Great albums: The Dark Side of the Moon

Course Dates: 03/08/21
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialization of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00

Course Code: MD813

Tue, eve, 03 Aug - 03 Aug '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This class takes one famous album, Pink Floyd’s 1973 Dark Side of the Moon and focuses on its music, lyrics and position in the history of 20th century popular music. We ask questions such as: what makes it a great album? Which features are innovative?

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- An overview of key moments in Pink Floyd’s biography relevant to this album
- Influences on the album
- Key innovations of this album;
– the recording process and production track by track
Some illuminating amusing anecdotes about the creation of the work
Reception history: how was this album received, how it has influenced others; its effect on the band themselves.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify key influences in Dark Side of the Moon: e.g. progressive rock, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cream
- Understand why certain features were innovative at the time this album was issued
- Hear musical and production features in the songs as indicated by the tutor
- Discuss some reviews of the Dark Side of the Moon album and feel confident to explore more on your own.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

- You do not need to be able to read music or understand musical terminology.
- All texts – handouts, PowerPoint presentations - will be in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, or links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Toby Manning

Toby Manning teaches and writes about music, literature, television and film. As a music journalist he wrote regularly for NME, Select, Q, The Word, The Big Issue, and has also contributed to The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Arena, The Quietus and The Face. He is the author of the Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (2006; 2016) (link to the new version: He is also the author of John le Carré and the Cold War (2018). He is currently working on a book of new music writing and a book about Cold War books, film and music.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.