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Pink Floyd installation “Brainstorms: A Great Gig in the Sky” – a first look

These are the first pictures of Brainstorms: A great performance in heavena new interactive experience at central London arts centre Frameless. Created as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The dark side of the moona project that has spawned numerous reissues and even celebratory turntable designs. The installation was curated by Gala Wright, daughter of Pink Floyd co-founder and keyboardist Richard Wright.

Gala Wright in Brainstorms: A great performance in heaven installation

(Photo credit: Antonio Pagano)

Since Wright's death in 2008 and the resulting de facto end of Pink Floyd as a touring and recording band, Gala has been closely linked to how the Floyd legacy is preserved and presented. In the modern era, the vast and complex artistic intellectual property of great bands can be reinterpreted in numerous ways. The lucrative ABBA Experience Voyage is one direction, but visualizations and venues are evolving rapidly.

Brainstorms: A great performance in heaven

Brainstorms: A great performance in heaven

(Photo credit: Antonio Pagano)

Pink Floyd is perhaps more controversial than most, with the surviving members taking very different and often conflicting paths. Roger Waters celebrated the anniversary by re-recording the album in its entirety, which was controversial. The Dark Side of the Moon Reduxa stark contrast to David Gilmour's more distant and reserved semi-retirement and Nick Mason's return to smaller gigs with his band Saucerful of Secrets, a joyous celebration of the early, more psychedelic material of Pink Floyd.

“This project was born out of my desire to engage with the album’s 50th anniversary,” says Gala Wright Background*“I presented ideas to the band back in 2021, but it was too early to really focus on it.” At a subsequent meeting with Richard Warp, CTO of California-based Pollen Audio Group, the ideas began to take shape. Warp, the installation's artistic and technical director, works closely with technology companies to explore ways to make modern audio systems more immersive.

Brainstorms: A great performance in heaven

Richard Warp in Brainstorms: A great performance in heaven installation

(Photo credit: Antonio Pagano)

The seeds for the Brainstorms project were planted last autumn at Dolby’s London headquarters. Using a Dolby Atmos speaker system, the Pollen team scanned the brain activity of over 100 participants as they listened to “The Great Gig in the Sky,” Richard Wright’s celebrated instrumental composition from TDSOTMcreated together with singer Clare Torry.