5. The Pink Thing (overview)

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2006

A man called Syd

About a year, a year and a half, ago I had this splendid idea of making a small Flash based game, basically a point and click puzzle that would use Pink Floyd covers (mostly by Hipgnosis) in a kind of interactive way. I made a preloader (a pink pig, of course) and an introduction that consisted of 16 Floyd covers that had to be clicked in chronological order during the game. Puzzle #1 (of 16!) was based on the famous See Emily Play 'train' cover that uses a drawing from Syd Barrett himself. Add to that...

The Rough Guide To Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd fans have been diminished to a bunch of pathetic wankers if you ask me. I know, I am one of them. We discuss the fact if Syd Barrett was having an Earl Grey or an Orange Pekoe tea on Sunday morning the 18th of November of the year 1967 and we are proud of that. You slowly become a Pink Floyd wanker (PFW for short) when one realizes that the amount of Pink Floyd tribute CDs starts to become bigger than the volume of official Pink Floyd albums. Magazines with Pink Floyd on the cover make a pile...

2007

Alvin 'Little Pink' Anderson

Day to day a year after Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, died from a diabetes related disease I learned that Alvin 'Little Pink' Anderson is suffering from the same illness. For those who are not aware who Little Pink is, he is the son of legendary Pink Anderson. It was his name, together with Floyd Council, that Syd Barrett combined to baptise the band he was playing in. He had found these names on the liner notes on the back of a Blind Boy Fuller LP and these two were among the artists cited as being...

Astral Pipers Forum

The Astral Pipers Forum has closed down since a few days. For how long, we do not know and not all of its members could be warned. (Dion's website hasn't been updated since February.) We were a very close community there and formed wonderful friendships. One of our members has formed a break-away Late Night forum for us Pipers to meet again. This is in no way a ploy to take existing members away from the original forum should it come back. This is a call for Astral Pipers that are currently "Lost...

Astral Pipers Forum Back Online

In the beginning of May the Astral Pipers forum, a place for Syd Barrett fans to meet, was closed down. The reasons why are a bit redundant now, suffice to say that some internal quibbling between members was the source of it all and that at the end Astralpiper1, as we used to know him, pulled the plug. It's a known story that has happened to a lot of fora before. The homeless members soon started a new forum, Late Night, and this was a nice new haven for all of them, friends and foes, believers and...

Easter Eggs Lost On An Island

I really haven't found the time yet to listen to the 40 years anniversary cd of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, why should I, I know it by heart anyway, and there is already a new DVD of David Gilmour, the guitar and voice of Pink Floyd (as opposed to Roger Waters who auto-defines himself as the creative genius of that same band). This leaves me speculating about the two other band members, what could one say about Richard Wright? Or about Nick Mason? Perhaps playboy drummer would be a good epitheton...

Fasten your anoraks!

No Pink Floyd release nowadays without a controversy between the fans, the (ex-)band members and/or record company. The Pink Floyd's first album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' has been celebrating its fortieth birthday and boys and girls that gravy train is riding again. Out comes a luxury package containing 3 disks: Piper in stereo, Piper in mono and a third disk containing the first 3 singles - 5 tracks, one B-side is exactly the same as on the album version and is not repeated - plus 4 alternative...

Florbcast

A couple of years ago I discovered the slightly fantastic audio freeware Audacity and immediately started to play around with it. These were also the days that I was deeply into The Orb so I started to make an audio mash-up mixing tunes from that band with the geriatric dinosaur of rock called Pink Floyd. Probably I started with the job in 2003 although this may have been a year earlier. One of my earliest attempts was to mix the chants by the otherwise unknown Magupa tribe on Absolutely Curtains with the...

Pink Floyd Mini-Vinyl Studio Box Set

EMI tries to hijack Christmas shopping with a seventeen Pink Floyd cd-set, containing all studio albums (and one live, actually) from the band. So everything is included starting from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (that has just been re-re-re-released in a 3 disk deluxe box) till The Division Bell. Perhaps it is better to tell here what is not inside. Not included are the various Pink Floyd compilations (obviously, although they contain enough spare bricks to make it a starting point for a...

The Pink Floyd Pie Chart

From time to time I get these weird ideas. Most of those just stay buried in my head. You have maybe already wondered why there is a Star Trek category on this blog with two and a half and only two and a half messages inside. That is because I had (and still have) this crazy plan to write a sequel to an original Star Trek episode. Because I often wondered, what happens with the inhabitants of a certain planet after Kirk leaves the crease? I even downloaded some population viability software and that came...

2008

Astral Pipers Forum Down Under

Hey, is that Charley?Yes...Hello Charley...Great. This week I have been trying to write a eulogy for the fact that the Astral Pipers #2 forum has disappeared, but alas what is there to say? The first Astral Piper forum, a very successful spin off of the Astral Piper website, collapsed when some people started to accuse some other members from things that really don't matter anymore. A partial account can be found here but is not always pleasant to read. What also wasn’t nice was that a few dozen...

John Lennon called him 'Normal'....

Norman ‘Hurricane’ Smith (February 22, 1923 – March 3, 2008) was part of the Golden Age at EMI. One of his very first assignments as engineer was the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates classic Shakin' All Over in 1960. Already in his thirties when he began with EMI, Smith came up through the ranks the hard way, learning the ins and outs of Abbey Road's three studios. By the time he got to engineering The Beatles, he'd already learned to compensate for the sometimes acoustically odd...

Kopfgeburten

This week, sad week, brought me scattered thoughts, feelings and sensations. Let me empty my cerebral scrapbook first before I continue with the subject of the day. Activate cynical mood warning… 1 Three weeks ago a Belgian soldier was killed in Lebanon attempting to dismantle an Israeli bomb. He was posthumously decorated and the big shots praised him for his bravery. Strange enough nobody from the Belgian government had the guts to convene the Israeli ambassador and to officially demand for an...

Late Night

The Late Night forum – a haunt for the Syd Barrett obsessed – as it epithets itself, has changed location and can now be found at http://www.latenightdiscussion.com/. For the moment there is a discussion going on if this forum should advertise its existence. There are of course pros and cons. Pros Pro is that people who are seeking information about the life and works of Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett should be able to find this place. If one googles for Syd Barrett (or even tries Syd Barrett Discussion or...

Perplexed Orbbery

One of the best Orb disks ever is called Moonlight Orbbery but it can only partially be credited to LX P and partners. It is, in fact, a remix-rehash-mash-up Projectst from Bill Bbroo Brooks that was distributed amongst Orb fans in the year 2002. If you are into spacey soundscapes you will not be disappointed provided you could still find the little gem of course somewhere in a forgotten time curve of the wwweb (long time since I’ve seen that word floating by). After Moonlight Orbbery had received...

Si les cochons pourraient voler…

Have you ever seen President Sarkozy on the telly giving a speech? He always thinks he is doing a bloody Hamlet. His performances, because that is what he thinks they are, remind me more of Louis de Funès (or for the non-Francophiles among us: Benny Hill) than Napoleon Bonaparte, another one of those short short-tempered little men with a short fuse who think they can rule the world. This post contains a fairly well hidden review of the Pink Floyd biography Pigs Might Fly by Mark Blake. To cut...

Solidarnosc

Years ago I used to make some fun with those Iron Maiden fans who wanted to buy every piece of vinyl defecated by their favourite band. Each album contained at least four singles. Every single existed in different formats and they all had one or two unreleased numbers. Probably Iron Maiden has got more unreleased bonus material floating around than regular album tracks. "Look.", said one of these metal (although in those days we still called it hardrock) guys when he ran to me out of...

Stardust

1 A couple of days ago Amazon delivered me my semestrial bunch of Pink Floyd related books. It came in a carton box so big that I feared I would have to build a library next to my house. Amazon cares about books, obviously, and that is why they give books enough space to breathe and to stroll around a bit during the journey from Amazon Ville to Felixtown, where I live. But during the adventurous journey two of them not only had made acquaintance in a formal, but also in an amatory way. When I opened the...

When the right one walks out of the door...

It has been a sad week for us, music lovers. Rick Wright, one of the founding fathers of the band Pink Floyd, died of cancer. Wright was a member of the 1963 R&B cover band Sigma 6 that would grow, a couple of years later, into the next hip thing when Syd Barrett joined the gang. The hip thing would soon become a monster, a gravy train, a dinosaur, it had its up and downs, it was praised and loathed by the so-called serious music press. I am not good at obituaries, and who am I to write one...

2009

Barrett: first in space!

It is a good thing that for the last few weeks I have been busy with several walkthroughs for the adventurous nookie monster ArianeB and that my review for the most recent French Syd Barrett biography, Syd Barrett, le premier Pink Floyd by Emmanuel Le Bret vegetated in that small Bermuda triangle called My Documents. Right after I had read the book my opinion about French authors was as follows; I give you an unpublished exclusive excerpt from my first draft: As long as French biographers keep on...

Cheap Tricks

The best Pink Floyd book I've read in years is of course Mark Blake's Pigs Might Fly. Don't tell this to his friends and relatives but I know from a reliable source that he prays at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit from time to time. The funniest book about the Floyd are the memoirs, not of Nick gentleman drummer boy Mason, although they are good for a chuckle or two, crusty apple pie indeed, but those of Guy Pratt. About a third of My Bass and Other Animals colours pink as Guy joined the diet Floyd,...

Pink Dreams

Some exciting news arrived last weekend through a Pink Floyd portal. Alex Paterson, head spinner of the band The Orb, said in an interview that he and David Gilmour had entered a studio ‘to work on an album’. The news was vague and titillating enough to make all kind of assumptions. Did this mean that LX & DG were attempting a Fireman trick à la Youth and Mc Cartney? Perhaps Alex had finally lured Dave in his spider web with a little help from Guy Pratt who can be...

2010

Gravy Train to Cambridge

Some changes here at Felix Atagong's Unfinished Projects. Our sister venture the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit has been vegetating for the last couple of months, due to the fact that the main subject of its existence, Iggy or better said Evelyn, has been found and is alive and kicking at the British seaside. As the main quest of that blog was exactly that, finding out if Ig was still around, The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit is now confronted with the fact that its primary goal has been reached. A crisis...

Julian Palacios' Syd Barrett biography

Julian Palacios, contributor and friend of the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit let us know that the revised version of his Syd Barrett biography (first edition, 1998 already) will be out any day now. So, for the first time in the history of Felix Atagong's Unfinished Projects, let us celebrate a commercial break. Update: The final title is 'Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe', and it is out 29 September in Europe and America (Source: Julian Palacios). Here is a loud announcement. Silence in the...

Metallic Spheres

About, let me count, thirty-four to thirty-five years ago I was seriously investigating the so-called UFO phenomenon. Or whatever serious means for a sixteen years old adolescent who urgently wants to get laid but has found out that the chance to witness an encounter of the third kind is statistically more probable than to have an close encounter with the opposite sex. I was a member of the Belgian Sobeps association, long before the Belgian UFO wave hit the skies and as the Internet was still a...

The Big Barrett Conspiracy Theory and other FAQs

Contents  Introduction: Amazing AmazonReview: Pink Floyd FAQ - Stuart SheaReview: Syd Barrett: A very irregular head - Rob Chapman Amazing Amazon ⇑ Amazon is a company that continues to amaze me but as the so called quality book- and cd-shops in Louvain refuse to order the books and records I would like to read and listen to I am obliged to use this mogul of mediocre taste. Plus they have the uncanny habit of actually delivering books to the reader weeks before these arrive in the...

The Relic Samples

There was a time when I would put in the latest Orb CD and murmur blimey! Blimey because The Orb pleasantly surprised you or blimey because Alex 'LX' Paterson and band utterly frustrated you. They had that effect on me for years from their very first album Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (1991) until the quite underrated Cydonia (2001) and often the wow! and shit! effect could be witnessed on the same disk, most notably on Orbus Terrarum that probably contains the freakiest ambient track ever (the...

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