gained experience as a recording engineer on the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be. The recording sessions made use of some of the most advanced studio techniques of the time; the studio was capable of 16-track mixes, which offered a greater degree of flexibility than the eight- or four-track mixes they had previously used, although the band often used so many tracks that to make more space available second-generation copies were made.

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David Gilmour

The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success; it topped the Billboard Top chart for one week and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd‘s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide [Wikipedia]. Among the several covers and tributes, there is also a dub version released in 2003 by the the New York dub collective Easy Star All-Stars, called Dub Side of the Moon. Here is the “Making of” that you can’t absolutely miss, from the Classic Albums series:

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“Pink Floyd – The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon” (2003/2013)

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is both a masterpiece and a phenomenon. It is an iconic album with an instantly recognizable sleeve and music that has stood the test of time in the 42 years since its release. It is also one of the bestselling albums in history. The main program includes interviews with all the members of the band: Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, plus the engineer, Alan Parsons, the designer, the late Storm Thorgerson, and other people involved in the recording and release of the album.
In addition to the 50 minute TV version, there are over 40 minutes of bonus footage including the following:

  • Brain Damage. A complete solo acoustic performance by Roger Waters together with his thoughts on the song.
  • Money. Roger Waters and Alan Parsons discuss the song, intercut with David Gilmour playing guitar and Roger Waters playing bass.
  • Us And Them. Richard Wright talks about writing the song and plays solo piano, along with excerpts from the full album track.
  • Breathe. A complete solo acoustic performance by David Gilmour.
  • Time. Roger Waters discusses the track followed by an excerpt from the animated video used at Pink Floyd concerts and Roger Waters original demo recording.
  • Gilmour’s Guitars. David Gilmour illustrates the guitar parts from three tracks on the album: Breathe, The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them.

Lyrics
Speak to Me
Breathe
On the Run
Time
Breathe (Reprise)
Great Gig in the Sky
Money
Us and Them
Any Color You Like
Brain Damage
Eclipse

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30th anniversary SACD Re-issue

There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.
– Eclipse (Waters) 02:04

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«A genius is the one most like himself». – Thelonious Monk

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«Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time». – Ornette Coleman (R.I.P. 11.06.2015)

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Innovation in music. 8. Björk’s Biophilia

… and what she is doing for the environment.

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life“. The term “biophilia” literally means “love of life or living systems.” It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Wilson uses the term in the same sense when he suggests that biophilia describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life” (source: Wikipedia).

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The Biophilia Educational Project is a large-scale pilot project that builds on the participation of academics, scientists, artists, teachers and students at all academic levels. It is based around creativity as a teaching and research tool, where music, technology and the natural sciences are linked together in an innovative way. The project presents an example of dynamic collaboration between different areas in society, such as the education system, cultural institutions, science and research institutes. It creates a platform for dialogue and debate which encourages both personal and social development, thereby contributing to a sustainable society where new approaches are actively explored.
The project was originally developed by Björk Guðmundsdóttir, the City of Reykjavík and the University of Iceland, in connection with the release of Björk’s 2011 album Biophilia.

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Reykjavík

The Biophilia Educational Project aims to inspire children to explore their own creativity, while learning about music, nature and science through new technologies. The project has thus far mainly been aimed at children aged 10-12 years, and the programme is based on Björk’s Biophilia app suite of music and interactive, educational artefacts. Students learn through hands-on participation, composition and collaboration. Participants acquire the skills to develop their musical imagination, to push their creative boundaries and make music in an impulsive and responsive way, inspired by the structures and phenomena of the natural world.

“Dark matter” – Sigur Rós performing Ólsen Ólsen (in Vonlenska)

The Biophilia Educational project has the potential to bring arts experience to children who might otherwise not have access to it. The method tries to change the traditional way of teaching. It is based on the fundamental idea that it is best for children to start practising art with a creative process, where music, science and technology are linked in a new way.

Teachers, researchers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and other participants work across disciplines and school classes, subjects, science and art forms to introduce creativity as an educational method and, simultaneously, to stimulate greater environmental awareness in pupils and students.

Each app has its own theme (in connection with a corresponding song) and combines a natural element with a musicological feature. The layers of content in each feature include: an interactive game based on the song’s scientific and musical subject matter; a musical animation of the song; an animated score; lyrics; and an academic essay.

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Resources:

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Biophilia sparks children’s interest in nature, science and music (Green growth web magazine, April 2015)

Iceland’s Björk is transforming environmental education in Europe (Climate-KIC  News)

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Björk: Biophilia | Solstice app tutorial

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«If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying». – Coleman Hawkins

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«When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them». – Don Cherry

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«Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there». – Miles Davis

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