A digital recreation of Dark Side of the Moon
November 12th, 2010
Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking The Dark Side of the Moon album will be recreated next week by an all-digital ensemble at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The British rock group pushed the boundaries of Rock ‘n Roll, with their 1973 concept album of extended instrumentals that explored intriguing themes of life, the universe and our mental state.
“The idea that you could approach an album side like you would approach a symphony,” said Jeremy Baguyos, Assistant Professor of Music at UNO, “where all of the individual titles on the album are unified. That’s not new, but… for the time it was pretty unusual for Rock ‘n Roll.”
Baguyos said Pink Floyd also revolutionized music production, using the most innovative recording techniques of their time, including analog synthesizers. Baguyos is also the Artistic Director for UNO’s all-digital group of musicians, Ensemble A.M.I. That group has re-created The Dark Side of the Moon with an all-digital production.
“So many of our digital techniques today,” he said, “its foundations are based on the analog roots.” “So if I teach the students how to create a low frequency oscillator… in order to create the helicopter sounds you would hear in the album. It really was based on analog techniques that Pink Floyd used.”
Ensemble A.M.I’s recreation of The Dark Side of the Moon will be performed next Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center at UNO. A pre-concert lecture on the music of Pink Floyd will be delivered by UNO Associate Professor of Music, Tomm Roland at 6:15 pm.
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