To tie in with tomorrow night's Roger Waters The Wall Live concert in Bucharest, Romania, one of the sponsors erected a large brick advertising the show in one of the main squares of Bucharest. Our thanks for Bogdan Bobocea for sending in these three pictures of the brick! Just click the thumbnails to see them in more detail...
Excitement is clearly building for Monday's BBC Radio 2 broadcast of Darkside at 10pm UK time, and to help build the anticipation, our friends at the BBC have just sent us not just an audio teaser but a VIDEO extract, below, from the play to give Floyd fans a flavour of what it will look like on Monday night at bbc.co.uk/radio2. As a side note, we've had masses of people ask what the situation is internationally, and we've had confirmation from the BBC that the live broadcast will be available to stream worldwide from their site, with no geo-blocking to stop people outside the UK from tuning in, which is excellent news for many!
As we've mentioned though, the BBC are giving Floyd fans the opportunity to choose the Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist for a two-hour show airing on
BBC 6 Music/Radio 2 on Monday at 8pm, just prior to the Darkside broadcast. What do you think must be included in this ultimate playlist? Let them know by leaving a comment with your suggestion and reason, tweet using #Darkside, and read their blog for more information: http://bbc.in/14Z2BQF.
In this teaser clip from Darkside, Emily and the boy seek out the Wise One in an attempt to discover the secret of life...
Next Monday's Darkside drama on BBC Radio 2, written by Sir Tom Stoppard and featuring Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, includes some very atmospheric and intriguing footage. Seen so far is the promo video (see elsewhere on our news pages) and this is to be followed by an extended film loop to compliment the audio experience online and on the "red button" service on UK digital TV.
Responsible for the footage is Bristol based Aardman Animation, best known for things such as Wallace and Gromit. Aardman director, Darren Dubicki saw the piece working as a film trailer and the team spent time absorbing the rich detail from both Pink Floyd’s music and Sir Tom Stoppard’s play. In doing so they developed a striking visual concept where images juxtapose with carefully considered lyrics and dialogue from the play encompassing the underlying themes of greed, conflict, consumption, humanity and the descent into madness…
Dubicki, who was delighted to be given the opportunity to direct the film, said: “What was fundamentally important to us was that we retained a consistent visual tone that echoed the imagery created over the years for the band. The intensely surreal and powerful artwork created by Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis has always had a strong distortion on reality. Their sense of space and twisted context make for some uncomfortably beautiful art. This tone has been consistent for decades and we wanted to honour this with our contemporary digital (and analogue) slant on the style.”
The films were created using a collage of digital imaging, CGI, studio-based effects and hand crafted elements, and will be available to view online during the broadcast, and subsequently via the BBC's iPlayer on demand service.
On Sunday, the Levitt Pavilion in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park (yes, the same park from the eponymous song, and inspiration for many others, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge) holds a special concert as part of its annual series of shows.
The Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen will be bringing concertgoers classical renditions of the iconic songs from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, from 7pm on August 25th. The concert, as with all the shows at the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, is free.
Next Monday evening, August 26th, is shaping up to be very interesting on BBC Radio with the highlight being Darkside, an hour-long drama airing at 10pm.
Elsewhere on BBC Radio, they are complementing Darkside with more programming either side of the show. Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music are simulcasting a unique show that will put the audience in control of the music across both networks for two hours, as they collaborate online to pick the tracks. Then, following the broadcast of Darkside, at 11pm, there's another chance to hear the truly fascinating The Record Producers - Pink Floyd Special, which concentrates on the Floyd's music from the late 60s through to the mid-70s, and features David and Nick alongside original multi-track recordings of some of their best work from this period.
Also, on the night of broadcast, visitors to bbc.co.uk/radio2 will be able to watch a specially commissioned animation by Aardman to accompany the drama, creating a unique, immersive audio-visual experience. To give a flavour of this, a teaser trailer has just been released online: