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Encyclopedia > Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
“Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”
Song by Pink Floyd
Album A Saucerful of Secrets
Released June 29, 1968 (UK)
July 27, 1968 (US)
Recorded August 7-8, October 1967

January 1968
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Genre Space rock, psychedelic rock
Length 5:27
Writer Roger Waters
A Saucerful of Secrets track listing
Remember a Day
(2)
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
(3)
Corporal Clegg
(4)

"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). It was written by Roger Waters, and features a drum part by Nick Mason. The song was regularly performed between 1967 and 1973, and can be heard on the live disc of the 1969 album Ummagumma and seen in the movie Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For space rocks, see asteroid. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer. ... A Saucerful of Secrets is the second album by rock band Pink Floyd, and arguably one of the first progressive rock albums. ... Remember a Day is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). ... Corporal Clegg is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... A Saucerful of Secrets is the second album by rock band Pink Floyd, and arguably one of the first progressive rock albums. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Ummagumma is a progressive/psychedelic rock double album by Pink Floyd, released in 1969. ...


The song was started in August of 1967, with overdubs recorded in October of that year and in January 1968. In the book Pink Floyd - through the eyes of... by Bruno McDonald, Roger Waters admitted to "borrowing" the lyrics from a book of Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty period (which was later identified as the book Poems of the late T'ang, translated by A.C. Graham).[citation needed] Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong Hand-painted Chinese New Years duilian (對聯 couplet), a by-product of Chinese poetry, pasted on the sides of doors leading to peoples homes, at Lijiang City, Yunnan Poetry is the most highly regarded literary genre in ancient China. ... For the band, see Tang Dynasty (band). ...


Some of the "borrowed" lines were written by Li He, whose poem Don't go out the door contains the line "witness the man who raged at the wall as he wrote his question to heaven", and Li Shangyin, whose poetry contained the lines, "watch little by little the night turn around", "countless the twigs which tremble in dawn," and, "one inch of love is an inch of ashes." Li He (李賀 790-816), with the courtesy name of Changji (長吉), is a short-lived Chinese poet of the late Tang Dynasty, famous for his unconventional and imaginative style. ... Li Shangyin (李商隱 Lǐ Shāngyǐn, also known as 李義山, Li Yishan) (between 810 and 813- 858), was a Chinese poet of the late Tang dynasty, born in Henei (now Qinyang, Henan Province). ...


Additionally, the main riff resembles a phrase played by Jimmy Garrison in his introductory solo prior to "My Favorite Things" on the John Coltrane album Live At The Village Vanguard Again!, although this is most likely coincidental.[citation needed]. The main riff is played by David Gilmour on guitar. The riff E E F E D E... is in the phrygian mode. Its "Indian" character was very fashionable for pop music at that time. Jimmy Garrison (March 3, 1933 – April 7, 1976) was an American jazz double bassist best known for his long association with John Coltrane from 1961 – 1967. ... Coltrane redirects here. ... Live At The Village Vanguard Again! is a jazz album by saxophonist John Coltrane. ... Due to historical confusion, Phrygian mode can refer to two very different musical modes or diatonic scales. ...


This song as well as others by Pink Floyd influenced author Douglas Adams in the creation of the fictional band "Disaster Area" in his book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Disaster Area is known to be the loudest band in the universe. Similar to Pink Floyd their set is one with many visual effects and ends by crashing a spaceship into the nearest sun. Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980, ISBN 0345391810) is the second book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams. ...


"Set the Controls" also appears on the compilation album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd which was released in 2001. Alternate uses: Echoes (disambiguation) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. ...


The song is also unique in Pink Floyd's body of work, as being the only song the band recorded that has both David Gilmour and Syd Barrett playing on it. Originally recording started with Barrett, but Gilmour later came in after his dismissal and overdubbed most of the lines, burying Barrett's.[citation needed] For the Canadian writer and television journalist, see David Gilmour (writer), for the jazz guitarist see David Gilmore. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ...


The song has featured in the set list for Waters' 2006-2007 tour, and previously his In the Flesh tour, featuring stills from the videos of Arnold Layne and Scarecrow, respectively, projected on large screens. In June 2002, audiences enjoyed a surprise when the two nights at London's Wembley Arena saw the appearance, as guest drummer for the performance of the track, of Waters' former Pink Floyd bandmate Nick Mason, the first indication of a reconciliation following the acrimonious split of the mid-1980s. After expressing an interest in reviving The Dark Side of the Moon following his performance with Pink Floyd at Live 8, Roger Waters announced that he would be staging The Dark Side of the Moon Live, a worldwide concert tour. ... In the Flesh is also the name given to the promotion tour of Animals Returning from a 12-year long hiatus from the road, Roger Waters In The Flesh concert tours were a showcase of his best known work from his days with Pink Floyd to his most recently released... Arnold Layne was the first single released by British Psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd, shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. The song was written by Syd Barrett, Pink Floyds co-founder and original front man. ... The Piper at the Gates of Dawn track listing Chapter 24 (Track 9) The Scarecrow (Track 10) Bike (Track 11) The Scarecrow is a song on Pink Floyds debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), though it first appeared as the B-side of their second... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Wembley Arena at Night (Taken at a live WWE Show). ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ...

Contents

Alternative and Live versions

  • Pink Floyd performed the song from 1967-1973. In 1984/1985 and from 1999-present, Roger Waters has performed the song.
  • On both the live Ummagumma disk and the Live at Pompeii: Directors Cut , the song is significantly extented with a wide range of dynamics. For instance the drums stops in the quiet middle section. Without the usual rock'n'roll rhythm section guitar and echoed Farfisa organ drift into abstract electronic soundscapes. Overall, the live version of the song has a more exotic feel to it than does the studio version.
  • A version of the song features on the In the Flesh: Live DVD, containing a saxophone solo.

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Cover versions and allusions

  • A cover version was also done by prog metal supergroup OSI and is on the bonus disc of their debut album OSI.
  • Another version of the song was done by Israeli doom/death band Salem.
  • Psychedelic metal band Kylesa cover the song live and recently recorded a studio version of it.
  • Psychic TV covered the song on the tribute album "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute".
  • The Titanics wrote and sang a song with the same name, however, the lyrics are radically different.[1]
  • On Erasure's 1994 release of their single "Run to the Sun," a remix by Chris and Cosey is titled the "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun Mix."
  • In 1996 Barry Adamson released a song entitled "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis" on his album Oedipus Schmoedipus, which featured Jarvis Cocker of Pulp on vocals.
  • LCD Soundsystem references the song in "All My Friends," a song on their 2007 album, Sound of Silver. One of the song's lines is: "You switch the engine on/We set controls for the heart of the sun/one of the ways we show our age"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins have covered it at at least one gig
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show incorporate saxophone and electric guitar solos, and a didgeridoo drone is played continuously through the song

OSI is an American progressive experimental supergroup formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2003. ... The State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, transliteration: ; Arabic: دَوْلَةْ اِسْرَائِيل, transliteration: ) is a country in the Middle East on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. ... Doom metal is a form of extreme metal music that emerged as a recognized sub-genre during the first half of the 1980s. ... Salem is an Israeli doom/death metal band, pioneers of the Oriental metal movement. ... Kylesa is a metal band from Savannah, Georgia. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Titanics were an Australian indie rock band fronted by David McCormack from Custard. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... Run to the Sun is a song by British synth pop duo Erasure, released as the second single from their sixth studio album I Say, I Say, I Say. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Barry Adamson (June 1, 1958) is a British rock musician who has worked with Magazine, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Pan Sonic, and has worked on film soundtracks for David Lynch. ... For other uses, see Oedipus (disambiguation). ... Jarvis Branson Cocker (born 19 September 1963, in Sheffield, England) is an English musician, best known for fronting the band Pulp. ... Pulp were a rock band, formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, by then 15-year-old school boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Sound of Silver is the second album from LCD Soundsystem (a. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... // The Australian Pink Floyd Show (aka TAPFS) are a tribute band of Pink Floyd. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored musical instrument usually considered a member of the woodwind family. ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... A didgeridoo. ...

Personnel

For the Canadian writer and television journalist, see David Gilmour (writer), for the jazz guitarist see David Gilmore. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Richard William Rick Wright (born July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London) is a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A typical vibraphone. ... George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Nicholas Berkeley Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ...

References


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Below are the Chinese sources of the main lines from 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' and some from 'Cirrus Minor'.
I first made the connection between 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' and Poems of the Late T'ang in the early 1990s while watching the Live at Pompeii video.
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