Pink Floyd will be holding a 360-degree music exhibition of their “Comfortably Numb” track that was played and recorded at a Live 8 performance several years ago. Sennheiser will be partnering with the English rock band to make the exhibition possible.
“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will be using Sennheiser’s new Ambeo 3D technology. Visitors will be treated to a 360-degree sound stage. Talk about commitment to the craft!
“Comfortably Numb” was one of Pink Floyd’s last live performances where all of the band members were present. It included David Gilmour’s sweet solo and the signature analog machine synth sound. Watch a clip of the live performance below.
Pink Floyd was one of the very first group of musicians that pushed for quadrophonic sound. What we usually listen to day by day is stereo sound where there are only two outlets: left and right. The band now wants to use modern technology for a better 360-degree sound experience compared to their previous live gigs.
Why This Matters
We have been stuck with stereo recordings for several decades now. It is possible to have a 7.1 setup at home but that would be ridiculously expensive. Your favorite band or artist would also have to mix and master a new track engineered for the 5.1 or 7.1 setup.
Sennheiser is re-engineering “Comfortably Numb” for the Ambeo 3D 360-degree experience which means that it will not be just one track played on many speakers. If you have a 5.1 home theatre setup, you know that the standard MP3 file will still sound the same even with that many speakers.
Stereo vs. Surround Sound
If you want the best possible listening experience, you’ll want to aim for a surround sound setup in the future. It’s far from mainstream tech today as most artists do not have the equipment or the time to master and engineer a surround sound track. Still, it’ll be a step forward for the industry to treat our ears with more than just the LR channels.
Why Pink Floyd?
Unlike most pop artists today, Pink Floyd still stands by using analog instruments. Their “Comfortably Numb” performance at Live 8 saw an analog synth instead of the usual digital keyboard controllers DJs and other artists use today.
Personally, I use Pink Floyd’s tracks to test out if a headphone or earphone is worthy of my purchase. Their album “Dark Side of the Moon” has a diverse range that lets me hear if the bass, mids and highs are tuned just right. (Tip: Don’t use MP3s because they will most likely have more white noise and data loss due to compression)
The Future of Music
While a surround sound setup at home seems expensive, artists could use modern tech to give live performances more life. It could even solve the problem of fans in the farther places during a concert not hearing enough of the music. You’ll be able to buy general patronage tickets and still enjoy good sounds.
“The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will opens May 13 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I hope Sennheiser can also bring their Ambeo 3D tech to the Philippines too.
Learn more about Pink Floyd’s partnership with Sennheiser below.