PART I

This is an extract summed up from my book, PINK FLOYD: The Labyrinth through the Fancyscope, but isn't a literal translation. For further details I shall advise you to pay attention to my book, but I am sorry that it is only the Japanese. Like this, our book is filled with unparalleled (in history of Pink Floyd, nay, rock'n'roll) theories. We are not afraid to interpret Floyd's intention wrongly because a subject of our theory is the unconsciousness of musician.

By the way, I cannot express in English our profound idea because I am very bad at English, and so the expression is limited. I can express only half them here. And I intended to choose comparatively the part where I can translate easily. Please read them while taking this circumstances, handicap, into consideration.



Listen with your eyes and look with your ears!
Pink is a color sensed by the ear.

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[Holophonics on 'The Final Cut']

In 'The Final Cut', Pink Floyd introduced a special recording technology, forefront in the world, called "holophonics". Holophonics is the simulation of three-dimensional sound; a new binaural recording system developed by Hugo Zuccarelli in the 80's.
"Hugo Zuccarelli's Holophonics Live" is a cassette containing many different sound effects and music created by binaural recording. The sound effects include such as: zipping, striking a match, scotch taping, hair drying, a balloon popping, a blowing horn, the fizz of carbonated water, crinkling newspaper, a jet taking off, bird sounds, fireworks exploding over the Thames River, a thunderstorm, etc.
Holophonics triggers off our "synesthesia", our synchronous sense. Zuccarelli's objective with binaural recording is to create just this synesthesia. His synesthesia is the five senses -- that is, they are the sense of hearing + sight + smell + taste + touch.
This synethesia was the Pink Floyd's aim, was it not? This was Floyd's early movement, that is to say sound/light workshop and "son et lumiere". Because their stage was linked directly with visual and aural effects, early Floyd's synesthesia was at the most the two senses, that is the senses of hearing and sight.



[Synesthesia on 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast']

Strangely enough, Zuccarelli's tape sounds like Pink Floyd's 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' -- a kindling match, dripping water, eggs frying sunny-side up, and coffee brewing. An example of synesthesia is when the "sound" of fried eggs triggers our "smell" of fried eggs. If the process of making breakfast were recorded by Holophonics, we would smell and taste fried eggs, toast, and coffee.
I think that Floyd's aim in 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' was to create Zuccarelli's synesthesia, to stimulate all the senses, even though usually early Floyd's synesthesia was no more than the stimulation of two senses. 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' is music aiming to express sounds visible, to whet the appetite, to be fragrant.
I have no experience of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, but how I imagine the psychedelic idea is the same as synesthesia: namely, the psychedelic world is a world of multi-synesthesia. Therefore, I think Alan's breakfast was called psychedelic. On the other hand, it is an interpretation and criticism of the word "psychedelic" in Floyd's characteristic style. In the nature of things the "breakfast" is an everyday affair, routine, so "unrealistic breakfast" is highly improbable. Floyd dared to title as "psychedelic breakfast", so it is musical criticism.
Although Andrew King said in 1966 that "we don't call ourselves psychedelic," Floyd titled their sown ong a psychedelic breakfast, thus creating a nuance of irony in the title.



[Synesthesia on 'Dark Side of the Moon']
All your touching
All your seeing
All your tasting
All your feeling...
Everything is eclipsed by the Nothing
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We have no boundary between the sense of sight and the sense of hearing in our unconscious. When you see something in a dream, do you see it with your eyes? Well, we dream in the unconscious which is without the control of our rational self. To put it strongly, I mean that, in the unconscious, sight can sense sound. I am sure that this is a reason why Pink Floyd was attached to concrete sound.



[Synesthesia as a line given up]

Madness is, no doubt, a most important theme of Pink Floyd's music, but another unforgettable factor in their music is surrealism. I suspect that the first step in Floyd's surrealistic journey was 'The Man' (first part of 'The Man & The Journey'). The relation between the surrealistic sense and usual daily life is two sides of the same coin, the same reality. Usual daily life was an important theme of Floyd. Following the process of their surrealistic creations, 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' followed 'The Man' and then possibly 'Household Objects' followed 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast'.
As you know, Floyd gave up the theme of 'Household Objects' and chose a theme of insanity instead. Of course the relation between insanity and sanity is two sides of the same coin, the same human consciousness.



[Notes]

  • Word "synesthesia" is a term of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Stanislav Grof, a Transpersonal psychologist of worldwide reputation as psychoanalysis for a fetus, is a cooperator who developed holophonics with Hugo Zuccarelli.
  • I advanced a new theory in my book unique in the world that Floyd is Transpersonal music. I wrote Floyd music theory in my book from both side of science and side of psychology. And I combined these by synesthesia theory.
  • Holophonics binaural recording system is in 80's. 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' was in 1970 already.
  • And in my opinion, Pink Floyd music may be the product of the sixth sense.


* A reproduction from The Bright Side of the Moon
* Special thanks: Correction for the English texts is provided by Miss Rachel Funari and Miss Alicia Baturay.





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