Dortmund, 4 September 2018 – “The Wall” has set records. The double album with the distinctive “Wall” artwork is the bestselling double album in the world, still unbeaten today. The multimedia interactive exhibition “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” opening its doors on 15 September 2018 in the Dortmund “U” should also be filed in the drawer marked “Superlative”. The script for the retrospective exhibition offers a look back to a unique band’s career. What can be seen and heard is 50 years of music history over 1,000 square metres, arranged chronologically from the beginnings of the British cult band of the 1960s to the present day. With the story being told via more than 350 exhibits, many previously unseen, the perfectly synchronised innovative audio technology enables the distinctive sound of Pink Floyd to be experienced. Music fans from throughout Germany will undoubtedly flock to the exhibition from 15 September 2018 to 10 February 2019.
Anyone visiting the “U” to trace the footsteps of the British cult band is either a fan of the non-conformist rebels who made people sit up and listen with the progressive style mix of rock, jazz, blues and classical, or will instantly be turned into a new fan. Making a special appearance at the exhibition ahead of its opening will be Nick Mason, founding member of the band.
Recounting his memories of the band’s eight nights at Dortmund’s Westfalenhallen, Nick Mason will be on hand to answer key questions about the Exhibition’s German stop on the tour.
Edwin Jacobs, Director of the Dortmund U, said: “Dortmund now completes the circle. We have won the bid exclusively for Germany and this time will be playing in the same league as international cultural hotspots such as London and Rome. For five months the Dortmund U will provide a home for Pink Floyd and its distinctive career and will look back on mindblowing stage appearances and legendary album covers. Behind this band, embodying both musical and visual revolution, there is also, after decades of their creative work, still very much that is mysterious – our interactive exhibition will also tell you about this. The Dortmund U, is also a beacon for the development of new formats relating to the digital world. Because of its prominent height, the U is visible even from afar. A beacon for art and culture.“
When you walk through the darkened rooms on the sixth U floor, you will find lots to see and hear. You will be shocked at how close to Pink Floyd eclectic history you become. Music and interviews with the band members are played over the innovative audio guide headphones as their glorious career comes to life through your own eyes and ears, just like being in London in 1967. Behind the glass cabinet of an old Ferguson cathode ray tube TV, next to it a photo of David Gilmour, just 19 years old, practising on his guitar, while a Dansette Major record player shows how the then hot tracks were brought to life. The visitor is taken to “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, the debut album of the band in the same year. A few metres further on, one year later “A Saucerful of Secrets”, then in 1969 “Ummagumma” and in 1970 “Atom Heart Mother”. The exhibition visitor goes with them on a grand North America tour and is present when the lads play backgammon backstage in the breaks to relax. In 1971 “Meddle”, then “Live at Pompeii” and “The Dark Side of the Moon”. No album, nor no tour is left out, a lot of new memories are on display: with up to now unpublished concert recordings, original instruments, handwritten notes and many highly personal mementoes of the members of the British cult band.
How does it feel to have a go at mixing a Pink Floyd song yourself? The visitor can join in the experience with full sound: two professional mixing consoles are available, anyone can have a go – on drums, sax, bass, keyboards and lead vocals. “The Division Bell Tour” in 1994 is impressive evidence of what high organisational input is behind the work of the band: within seven months Pink Floyd played 110 concerts “straight” in Europe and North and Central America in front of 5.5 million fans. The facts and figures are striking: 53 articulated lorries, 18 production trucks, eight tour buses, two Boeing 747 cargo aircraft and an Antonov military plane – for crew, material and 700 tonnes of steel. Oh and 32 exclusive songs in their hand luggage!
Interactive exhibition “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” When the visitor nears the end of the exhibition, another spectacular highlight awaits that does justice to the pioneering spirit of the British band. After the staff kindly request the removal of the headphones, the last steps lead into an immersive performance zone. Blue light, soft mist, and a sound system that moves and carries you away. The fans stand amid the music and are completely surrounded by sound via an extraordinary 3D audio experience – while at the front on the 20 square metre screen David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters can be seen at the global Live 8 concert in 2005; their last appearance together. With the technology of tomorrow, as if it were yesterday.
As the audio partner for the exhibition, Sennheiser provides unique sound experiences: the legendary music of Pink Floyd and interviews with the band members are automatically played back to the visitors over an audio guide. The highlight is a 360° audio/video installation for which the song “Comfortably Numb” has been remixed in innovative AMBEO 3D audio technology – a unique 17-channel remix, played back over 25 loudspeakers.
DSW21 is on board as the local presenting partner. Social engagement has a high priority at Dortmunder Stadtwerke, cultural sponsorship is writ large. DSW21 supports the Pink Floyd exhibition with much energy, know-how and passion. True to the motto of DSW21: “Mobility & Logistics – Energy & Water – Living spaces – Data Networks. We make it easy!”
Note: With kind support of DSW21, the admission ticket is valid on the day of the event for public transport via VRR (2nd class). This offer is valid for the round trip and - unless otherwise stated - from three hours before starting time until end of business on the day of the event. Visitors to the Pink Floyd exhibition are also entitled to free admission to all other municipal museums in Dortmund. In addition, they receive 20% discount at the German Football Museum in Dortmund and 50% discount at the LWL Industrial Museum Zeche Zollern.
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