Talkin' Hawkin'

Album: The Endless River (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This features Stephen Hawking's vocals. It uses a sample of the British theoretical physicist's synthesized voice taken from a speech he made for a 1994 British Telecom commercial. (Hawking has suffered from a neuromuscular dystrophy since his early twenties that has left him almost completely paralyzed). Drummer Nick Mason told The Sun: "On one level, it's Stephen Hawking having a problem communicating and yet the sound of that voice is positively interstellar. He can communicate across galaxies with that sound."
  • This marks the second time Hawking has appeared on a Pink Floyd album. He previously lent his voice synthesizer to The Division Bell track "Keep Talking."

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