Pink Floyd’s seminal work ‘Echoes’ was created by the band in a conscious desire to use a freeform jamming approach to composing new material. Accordingly they ended up with more than 20 pieces of music, of which this is one. All the pieces were originally called ‘Nothing’, and the collation therefore ‘Nothing, Parts 1-24’, followed by ‘Son Of Nothing’ and ‘Return of the Son of Nothing;’ before Roger Waters’ lyrics were added and the final work dubbed ‘Echoes’.
The famous ‘ping’ at the start of this piece was retained for the final version of Echoes, and was created by running an acoustic piano through a Leslie rotating speaker cabinet, more commonly used in conjunction with a Hammond organ.
Composed by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters & Richard Wright
Produced by Pink Floyd
Recorded as part of the ‘Meddle’ sessions, 1971
Animation by Ian Emes
Creative Director Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis
Aubrey Powell notes:
After a chance meeting with Ian Emes he showed me some experimental animated film that he had been working on many years ago in the 1970's. It had not been seen before and so I decided to try, with a bit of editing by Benny Trickett and some re- telecine restoration, whether it might work with ‘Nothing Part 14’.
It somehow fits beautifully into the rhythm of the piece and reflects the brilliant nature of Emes’ imaginative and painstaking animation. He was responsible for the famous Clocks film for 'Time' and a piece called French Windows for Pink Floyd's 'One Of These Days', shown on their famous circular screen.
The definitive Early Years box set, released 11th November 2016
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+ 14 Hours of video includes restored footage
+ original 4.0 Quad mixes / BBC sessions/live recordings
+ rare tracks including more than 20 previously unreleased
+ historic TV performances, live concerts and 3 feature films
+ Remixed 5.1 audio for 'Live At Pompeii' footage
+ collectable memorabilia
+100+ photos, most previously unseen
+ early singles + B sides on CD & vinyl
* 7 book-style packages, each with multiple discs. 6 are dedicated to a specific period and include related memorabilia and many unseen photos.
* Box bonus package includes collector's audio and video. Box includes bonus larger replica memorabilia (posters, flyers, etc.) plus 5 x reissued replica 7" singles, mastered from the original analogue tapes.
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