"Dark Side of the Moon A Cappella" is an all-vocal version of Pink Floyd's magnum opus "Dark Side of the Moon." No instruments were used in the recording of this unique version of the album. Eight singers and one "vocal percussionist" (similar to a beatboxer) recreate the original work in its entirety.
The album was recorded in 2005 in High Definition, without breaks between the tracks (as in the original), and is as close to the original in timing as possible, thus preserving its "Wizard of Oz Compatibility." Produced and mixed by the renowned a cappella Producer, Freddie Feldman, this recording breaks new ground in both the worlds of a cappella and rock.
In addition to the CD version, a limited pressing of 300 records were pressed on heavy-weight vinyl in 2007. It was remastered for vinyl by Doug Sax and Kevin Grey for this special pressing.
Dark Side of the Moon A Cappella has been nominated for Best Pop/Rock Album in the 2006 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs).
When Jon Krivitzky contacted me early in 2003, he said he was putting together a group for a live performance of the entire album of Dark Side of the Moon...live. He asked if I would do the vocal percussion for it and I thought he was pretty nuts. Forty-five minutes of complicated vocal music, sung without any breaks between the songs- this was a pretty hefty project. I had never really listened much to the original album, and I didn't realize what an amazing experience I was about to have.
The live performance went really well, but what we really needed to do (in my opinion) was to make a great recording. I decided to take Jon's project even further and produce the CD version of Dark Side of the Moon A Cappella. I had produced dozens of a cappella albums already and was sure I could make this unique recording sound really special.
From an audio production standpoint, this is no run-of-the-mill a cappella CD. We recorded all the parts using Hi Definition gear, in order to capture as much of the performance as possible.
It's pretty rare to have an album (of any kind) that has almost no breaks between the songs/tracks. Recording a mostly instrumental album, without any actual instruments can be tricky. We tried to include the full spectrum of sounds, timbres, and emotions that the human voice is truly capable of making. I assure you every sound you hear was created only by voices. No instruments. No drums. Just a cappella.
I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this album possible, especially my wife Jill who really helped me get through it all without totally going insane (although it would've been appropriate, eh?). Of course, the singers were all phenomenal, and that always makes producing an album a pleasure.
Since the rock group Pink Floyd released the album The Dark Side Of The Moon on March 24, 1973, it has been recognized as a high water mark in the world of pop culture. Like many popular artistic works, it has been reexamined in countless forms. It has been reproduced by reggae bands, string quartets, and bluegrass ensembles. There have been theatrical presentations, including laser light shows, fireworks displays, and showings employing the now famous correlation to The Wizard Of Oz.
At the root of "Dark Side of the Moon A Cappella" is the use of a cappella as a means of taking the music to a different, more personal, level. The distillation of the forty-five minutes of instrumental and vocal music into nine voices is intended to at once highlight the power of the human voice and reveal new depths of the original material. There is a rawness to a cappella performance that lends itself well to the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of Pink Floyd in general and this album in particular.
I had no idea how difficult and rewarding a journey this would be when I started out in late 2002. My thanks go out to those who stuck with me throughout the grueling process, alternately inspiring and encouraging when things threatened to fall apart.
My sincerest wish is that this interpretation does not get in the way of the beauty and richness of the original masterpiece; I have no desire to replace it in anyone's mind. If you are already a serious or casual fan, I hope this album provides a satisfying new perspective of the material. If you've never experienced Dark Side of the Moon, I hope this album will inspire you to seek out the source. You won't be sorry.
Thanks for listening.