Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

atom heart mother

The first thing I did on this remix was to split up the sections of the Atom Heart Mother Suite. Welcome to the world of shuffle Roger Waters and company. Back in the days when vinyl ruled the world you would throw on an album side and listen to it. It didn't really matter whether it was 5 or 6 songs or just 1 really. If the band didn't care about getting AM radio airplay that was fine.

Back in the day I had no problem listening to a complete album side track. When I discovered the shuffle feature on my first iPod that all changed. Even before iPods you could shuffle CD's and before that even, people would create 'mix tapes'. Today I might even consider it arrogant for a band or musician to ask a listener to commit 20 to 25 minutes of their listening attention solely to their music.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in '68 could probably be considered the first rock album with a full side track. Dylan and Zappa released some but they were less than 15 minutes each. The Jazz guys had been doing it for years. Well before that many classical compositions filled entire album sides and here I am referring to suites like Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture that contain continuous music with no breaks. Atom Heart Mother released in '70 was the first one for Pink Floyd with a full-side track.

In the end I wanted to give the piece 'shuffle' possibilities and it is sometimes quite interesting to hear the different sections of the piece in a new context.

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