On the second episode of his podcast, David GIlmour talked about the use of acoustic guitars in his career and he also revealed how Pink Floyd’s classic “Wish You Were Here” was written.
The start of ‘Wish You Were Here’ has got a bit of mythology around various cables being taken out of studios and running to cars and running back again. The start of that track…
“The track was supposed to be imitating the sound of a car, music being played coming out of the radio. We did actually run a microphone out into my car in the car park in the front of Abbey Road.
“I just twiddled with the dial, we recorded some stuff just twiddling with the dial and the changing of stations and used a bit of it all on ‘Wish You Were Here.’ These strange things that happen, it’s the weirdest synchronicity that you get, those strange voices saying weird things.
“And then we did it again on [1979’s] ‘The Wall’ album, exactly the same thing. You know you’re going to get something fantastic.
“Nowadays, of course, you press the button and you change the channels between stations. In those days, you just turned the thing and it gradually went from one end to the next one.”
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