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Monday, September 17, 2007

Astronomy Domine

The Pink Floyd album "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" was released 40 years ago this year (R.I.P. Syd). The band, and the song Astronomy Domine hold synchromystic significance with the events surrounding Richard Branson and the "Strange Case of Steve Fossett" which I have been writing about since the day after he went missing on Sept. 3rd.

Film director Stanley Kubrick and Pink Floyd seem to have held one another in rather high esteem. Although neither ever worked with one another it is often noted that Kubrick wanted "Atom Heart Mother Suite" for use in "Clockwork Orange" (he used the album cover instead) and Floyd members always felt let down that they had no music in "2001: A Sapce Odyssey". Floyd's 1973 record breaking album "Dark Side of the Moon" holds symbolic resonance with the "Wizard of Oz" film which I have attempted to connect to both Fossett and Barron Hilton's Flying "M" Ranch in previous posts. In the same vein, the song "Echoes" from "Meddle" is thought to synch perfectly with a section of "2001". Back in 1980, "The Wizard of Oz" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" were the first two films released on VHS

Insert poster from "Dark Side of the Moon" Night vision of Giza

To quote master resonator Jake Kotze, "now things get a little weird..." On August 27th, 2007 just "7" days before Fossett departed for the one true OZ or God knows where...Sir Richard Branson announced that his Virgin Comics would resurrect 1950's Albion space and time traveler Dan Dare as a new title starting in November 2007, and a feature film is also in development (Arthur C. Clarke acted as science and plot advisor to the first strip). One day later, a total lunar eclipse is scheduled...

Virgin Comics Nov. 2007 1st issue of "Dan Dare".

Notice the OZ-like "Mekon"

Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine"
(Barrett) 4:12

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda
And Titania, Neptune, Titan.
Stars can frighten.

Blinding signs flap,
Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.
Stairway scare Dan Dare who's there?
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground.

The original Virgin Records logo. Gemini with dragon

Only a few short years after Pink Floyd unleashed "Piper" on the planet, Sir Richard was about to launch his "Virgin" record label...his first major release would come in 1973 with Mike Oldfield's haunting "Tubular Bells", made famous for it's use as the theme song to "The Exorcist".

Oldfield's 2007 autobiography "Changling" in which his discusses his "rebirth"

"In 1979, Tubular Bells was used as the main musical score for The Space Movie, a Virgin movie that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The Exorcist track is the score used for the landing sequence of the Apollo flights." (see also the connection to BBC childrens's show "Blue Peter" which has some very special relationships to Dr. Who).

Sir Richard Branson has been quite busy in the two weeks since his friend Steve Fossett went missing. He has been heavily involved (financially at least) in the disappearance of 4 year old Madeleine McCann. Ben Fairhall is by far the foremost writer on the subject of Madeleine...see both his sites for numerous articles on the subject.

Yesterday, September 17th Branson announced he was selling his Virgin Megastores...the line that started it all for him way back in 1970.

Branson and another blonde McCann

This isn't the first time Branson has been connected to a McCann however, anyone recall his short lived reality show on the Fox Network in 2004 called "Rebel Billionaire"? One of the contestants was a Jessica (Jess as she is known) McCann. Jessica is from Washington, D.C. and of no relation to the family of Madeleine (as far as we know).

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soundlessdawn said...

Holy, Holy crap Todd. Let me start by saying "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" is in constant rotation here.. one of the best records ever produced in my opinion. I always thought the lyric "Dan Dare who's there?" was one of the most ambiguously amazing English Jabberwockies ever mouthed (no offense Mr. Fairhall). The pyramids, artificial moon,
psychedelic drugs, The Wizard of Oz resynchronized and repackaged through the vibratory mechanism of the great Pink Floyd. I love it. Now we have even more damn blimps with Led Zeppelin making a comeback. Sheesh. The bee's are plotting.

Joshua said...

Ok lot o goodies, sorry I just ate a green cookie... so...
Richard has been ABOOT far too much, was on CNN for 2 hours talking ABOOT nada, I didn't watch all of it mind you just channel surfing. Pink Floyd was my first fav band at 4 , no joke.
You need to listen to Queensryche song: The Lady Wore Red, with all the ladies in red you exhibit.
and I always detested Richie Rich, that prick
late, joshua

FilmNoir23 said...

Pink Floyd was (and in some ways still is) one of my fav's from a VERY early age too.

joshua: will check the Queensryche song for sure.

soundlessdawn: I expect a wonderful new series of vids that might tie all this up in a nice package as soon as you are able again.

the plans and plots are EVERYwhere right now, the only difference is that we are seeing them in plain sight or that is my feeling anyway.

BTB said...

Thank you for the kind words, Todd... Don't know if it's true though!

Great stuff recently... Particularly enjoyed the John Denver interlude. Did you know Denver was also a one-time board member of the World Federalist Association (hence the album 'One World.')

Love the Branson/McCann connection... I can't promise not to use that photograph myself at a later date. ;)

Thanks Todd,

FilmNoir23 said...

Oh Ben, you silly sod...of course you are! We all look to you for great writing and truth seeking.

The Denver line runs quite deep and I didn't go into all the ramifications right away because I am fairly sure we haven't seen the last of this story.

BY ALL MEANS you run with that photo...I was thinking of you when I came across that was uncanny.