Marking 50 years since the release of their debut single Arnold Layne and to celebrate Pink Floyd’s unique place in the musical and cultural landscape since, London’s Victoria and Albert museum will very soon open its doors to the much anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains.
Simply put Pink Floyd have been one of the most influential and successful music bands ever to emerge from the underground London psychedelic scene of the 1960’s. Daring and creative, both musically and visually, they also achieved massive commercial success globally with a substantial recorded output since that includes, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, and The Division Bell. This first major retrospective of this iconic band is sure to be “an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey though Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world”.
And the V&A with its passionate and long association with contemporary culture and design is the obvious choice of venue that will no doubt be hoping to achieve a success similar to its David Bowie retrospective, until now the most visited show in the museum’s history. Co-curated by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell the exhibition will bring together under one roof much of the group’s iconic imagery both previously seen and unseen, including artefacts and staging from the bands long career, accompanied and enhanced all the way with a brand new immersive remix of a live version of a “Comfortably Numb" 3D soundtrack experience, which was recorded at the Live 8 concert in 2005, the last time David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright played onstage with former member Roger Waters.
"The “Comfortably Numb” mix will use AMBEO 3D Audio Technology used in the Abbey Road Studio Two and will allow the audience to “walk around inside the music of Pink Floyd” while at the Victoria & Albert exhibition" website Smash.com reports, "This will be made possible by surrounding the audience with Sennheiser loudspeakers to create full immersion. This 25 speaker setup will include eight subwoofers, 16 of their KH420 monitors, plus a ground floor of subs, a ring of subs about five meters high, and then overhead more subwoofers which Franglen refers to as 'the voice of God.'"