When the case helped David Gilmour

When the case helped David Gilmour

After the abandonment of Syd Barrett in 1968, i Pink Floyd years were spent searching for a new sonic direction.

In 1971, with the creation of “Meddle“, the band finally took a new path, the one that then achieved future success thanks to albums like “The Dark Side of the Moon” And “Wish You Were Here”.

The album, which was made with an experimental creative approach, is composed of only six tracks: five on side A (which include three songs over 5 minutes) and the entire second side occupied by a 23-minute suite (in perfect prog style) entitled “Echoes” an epic concentration of psychedelia and funk.

Echoes” is considered one of the significant stages of the group, a composition that marked a crucial moment in the career of Pink Floyd and in particular of David Gilmourwho took on the role of one of rock’s most significant guitarists.

The song is famous for Gilmour’s flawless, flawless solos, but one of the most iconic moments is when the guitarist creates otherworldly bird-like sounds using an incorrectly inserted wah pedal.

Gilmour explained in a 2009 interview that this effect was a fortuitous accident (by serendipity) discovered between 1969 and 1970, when a roadie connected a wah pedal the wrong way. The result was a jarring and powerful but horrible noise, which Gilmour was able to control and incorporate into his performance through the use of a volume pedal and a delay.

A curiosity about “Meddle” lies in the cover, the only one designed by Pink Floyd and not by the graphic studio Hipgnosis of Storm Thorgerson who always took care of the band’s graphics (and who didn’t agree with the use of that mysterious cover art). The English group’s choice was to depict a human ear underwater.