A “light year” is not a unit of time, but the distance a beam of light will travel in a year, or about 6 trillion miles.
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Pink Floyd - Meddle [Artwork]
The album’s title Meddle is a play on words; a medal, and to interfere. Storm Thorgerson originally suggested a close-up shot of a baboon’s anus for the album cover photograph. He was overruled by the band, who informed him via an inter-continental telephone call while on tour in Japan that they would rather have “an ear underwater”. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound (represented by ripples in the water). Thorgerson has expressed dissatisfaction with the cover, claiming it to be his least favourite Pink Floyd album sleeve: “I think Meddle is a much better album than its cover”. Aubrey Powell (Thorgerson’s colleague) shares his sentiments—”Meddle was a mess. I hated that cover. I don’t think we did them justice with that at all; it’s half-hearted.” The gatefold contains a group photograph of the band (Floyd’s last until 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason)
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They came by the hundreds to Berkeley this past weekend to pay their respects to the man they called Sasha—the Berkeley-bred chemist nicknamed the Godfather of Psychedelics. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, a controversial iconoclast who pioneered the use of psychedelics for self discovery and synthesized MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy) in the 1970s and some 200 variations in his lifetime, died of cancer on June 2 at age 88.
“He was the first scientist who was a chemist, who worked at Berkeley, who had impeccable credentials, and yet he believed what I believed,” said an attendee known as Mr. Natural, himself the subject of a 1960s counterculture comic. Confined to a wheelchair, Mr. Natural took BART for the first time in 30 years Saturday to attend the public memorial for his old friend. Traveling from San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood—where the elderly music teacher/artist/scientist spends most of his time—he joined the throng filling the seats at the Berkeley Community Theater.”
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell [Artwork]
To avoid competing against other album releases (as had happened with A Momentary Lapse) Pink Floyd set a deadline of April 1994, at which point they would begin a new tour. By January of that year however, the band still had not decided on a title for the album. The list of names being considered included Pow Wow and Down to Earth. At a dinner one night, writer Douglas Adams, spurred on by the promise of a £5,000 payment to his favourite charity, the Environmental Investigation Agency, suggested “the division bell” (used in the lyrics for “High Hopes”), and the name stuck.
Longtime Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson provided the album artwork. He erected two large metal heads, each the height of a double-decker bus, in a field near Ely. The sculptures were positioned close together, and photographed in profile, to give the illusion that not only were they either facing or talking to each other, they also presented the viewer with a third face. The sculptures were devised by Keith Breeden, and constructed by John Robertson. Ely Cathedral is visible on the horizon. The sculptures are now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
The album was released in the UK and US on CD, vinyl, and compact cassette, each with its own format and label-specific design. It was also available in mini-disc format. Two 7.5-metre (25 ft) stone sculptures were made by Aden Hynes for the cassette releases, and photographed in the same style as the metal heads. The artwork inside the CD liner notes revolves around a similar theme, with the image of the two heads formed by various other objects, such as newspapers (“A Great Day for Freedom”), coloured glass (“Poles Apart”), and boxing gloves (“Lost for Words”). Pages two and three portray a picture from the Chilean La Silla Observatory. The CD case itself had the name of Pink Floyd printed in Braille on the left front side.
On some pages in the CD booklet the page number was written in different languages:
3: “tres” - Spanish, and some other Romance languages, such as Asturian and Occitan
5: “five” - English
7: “सात” (sāt) - Hindi, and some other Indo-Aryan languages, such as Marathi and Nepali
8: “otto” - Italian
11: “elf” - German, Dutch, Afrikaans
13: “jyusan” (十三) - transliterated Japanese
15: “kumi na tano” - Swahili
17: “十七” (shíqī) - Chinese
19: “dix neuf” - French
21: “כא” (kaf-alef) - Hebrew in Gematria
22: “двадцать два” - Russian
Stay tuned to get more from PINK FLOYD. next post is PINK FLOYD - MEDDLE.
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”
― Stanley Kubrick
Happy Birthday to George Bernard Shaw, born July 26, 1856. A 1928 newsreel of his first visit to America