Sysyphus Parts 1-4

Album: Ummagumma (1969)


  • Sysyphus, more commonly spelled as 'Sisyphus,' was a figure of Greek mythology who was punished by being made to roll a rock up a hill for all eternity. >>
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    Phil - Liverpool, England
  • Conventional wisdom is that this music was made under the influence of LSD, but that's a common misconception about Pink Floyd. With the exception of their founding member Syd Barrett, the band wasn't big on acid, but was very adventurous musically. Said David Gilmour: "We were fairly brave, and would put anything on a record that amused us one way or another."

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  • Jeremy from Ventura, CaR.I.P Mr. Wright
  • Bill from Erie, PaThis was an hommage to Rick Wright's favorite composer, the German avantguardist Karlheinz Stockhausen, who just passed away at the end of last year. Stockhausen was known for his groundbreaking work with electronic sounds and controlled chance in serial music, and he appeared on the cover of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Both Wright and Roger Waters have paid tribute to his influence on the band.
  • Bill from Erie, PaWright used only keyboard instruments on this song- keyboards, piano and organ.
  • Ryan from Plano, Txit makes sense that "Sysyphus" is about the greek figure of the same name, since part one and the last half of part four sound alike (i.e. starting to roll the boulder up the hill, then the sudden shrieking organs symbolize the boulder rolling back down the hill, then it reverts to the part one music to symbolize him beginning to roll the rock back up the hill)
  • John from Acton, CaI like part two of Sysyphus. It shows the genius of Wright. It is remnant of classical music.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaOften not so much music as exasperating random noise, listening to this song can be somewhat like the described torment of Sysyphus.
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