Ummagumma (1969, 1973), Atom Heart Mother (1970) or Meddle (1971) with 2001 – A Space Odyssey (1968)
For years it has been rumored that Pink Floyd’s masterpiece “Echoes” from Meddle can be played while watching “Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite” from 2001 – A Space Odyssey. Many people have enjjoyed this sync and consider it one of the best. Kenny Dreamx introduced me to his Ummagumma/2001 sync some time in 1999, and I was impressed with it but was unsure if it was intentional. Toward the end of 2001, Jimmy Heidecker sent me a note about his discovery of a complete sync for this movie adding the remaining portions to Kenny’s sync. After some experimentation, I concluded that Jimmy almost had it right. He had the right songs but in the wrong order. What I present here is what I believe is the intended sync, but I admit that this is most complicated sync on this page, and the one in which I have the least confidence. However, it is very enjoyable to watch.
Ummagumma was re-released on cassette in 1973 with all of the studio songs and only one of the live songs. The songs were in a completely different order than the original 1969 double-album release. It is this re-ordering of the songs that is crucial for this sync. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to use the cassette version to perform this sync, most CD players can be programmed to reorder the tracks during playback.
The sync begins with a piece from Meddle, follows with the Ummagumma cassette tunes, continues with the title track from Atom Heart Mother, returns to the Ummagumma unused live tracks, and concludes with Meddle’s “Echoes.” The pattern is:
Meddle – Ummagumma – Atom Heart Mother – Ummagumma – Meddle
Start the sync right at the beginning of the film’s Overture. Play the songs in the exact order listed below until the end of the movie. Some versions of the movie, such as the DVD version, have an Intermission in them. If it does, pause the music during the Intermission. (On the DVD version, the word Intermission appears on the screen for a short time, then the screen goes blank. Resume the music at this moment because the actual movie has restarted. On the VHS version, there is no Intermission, so there is no need to pause the music.) “Entr’ acte” appears on the screen in some versions just before the next scene. Music is playing in the movie at this time.
1. One of These Days
Ummagumma (1973 Cassette Side 2)
2. Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
3. Sysyphus: Parts I, II, III, and IV
4. The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party: Part I – Entrance, Part II – Entertainment, and Part III – Exit
Ummagumma (1973 Cassette Side 1)
5. Astronomy Domine
6. The Narrow Way: Parts I, II, and III
7. Grandchester Meadows
Atom Heart Mother
8. Atom Heart Mother
Ummagumma – Live Album
9. Careful with That Axe, Eugene
10. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
11. A Saucerful of Secrets: a. Something Else, b. Syncopated Pandemonium, c. Storm Signal, and d. Celestial Voices
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