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Encyclopedia > On the Run (Pink Floyd song)
The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon cover
Album by Pink Floyd
Released March 2, 1973
Recorded Abbey Road
June 1972-January 1973
Genre Progressive rock
Electronic music
Musique concrète
Song cycle
Length 43:00
Label Harvest (UK)
Capitol (US)
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Professional reviews
Tracks
  1. Speak to Me (1:08)
  2. Breathe (2:48)
  3. On the Run (3:31)
  4. Time / Breathe (Reprise) (7:04)
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky (4:47)
  6. Money (6:23)
  7. Us and Them (7:48)
  8. Any Colour You Like (3:25)
  9. Brain Damage (3:50)
  10. Eclipse (2:06)

"On the Run" is the third track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It is an instrumental that deals with the pressures of travel (which Rick Wright said would often bring fear of death), and is a VCS3 synthesizer-led piece. When the band performed this song in concert, a model airplane would fly from one end of the arena to the other, appearing to crash in a brilliant explosion. The same effect was used in the A Momentary Lapse of Reason tours with a flying bed. The Dark Side of the Moon (titled in the 1993 CD release as Dark Side of the Moon) is a 1973 concept album by Pink Floyd. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (800x800, 115 KB)Cover of Pink Floyds album The Dark Side of the Moon. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... 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Contents

Composition

This piece was created by feeding an 8 note sequence into the EMS VCS3 and speeding it up, with a white noise generator adding the high hat sound. The band then added guitar parts, created by dragging a microphone stand down the fretboard, and panned left to right. There are also some other synthesizer parts, made to sound like some type of vehicle passing, giving a Doppler effect. The 8 note sequence (D, F, G, F on octave below Middle C, and D, middle C, D, E on Middle C octave) is played at a tempo of 180, and modulates upwards occasionally. Near the end we hear an explosion which gradually gets quieter, leading up to the chiming clocks marking the introduction of the song 'Time'. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Parts of the guitar. ... A microphone, sometimes referred to as a mike or mic (both IPA pronunciation: ), is an acoustic to electric transducer that converts sound into an electrical signal. ... The fingerboard, also known as a fretboard, is a part of most stringed instruments. ... A source of waves moving to the left. ...


When the Dark Side of the Moon suite was performed in 1972 (before the album was released), it went under the title "The Travel Sequence" and was, instead of a complex electronic instrumental, a more simple guitar jam, without the use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments. A short clip of this is played on the DVD "Classic Albums: The Making of Dark Side of the Moon" and can also be heard on all performances of Pink Floyd playing the album live in that year. DVD (commonly Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Voices

  • At 27 seconds into the piece, the sound of a female voice on a loudspeaker can be heard. Some think it to be an airport public address system, saying "Get your tickets and your passports at the ready, we make a brief stop at customs and then we begin. Now boarding flight 215 to Rome from Colorado Fields." The talking continues for nearly thirty seconds, but some of it cannot be heard because a helicopter like noise is played over it.
  • At 1:54, Roger the Hat, a Pink Floyd roadie, says: "Live for today, gone tomorrow. That's me", then laughs. The laughter on the CD version sounds markedly different to the laughter on the record.

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Trivia

  • When the album is listened to along with the film The Wizard of Oz Dorothy sings "Over the Rainbow" while "On the Run" is played. This forms an interesting contrast. The initials of the titles in both songs are OTR. Also, if the viewer uses his/her imagination, it seems that Dorothy is watching "planes" fly overhead.
  • The Chicago Bulls NBA team uses On The Run for visiting-team player introductions.
  • When the band perfomed the song live, all (except Wright) disappeared from the stage

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Alternative and Live versions

  • A live version of the song can be heard on the Delicate Sound Of Thunder concert video. This version did not appear on the CD release.

Delicate Sound of Thunder is a Pink Floyd live double album from the David Gilmour-led era of the band which was recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. ...

Notes

  1. ^ The track number depends upon the edition of the album; some releases merge the two tracks "Speak to Me" and "Breathe," for instance.

 
 

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