Pink Flloyd – The Only Side of the Moon?

Created in 1973, DSOTM helped pioneer prog rock and helped expand what could be put on an album and still be considered “music”. Most albums at the time contained individual songs without any obvious connection to each other, DSOTM took a different approach to how an album could be structured. Each song leads into the next creating and telling a story. Following the themes of life, death and time the album explores areas that many don’t often think about when listening to music. A key aspect of this album highlights the editing techniques used which were incredibly intricate, detailed and cutting edge. The introduction to “Money” was created through cutting and splicing together recorded sounds to create a detailed loop used throughout the song. Some would argue that it captures the ennui of the generation at the time but I don’t think even the band themselves realized that this would still be current 40 years after DSOTM was released. The songs deal with aspects of life, and each deals with different themes, “Money” deals with greed, “Us and Them” could be seen as a statement on cultural divides or racism, “Speak to Me”, the first song on the album is regarded as the birth of someone with the inclusion of a heartbeat and the final song “Eclipse” is the end of that person’s life as the heartbeat is heard again and then slowly dies. DSOTM influenced many albums across different genres, for example the album “Random Access Memories” created by Daft Punk in 2013. The songs “Contact” and “Giorgio ┬áby Moroder” both contain similar styles of music, repeating sci-fi-esque loops to tones and layout similar to sounds from outer space, especially in “Contact”. While DSOTM is praised for its boldness to be different it seems that the album has one of two followings, ┬áthose living at the time of its release who have grown up listening to it and appreciate its message, and other more pretentious followers. Many in weed culture would say that DSOTM is the greatest album they have ever heard, but can they really appreciate what the album is about when they can barely focus on the imaginary dragon that they are trying to chase?

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