Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon celebrates 50 years with eclipse documentary filmed in Australia

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon celebrates 50 years with eclipse documentary filmed in Australia

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Pink Floyd's timeless masterpiece, Dark Side of the Moon, has hit its golden milestone, and they're celebrating with a special documentary release.

In April, Pink Floyd orchestrated an extraordinary event in Western Australia, inviting eight lucky buggers to experience The Dark Side of the Moon during an eclipse, nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park in Exmouth, Western Australia.

In celebration of 50 years of Dark Side of the Moon, they’ll be releasing the 30-minute documentary on the Pink Floyd YouTube channel for you to watch for free on Friday 13.

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Surrounded by pristine natural beauty, the doco tracks those fortunate few (nicknamed the Astronomy Domine Eight) who were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they listened to the album under the Australian sky.

Pink Floyd timed it so that Roger Waters’s iconic closing lines from the album’s final track, Eclipse, coincided with the awe-inspiring moment of a total solar eclipse.

The Western Australian destination was specifically chosen for the event as it’s said to be the best place to experience the rare phenomenon. The remote UNESCO world heritage site is roughly 1200 km north of Perth and is known for its rugged coastline, undisturbed bushland and coral reefs.

As the moon obscured the sun, those lyrics, “but the sun is eclipsed by the moon,” reverberated through the landscape, creating a breathtaking fusion of music and cosmic spectacle.

The creative genius behind this project includes Pink Floyd’s longtime Creative Consultant and Hipgnosis co-founder, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, Director Benny Trickett, and Producer Fiz Oliver.

The 1973 album remains an iconic piece of progressive rock, renowned not just for its musical brilliance but also for its exploration of the human psyche’s darker dimensions. This enduring classic is an auditory journey through existentialism, mental health, the relentless march of time and its impact on our sanity … Rodger Waters was going through some shit, hey.

With over eight billion streams on Spotify, Pink Floyd remain just as relevant and extraordinary well into the 21st Century. It’s a testament to the timelessness of their music, which continues to inspire and captivate audiences half a century on.

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