A digital recreation of Dark Side of the Moon
November 12th, 2010
Pink Floydâ€™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 â€˜n Roll, with their 1973 concept album of extended instrumentals that explored intriguing themes of life, the universe and our mental state.
â€œThe idea that you could approach an album side like you would approach a symphony,â€ said Jeremy Baguyos, Assistant Professor of Music at UNO, â€œwhere all of the individual titles on the album are unified. Thatâ€™s not new, butâ€¦ for the time it was pretty unusual for Rock â€˜n Roll.â€
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 UNOâ€™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.
â€œSo many of our digital techniques today,â€ he said, â€œits foundations are based on the analog roots.â€ â€œSo if I teach the students how to create a low frequency oscillatorâ€¦ in order to create the helicopter sounds you would hear in the album. It really was based on analog techniques that Pink Floyd used.â€
Ensemble A.M.Iâ€™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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