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These Students Officially Won Lockdown With Their Pink Floyd Performance

Students record 44 minute video of ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ over lockdown.

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Students from North Massachusetts recorded the entirety of Pink Floyd’s album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. It is now featured in a 44-minute video on YouTube. 

Spending more than 950 weeks on the charts and selling more than 45 million copies worldwide, we defo want to find out more. 

So, let’s start at the beginning. Like the rest of the students across the world, online learning became the new norm for undergraduates during lockdown. As everybody else sat with their cameras off and hoodies up behind their laptops, this class arranged the entirety of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. They painstakingly decided the allocation of each part, and which instruments would work best. It was in this modern-day Mozart-Esque fashion that this video was born. 

It’s hardly believable that some of these students had never even met before. Coming from all over, it was brought together by professor Alan Williams. He taught the class and decided to conjure up this 1973 masterpiece. 

“This is very much a product of COVID,” Williams says. “Some of how good this turned out was no doubt the pure joy the students felt playing something together, with other humans, other students. They were so overwhelmed to make music with other musicians. It elevated everything.” 

It is precisely this wholesome spirit which captures some of what lockdown has been about. It brought people together, but not only the students. Across the globe, the band have been inundated with comments. One viewer even wrote, “You made me cry with your performance, folks.” He even works for Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist/vocalist and the album’s lyricist. 

Indeed, a senior business major from Townsend said he was “shocked by the response.”  He carried on by saying that he “ thought it would go over well around school… (but) To see it practically blowing up on YouTube and social media… (felt) amazing.”

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