New Pink Floyd Album, The Endless River, A Tribute To Keyboardist Richard Wright

Pink-Floyd-The-Endless-RiverPink Floyd has announced a new album, The Endless River, that they say is a tribute to longtime keyboardist Richard Wright (1943-2008) and a return to their early style.

The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions,” explains David Gilmour. “We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album.”

“Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and, with him, the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.” Continue reading

The Iconic Sounds Of Synthesis – ‘On The Run’ From ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

When it comes to iconic sounds of synthesis, few changed the shape of popular electronic music than the sequenced synth on Pink Floyd’s On The Run, from Dark Side Of The Moon.

In this short BBC video, David Gilmour explains how the On The Run sequence was created on the EMS Synthi A. The Synthi A was introduced in 1971, so it was a brand new tool when Pink Floyd was using it. Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1973 and went on to sell 50 million copies.

Unfortunately for synthesists, the Synthi A is one of the rarest production synths ever made. Fans of the sound have turned to other synthesizers to recreate the classic sequence (E2 G2 A2 G2 D3 C3 D3 E3) – some more successfully than others.

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Pink Floyd On Laser Harp

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This is a demo of the Kromalaser Laser Harp. Here’s what they have to say about it:

With KL-450 BASIC Laser Harp, our client has assigned 2 instrument’s bank to the same Laser Harp. This demonstrates how you can split the instrument, even to play one instrument each laser.

See the Kromalaser site for details.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon Movie

Final cut of the full-length movie for Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

This film uses the backdrop films the band featured during their initial US, UK, and French tours for The Dark Side Of The Moon, with additional footage used for Breathe and live footage from 1972 added to Time.

The mix of the album for the video contains extended versions of Speak To Me and On the Run.

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Recreating David Gilmour’s Sound on Sound Effects In Ableton Live

Reader Tracy Evans has put together a tutorial that looks at how to recreate David Gilmour‘s “Sound on Sound” effect, within Ableton Live.

David uses a dual amp setup to perform Shine On you Crazy Diamond and achieve an infinite sustain over which he can play solos.

Here’s an example of how he does this in a live performance:

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And here’s Evans’ approach to achieving similar effects with Ableton Live:

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Propellerhead Reason Micro Tutorial – The Echo

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Propellerhead has released another Reason 6 demo video, looking at The Echo:

Reason 6 introduces three new creative effect devices: Pulveriser, Alligator, and The Echo. In this micro tutorial we’ll take a look at The Echo.

The Echo brings together the best features of crisp digital delay, warm crunchy analog delay, space echoing tape delays, and even loop-based effects. We’ll take a look at the major functions of The Echo and explore a few ways you can use its powerful delay settings in your music.

Pink Floyd’s On The Run On The Korg Monotribe

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A version of the famous Pink Floyd On The Run sequence, on the new Korg Monotribe, via gattobus:

This was obviously the first thing I could play on this little box…
It’s amazing!

It doesn’t sound much like the original – but that’s probably missing the point. A lot of great music has been made with limited synths and 8 step sequencers…….

The Dark Side of the Moon – The 8-bit Album (Free Download)

Dark Side Of The Moon 8-BitPterodactyl Squad – a video game music netlabel – has released The Dark Side of the Moon – The 8-bit Album.

38 years ago today Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon was released in the UK, and Pterodactyl Squad are marking the date with their 30th release, The Dark Side of the Moon – The 8-bit Album.

After the success of Weezer – The 8-bit Album in 2009, the Squad assembled an “all-star cast of chiptune talent” to create a VGM-inspired tribute to 1973’s, The Dark Side of the Moon. All 9 tracks have been filtered through an 8-bit lens, and while each artist brings a different sound and creative angle to each track, the album flows seamlessly together, just like the original.

Pterodactyl Squad says:

Although attempted numerous times before, Pterodactyl Squad have finally done the original album justice with the definitive 8-bit interpretation of Pink Floyd’s progressive rock classic.

Produced as an 8-bit mirror of the original, the music on this release was created using sounds from various old games consoles including the Sega Mega Drive and Nintendo Game Boy.

Featuring tracks from Bit_Rat, EvilWezil, khades, Rabato, sergeeo, Videogame Orchestra, Jason Vincion, echosignal and Brad Smith and Temp Sound Solutions, the album is free to download.